Unregistered B-double ‘had 12
worn tyres, oil and air leaks’
A TRUCKIE from Young driving a B-double laden with watermelons is facing a raft of safety breaches after the vehicle was allegedly found by police to be “unregistered and extremely defective”, with 12 worn tyres and oil and air leaks.
The B-double was stopped by Traffic and Highway Patrol officers and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspectors on the Pacific Highway at Chinderah, south of Teed heads on the state’s North Coast, just before 6:30pm yesterday (Saturday), police say.
They found the prime mover to be unregistered and defective – with major oil and air leaks and its tyres badly worn.
Both trailers were checked over and found to have faulty brakes and a total of 12 bald tyres.
Inspectors also found the load of watermelons was not properly secured.
The 41-year-old man was issued notices to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday, June 4.
He was charged with not notify change of construction of use – heavy vehicle; and use vehicle not suitable for safe use, driver.
Infringement notices were issued for use unregistered class C vehicle on road, use vehicle with expired registration labels, driver fail to provide record keeper copy of page in diary within 21 days, and drive substantial risk breach dimension requirements.
Police and RMS are continuing Operation DUSTY 3 2012 to clamp down on speeding, fatigue and mechanical defects involving heavy vehicles in the Ballina and Tweed Heads areas.
“By demonstrating this sort of lack of personal responsibility, truck drivers are not only place themselves in grave danger but pose a very real threat to other road users,” says Superintendent Stuart Smith from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
“Traffic and Highway Patrol officers, with the assistance of RMS inspectors, will continue to target such offences to bolster road safety.”