Police ramp up scrutiny of commercial vehicles

Truck drivers are being warned that police will be keeping an extra eye out for them over the next two months.

Acting Inspector Lex Soepnel, Acting Manager for Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Team, said commercial drivers should expect to have more checks on their vehicles.

"Our teams will be doing even more vehicle inspections and checkpoints as we head into the end of the year," he said.

Police say the end of the year can mean driver fatigue is an issue.

"At this time of year, people are naturally feeling that background weariness with the end of the year approaching," said Acting Inspector Soepnel.

"So it's even more important to make sure they are getting enough sleep between shifts," he said.

Police advise commercial drivers to follow four basic behaviours :

- Wear your seatbelt, 

- Don't drive impaired by fatigue, drugs, or alcohol, 

- Don't drive distracted  like texting on your phone

- Don't drive too fast for the conditions or over the speed limit.

"We focus on these behaviours for a reason  we know they are the four main contributors to death and injury on our roads," said Acting Inspector Soepnel.