Op­er­a­tion drives for safer kids’ hol­i­days

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

THE fes­tive sea­son is off to a safer start, with trans­port in­spec­tors con­duct­ing road­side safety checks for pri­vate ve­hi­cles across Queens­land un­til De­cem­ber 14.

Trans­port and Main Roads di­rec­tor gen­eral Neil Scales said Op­er­a­tion Safe Ve­hi­cle – Hol­i­day aimed to keep mo­torists safe by in­creas­ing road and ve­hi­cle safety un­der­stand­ing.

“We want to en­sure ev­ery­one is safe on our roads, es­pe­cially dur­ing the busy hol­i­day pe­riod,” Mr Scales said.

“This op­er­a­tion is about re­duc­ing me­chan­i­cal-re­lated crashes by mak­ing driv­ers and own­ers more aware of any safety con­cerns with their ve­hi­cle be­fore trav­el­ling these hol­i­days.

“This ini­tia­tive takes place four times a year, dur­ing or in the lead-up to school hol­i­day pe­ri­ods.”

Mr Scales said al­most 4000 ve­hi­cles were in­ter­cepted and in­spected across Queens­land as part of these op­er­a­tions.

“Trans­port in­spec­tors will en­sure ve­hi­cles com­ply with safety stan­dards and leg­is­la­tion, with an em­pha­sis on wind­screens, lights, tyres, brakes, steer­ing and sus­pen­sion,” he said.

“Mo­torists are urged to en­sure num­ber plates are in good con­di­tion and not ob­structed by tow balls or other ac­ces­sories, be­fore head­ing out.

“While trans­port in­spec­tors will be do­ing their part, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber keep­ing Queens­lan­ders safe is up to all road users.

“Road safety is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity and we should never rely on trans­port in­spec­tors to tell us when there is some­thing wrong with our ve­hi­cle.

“Pre­ven­tion is key and the best thing we can do is main­tain our ve­hi­cle by per­form­ing reg­u­lar safety checks.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit tmr.qld.gov.au.

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