Tradies the key target Tie down, cover loads: police
A TOWNSVILLE driver has lost his licence as part of a police crackdown on work vehicles.
The motorist was busted doing more than 40km/ h over the legal speed limit and was issued with a $ 933 fine as well as six-month licence suspension.
A total of 27 infringement n o t i c e s w e r e i s s u e d t o tradies as part of Operation Tradie which focused on insecure loads on the back of work utes. Townsville traffic b r a n c h o f f i c e r - i n - c h a r g e S e n i o r - S e r g e a n t T o n y Goddard said six tickets were handed out for insecure loading in a five-hour period.
He said each driver copped a $ 233 fine.
‘‘ Any person driving a utility, truck or light truck with a load on the back needs to secure it with a cover or a s t r ap,’ ’ Sen-Sgt Goddard said.
‘‘ A lot drive around with a load that is not secured.
‘‘ This means the load can be blown out or fall out, but the main thing is that if they are involved in a crash the load can become airborne and harm a pedestrian or damage property or another motor vehicle.’’
There were a l s o t hr e e tickets issued for seat belt offences and two for mobile phone use.
These drivers have also lost demerit points.
Sen-Sgt Goddard said the operation covered North Shore, Mount Louisa and the Bohle between 6am and 11am on Wednesday. He said the target was a similar offence to carrying insecure rubbish, a common situation since Cyclone Yasi.
The council’s Community Safety chairman Cr Dale Last said people taking both green and domestic waste needed to ensure that it was tied down and covered.
‘‘ Basically this prevents it from falling on to the roadway,’’ he said.
Cr Last said following Cyclone Yasi people had complied with this requirement, but it was an ongoing concern when carrying rubbish to the tip.
Police conducted a similar operation on work vehicles in November, with 11 people for caught with insecure loadings. In September a f urther six t radies were caught letting their tools roll around free in their trays during an eight-hour period.
‘‘ It’s generally tools, tool boxes, ladders – those things in the back of utilities," SenSgt Goddard said.
He said police usually carried out the operation once a month, meaning tradies doing the wrong thing would eventually be caught.