Breach sweep sees rise in non-compliance
New figures show more trucks were tested and more safety issues uncovered as Operation Austrans continues.
The latest Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) figures show the state of heavy vehicle standards over the last year.
The number of detected offences hit a record of13,525 this year - up from 12,640 in 2012 and 10,076 last year.
A record number of seatbelt offences too, with 741 issued this year following 633 last year and 714 the year before.
And the “Dangerous Goods/OHS Offences” tally is up too, progressing from 113 in 2012 to 205 last year and now 314 this year.
There were almost 12,000 more trucks intercepted and checked this year than in 2012.
“"These are worrying numbers,” ANZPAA CEO Jon White says.
“Of the offences detected, police caught 290 unauthorised drivers, detected 327 mobile phone/ distraction offences, intercepted 151 drivers at the roadside who were impaired or tested positive for drug driving, identified 3,833 work diary/log book breaches including instances of exceeding work hours and fail to produce, 3,122 exceed mass and/or dimensions and load restraint offences, as well as almost 1,000 drivers caught speeding.”
“While police acknowledge the wider economic benefits of heavy vehicle movements and that most drivers and businesses take their road safety responsibilities very seriously, these results highlight that some don't. This must change.”