Cowboys caught in unlicensed trucks
A POLICE crackdown on unroadworthy and unlicensed heavy-haulage trucks in Toodyay has resulted in court appearances for three owners and four drivers.
(Pictured below) This truck was stopped for bald tyres, oil leaks and no fatigue-management log book.
Ten work orders for vehicle defects were also issued.Read more
Police are focussing in particular on Toodyay Road between Sandplain and Fernie Roads, and in Fernie Road itself which is a busy route for heavy trucks carting rubbish from Perth and elsewhere.
A total of 23 trucks were stopped last month in three separate operations involving Toodyay police and officers from the Wheatbelt Traffic Unit.
Four fully laden prime movers with trailers were found to be unregistered, and one driver was caught with a small quantity of an illegal drug.
“Most of the major carting companies are pretty good for vehicle safety compliance, though their drivers sometimes get stopped for speeding or other traffic offences,” Sgt Conder said.
“However, we’ve also stopped heavy prime-movers and trailers with bald tyres, broken brake and indicator lights, oil leaks, no seat belts and other defects, Sgt Conder said.
“These heavy trucks are mostly owned by smaller Perth companies that cart building waste and other similar rubbish to local Toodyay tips.
“If a truck is unregistered, both the driver and the owner have to face court, and if there is an accident the owner is liable to pay for all damages and costs.”
Sgt Conder said the heavy-haulage truck crackdown would continue this month, including police checks on driver fatigue management logbooks, which are required to be filled out for each journey.
“Some drivers change routes when they hear where we are stopping trucks,” Sgt Conder said.
“But we know these tricks and are able to respond quickly and without warning by changing locations,” Sgt Conder said.
“If you drive a truck in Toodyay, make sure it is registered and compliant because you will be stopped.”
Stirling Terrace drug drivers
ANOTHER eight drug drivers were stopped in Toodyay last month.
Suspects were required to undergo police roadside ‘lick and spit’ swabs which tested positive.Read more
The offenders were mostly men who were pulled over during random traffic stops, including in Stirling Terrace.
The drug drivers were among 323 motorists breath-tested for alcohol in March.
“I’m pleased to report that there was not a single drink driver among them, and we congratulate Toodyay motorists for that,” Sgt Conder said.
APRIL marks the start of an intensive local police blitz on incorrectly secured and unlicensed firearms.
“Police will turn up unannounced at farms and other properties to inspect gun cabinets and the location of licensed firearms from an updated list held by police records in Perth,” Sgt Conder said.Read more
“The Wheatbelt has a high incidence of stolen firearms that end up being used in robberies in Perth and elsewhere.
“Toodyay has 900 registered firearms owners and we aim to ensure their guns can’t fall into the hands of criminals.
“I’ve had guns pointed at me and it’s something I don’t appreciate that much.
“Innocent people such as shop assistants, bank staff, service station attendants and customers should never have to face it.
“The starting point is to ensure guns don’t get stolen in the first place, which is why we make no apologies for this crackdown.
“Police officers will be turning up at properties unannounced, day and night, seven days a week.
If breaches are prevalent, there’s a high chance that offending gun owners will be charged and their firearms confiscated.
TOODYAY police raided a town property last month and discovered a large cannabis plant being grown inside a house.Read more
“It was about a metre tall and a metre wide,” Sgt Conder said.
“Other drugs and drug paraphernalia were also seized.
“Investigations are continuing.”
SGT CONDER will again head off from Perth to Canberra on his motorcycle for this year’s Wall 2 Wall police charity ride.
It will be his fifth Wall 2 Wall ride after completing last year’s Mongolia charity ride to raise funds for sick children.Read more
“I have enjoyed every ride to Canberra,” Sgt Conder said.
“The journey from WA to the South Australian border is pretty predictable, but after that we can change it around a bit.
“This year, we are fund-raising to help families and children of fallen police (Police Legacy).
“Many families have suffered the loss of serving police officers who paid the ultimate price with their lives while defending the community.
“We lost a valued police member in Toodyay only last December, so the risks are real.”
This year’s ride is in September.