Inspectors hit the roads

Department of Transport inspector Kylie Dando checks the tyres of a car on Shute Harbour Road.
Department of Transport inspector Kylie Dando checks the tyres of a car on Shute Harbour Road.

TRANSPORT inspectors will be out in force this Easter.

Inspectors have launched a crackdown on defective vehicles on Queensland’s roads and Whitsunday residents are being urged to ensure their vehicle is up to scratch.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan and Member for Whitsunday, Jan Jarratt said Operation Safe Drive Holiday was launched to remove defective vehicles from roads prior to the Easter holidays.

“All drivers are responsible for ensuring their vehicles are road worthy and not a potential threat to their lives and the lives of others,” Ms Nolan said.

“Any vehicle in Queensland can be pulled over by inspectors at any time and if a defect is found, the driver could be fined and lose licence points.”

“Where inspectors find a dangerous defect, the vehicle will be removed from the road until it’s fixed and the driver can be fined up to $200 and three demerit points for the offence.”

Ms Jarratt said inspectors would check such things as braking, tyres, signals, suspension and exhaust emissions and vehicles would also have their registration checked. “I urge all drivers to have their vehicles checked by a mechanic and make sure any defects are repaired, for their own sake and that of other road users,” Ms Jarratt said.

“Easter holidays are always very busy times on our roads so it’s important that we all ensure we’re driving a safe vehicle - and that we drive it safely.

“Inspectors will be on roads right across the state and they are authorised to stop any vehicle for safety checks.

“With that in mind, be prepared before heading off on your Easter holidays and enjoy every moment of your break.”

Car checks

What inspectors will be looking at?

• Brakes

• Tyres

• Lighting

• Steering

• Suspensions

• Vehicle registration and compulsory third party insurance will also be checked.

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