Operation reveals majority of trucks unroadworthy

VicRoads tells trucking operators to make sure maintenance is up to standard following the results of Operation Trishula

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | May 7, 2013

A joint operation targeting trucks in Victoria has found more than half to be unroadworthy.

Victoria Police and VicRoads inspected 111 trucks in the regional centre of Ballarat yesterday as part of Operation Trishula.

Sixty-three of those had their brakes and suspension tested, with half failing the test.

The main defects included tyres, brakes, steering and suspension. VicRoads Acting Regional Director Michael McCarthy also cited rust on truck bodies as a problem.

"Operators and drivers should take this opportunity to check their vehicles for roadworthiness and make sure their maintenance practices are up to scratch," McCarthy says.

"Times are tough for some operators but that can’t be an excuse for unsafe vehicles on the road."

Operation Trishula commenced last October with operations scheduled throughout the state until June.

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