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Crackdown on trucks across Western Downs

SAFETY FIRST: Kevin Kelleher checks his tyres at the truck stop in Dalby.
SAFETY FIRST: Kevin Kelleher checks his tyres at the truck stop in Dalby. Elouise Quinlivan

FOR truck driver Kevin Kelleher, managing driver fatigue comes down to who you work for.

Mr Kelleher was on his way out to Roma from Dalby to start a four-day drive to Perth.

"There is more of a crackdown going on in the industry. I've been pulled over before and had my logbook checked, load weighed, and truck inspected," he said.

Mr Kelleher said while many truck drivers were getting pulled over and checked, the bigger companies were starting to comply with the fatigue rules.

"I work for Hartvigsen L E and get to plan the day ahead without rushing or having to be somewhere at a specific time each day," he said.

Operation Austrans, an annual operation run by the Queensland Police targeting heavy vehicle road safety issues - including fatigue, speed and drug use - was held from May 12 to June 8 across Queensland.

Officer-in-charge of the Dalby Road Policing Unit Sergeant Brett Stevenson said the Dalby, Miles and Toowoomba area was covered with a joint operation between compliance inspectors, Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Road Policing Taskforce and roadside drug and alcohol testing.

Sgt Stevenson said the operation was held for three days in Dalby, as well as a 24-hour shutdown at Jondaryan.

"In the Dalby area there were breaches with excess dimensions, as well as work diary offences and fatigue management offences ... with drivers out by a couple of hours," Sgt Stevenson said.

He said all road users needed to be wary of driver fatigue.

Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said police detected 794 fatigue-related offences, with 280 drivers found to have exceeded their work hours and failed to take a required break.

Operation Austrans

  • Twenty-four-hour shutdown at Jondaryan from midday June 6 to June 7
  • Fifty-five infringement notices issued
  • Drug arrests
  • One warrant arrest
  • Two drink-drivers
  • Two unlicensed drivers (cars)
  • Three disqualified drivers (cars)
  • Fourteen drug drivers detected between Jondaryan and Toowoomba along the highway (both cars and heavy vehicles)

Topics:  dalby driver fatigue fatal five heavy vehicle jondaryan miles operation austrans toowoomba


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