De­fects ‘not ac­cepted’

North Bur­nett po­lice crack­ing down on un­safe ve­hi­cles

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand­

MO­TORISTS are fac­ing a crack­down th­ese school hol­i­days with po­lice is­su­ing de­fect no­tices to numer­ous driv­ers across the North Bur­nett.

It comes af­ter po­lice is­sued around five no­tices in a day.

Sergeant Daniel Clarke of Mun­dub­bera Po­lice is­sued a re­minder to all mo­torists that this type of be­hav­iour would not be tol­er­ated.

“I'd like to re­mind driv­ers that it's an of­fence to drive or park a de­fec­tive ve­hi­cle,” Sgt Clarke said.

Sgt Clarke said he had seen an in­crease in the Mun­dub­bera area.

“The main ones we're find­ing are all tyres, cracked wind­screen, de­fec­tive in­di­ca­tors or head­lights, bro­ken or un­us­able frayed seat belts,” he said.

Sgt Clarke said fines would be is­sued if mo­torists were caught with a de­fect in their ve­hi­cle.

“Any per­son de­tected driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with de­fects will re­ceive a de­fect no­tice re­quir­ing the de­fect to be rec­ti­fied and a traf­fic en­force­ment no­tice is­sued,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads a mi­nor de­fect will re­sult in a $126 dol­lar fine and a loss of one de­merit point.

If the ve­hi­cle is in an un­safe con­di­tion, the driver will face a fine of $252 dol­lars and a loss of three de­merit points.

If a mo­torist un­safely mod­i­fies the ve­hi­cle with­out cor­rect ap­proval, they can face a fine of $378.

Sgt Clarke said it was an im­por­tant mat­ter to ad­dress, es­pe­cially given the school hol­i­days.

“It's im­por­tant to main­tain a safe op­er­a­tion of your ve­hi­cle to re­duce the risk of a crash,” he said.

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