26 September 2023

Police hit road to find unworthy vehicles

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ACT Policing is to target the roadworthiness of ACT vehicles this month as part of its monthly traffic focus.

Launching its May traffic focus, ACT Policing said police were concerned about vehicles on the Territory’s roads that put both the safety of occupants and other road users at risk.

“Bald tyres, obstructed windscreens and broken lights all pose a risk to road users,” ACT Policing said.

“Any vehicle on a road in the ACT may be subject to a random inspection at any time,” it said.

“This includes vehicles, whether occupied or not, in car parks and other road related areas.”

ACT Policing said that should any faults be identified, a major or minor defect notice or a warning notice may be issued.

It said drivers should check their windscreen for cracks and chips, wiper blade condition and washer water levels; the condition of seat belts and baby carriers; and that vehicle lights, including indicators were working.

Police also advised people to ensure their vehicle didn’t have any illegal modifications, that ‘L’ and ‘P’ plates were correctly displayed and that number plates on trailers and caravans were clearly visible.

It said there were several instances in which a roadworthy inspection may be required.

“Roadworthy checks are required to ensure the safety of all Canberrans on our roads,” ACT Policing said.

“It is important to take the time to check your vehicle.”

For those people who aren’t confident with vehicles, Police said many mechanics would do a check for them for free, or for a small fee.

Further information on roadworthy inspections and requirements can be accessed on the Access Canberra website at this PS News link.

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