Melbourne crackdown on loading practices

Victorian authorities also target drug driving in freeway blitz that uncovers 79 offences

August 16, 2012

Nearly 80 truck drivers were booked for traffic offences in an operation in Melbourne’s east yesterday.

More than 100 trucks were intercepted near the Eastlink tunnel as police targeted those under the influence on drugs, transporting dangerous or hazardous goods and driving with insecure load.

Victoria Police were supported by Vic Roads, Work Safe and the Sheriff's Office in the action.

Out of the 79 offences, one driver was caught driving on a suspended licence, police say.

Three were caught with exceeding prescribed concentration of drugs and 16 were fined for travelling with insecure load, of which two carried dangerous or hazardous goods.

Police describbed the two ‘placard loads' as representing "extremely dangerous practice".

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