Safety fo­cus dur­ing com­pli­ance checks

ABC (Australia) - - NEWS -

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.

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