Defects ‘not accepted’
North Burnett police cracking down on unsafe vehicles
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.