Hundreds nabbed in police operation
THE results are in from a big police-led operation targeting heavy vehicle and marine safety around the port area in Portland recently, but the net scooped up a large by-catch instead.
As previously reported in the Observer, Operation Crossway ran between April 2-4 with its main aim to ensure heavy vehicle operators were complying with road safety legislation, as well as a range of cargo checks to ensure the safety and security of the dock precinct was maintained.
Various police units were joined in the operation by the Australian Border Force, Department of Home Affairs, Maritime Safety Victoria, Victorian Fisheries Authority and VicRoads.
More than 440 vehicles and 100 boats were checked.
During the operation 67 trucks were checked with a focus on traffic, fatigue and compliance breaches, with none having to be taken off the road.
However, police said 68 other vehicles were found to be unroadworthy.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology scanned more than 12,500 vehicles and it found 70 unlicensed drivers, 22 unregistered vehicles and 72 vehicles “of interestto the Sherriff’s office” (generally those owing court-ordered fines).