SA truckies sail through compliance operation on peninsula
OUT of the 152 heavy vehicles pulled over in the latest Eyre Peninsula blitz, South Australia truckies left inspectors with little follow-up paperwork to do.
The provisional results of Operation Eyre Safe yesterday revealed that only one critical fatigue notice and minor fatigue notice were issued, with four work diary offences noted.
The most significant event for officers was the discovery of a B-double found to have no working brakes on either trailer. The vehicle was grounded at Port Augusta until repair work is completed.
Conducted with the assistance of DPTI Vehicle Inspector officers, members of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and specialist SAPOL sections, the operation took place at 'The Tanks', a distinctive rest area at Lincoln Gap, south of Port Augusta.
More than 1200 drivers of all vehicle types were stopped, with 1077 undergoing testing for alcohol and 98 required to submit a drug swab. There were no positive results for alcohol, but five drivers result positive drug tests.
Superintendent Paul Bahr, the officer in charge of the Eyre Western Local Service Area (LSA), said police had been promoting road safety education for all motorists in the area all year.
The campaign began in May in the wake of the cessation of the rail transport of grain in the lower Eyre Peninsula which resulted in an increase in the volume of heavy vehicle traffic in the area.
This operation, he noted, was focused on improving road safety through vehicle compliance, detection of drug and alcohol affected drivers and reducing the impact of illicit drug activity within the LSA.
"Today we are targeting all road users, not just heavy vehicles, but we know that there will be a lot of trucks travelling on the Eyre Highway," he said.
Superintendent Bahr said that large-scale compliance operations will be conducted regularly in the area during the harvest season, with the police keen to promote responsible driving behaviour all road users.
"It is important that everyone play their part," he said. "All drivers need to be patient and give heavy vehicles the room they need to stop and manoeuvre.
"Similarly, heavy vehicle owners and operators need to comply with the law and ensure their vehicles are roadworthy at all times."