386 defect notices issued in DG heavy vehicle blitz

A recent dangerous goods heavy vehicle blitz has seen 1524 heavy vehicles intercepted, with almost a third found to be ‘non-compliant’.

Dubbed ‘Operation Cyclone’, the blitz was carried out by NHVR compliance officers in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, ACT, and New South Wales; as well as authorised Transport and Main Roads officers from Queensland and police from various HVNL states.

The vehicles were intercepted between August 21 and September 17. According to an NHVR spokesperson, the exercise “was designed to benchmark compliance for dangerous goods carrying heavy vehicles.”

A total of 386 defect notices were issued, predominantly for brakes and lights; while a further 411 trucks were identified with non-compliance issues – most of which related to work diary/fatigue and loading violations.

A total of 63 per cent of those intercepted were found to be compliant.

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