Safety focus during compliance checks
Officers from Transport Safety Victoria joined forces with personnel from the Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police Heavy Vehicle Unit and VicRoads to conduct a compliance activity at Melbourne Airport recently.
Drivers were tested for drugs and alcohol and had their licence and accreditation checked, while buses and attached trailers were examined for roadworthiness.
In total 31 buses and 15 trailers passed through the checkpoint, resulting in eight buses issued with defect notices for worn tyres, brakes and glazing. Two buses had to be towed – one for severely worn tyres and the other for not having an operating park brake.
In both instances passengers had to disembark and wait for a replacement bus. The following infringement notices were issued: three to drivers for failing to maintain their National Driver Work Diary; one driver for driving without a current driver accreditation; two drivers for using unsafe vehicles, and two drivers for using unsafe trailers.