POLICE are concerned after detecting 36 unroadworthy trucks in less than a week across Campaspe Shire.
As part of a heavy vehicle operation, police targeted fatigue, drug use, defect and maintenance issues across Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester, Lockington and outlying areas.
Acting Sergeant Kellie Siakew from Victoria Police’s Heavy Vehicle Unit said since Tuesday, it had detected 36 defects, four unsafe vehicles, four insecure loads, two failures to comply with standards, nine failures to record information into logbooks and two seatbelt offences.
Four drivers were also fined for speeding, two for exceeding hours, two for driving unregistered vehicles and one for using a mobile phone.
‘‘Most of them are local farmers,’’ Sgt Siakew said.
‘‘Some of them are interstate truck drivers but most of the ones we see are locals,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a huge concern — and very disappointing — with the number of unroadworthy and defective vehicles but also pleasing to see that we didn’t detect any drug use, considering it’s a nation-wide issue.’’
Sgt Siakew said the operation, which finished on Monday, aimed to ensure heavy vehicles were meeting minimum roadworthy and fatigue standards required to be safe on the roads.
‘‘From the intelligence we gathered, we will be returning to the area soon,’’ she said.
‘‘In the meantime, I would remind farmers on the off-season to maintain their vehicles, especially tyres and suspension which were a big issue.’’