A FIVE day truck inspection program in South Gippsland has found the road transport industry is getting the message about the need to ensure trucks are as safe as possible.
VicRoads director of Regulatory Services Eric Henderson said it was encouraging that most trucks had no major faults and were able to move on with little disruption.
“This reflects the industry’s growing understanding of the need to ensure trucks receive regular maintenance so they can safely share the road with other road users,” Mr Henderson said.
The recent campaign in Leongatha, Koonwarra and Cranbourne was part of Operation Trishula, a joint operation with Victoria Police and WorkSafe, which is being rolled out across the state.
“Operation Trishula encourages truck owners and fleet operators to invest in safety.
“As a major part of Victoria’s road landscape, it’s essential all trucks can share the road safely.
“Unfortunately not everyone understands that, so it falls to VicRoads and other regulators to identify problems and take whatever action is appropriate.”
More than 120 trucks were checked across the three sites.
Of these, 84 were subjected to a detailed inspection and 17 vehicles were found to have major faults.
These covered matters including brakes, steering and suspension.
“Trucks earn their living when the wheels are turning. Even a short stoppage has a cost, so it’s in everyone’s interests for those stoppages to be as brief, and infrequent as possible,” Mr Henderson said.
“Lives depend on it.
“We want to work with the road transport industry to ensure the sector is able to operate effectively and travel safely on the state’s roads which they share with other road users.”