A truck was grounded and seven ticket issued during a heavy vehicle operation in Terang on Wednesday.
A police spokeswoman said that following a series of collisions involving heavy vehicles across the south-west this year, Terang police officers decided to get proactive to ensure the compliance of some of the biggest vehicles on the roads.
"Operation Optimus was run by Terang police members, teaming up with Warrnambool Highway Patrol unit officers, Camperdown and Cobden police, and VicRoads officers," she said.
"A roadblock was conducted on High Street in Terang, specifically targeting heavy vehicles on Wednesday."
Fifty-five heavy vehicles were intercepted over six hours and 20 cars, with 75 preliminary breath tests conducted.
"There were seven defect notices issued for heavy vehicles that did not meet the roadworthy requirements to be on the roads," she said.
"One heavy vehicle was grounded immediately to rectify its faults. Infringement Notices were issued for using an unsafe heavy vehicle, breach of work hours and exceed the speed by between 15-25kms."
The spokeswoman said numerous warnings were given out for minor breaches and defects, with the aim of educating drivers.
"Terang police will continue to target heavy vehicles, conducting further operations in the future. We want everyone to stay safe this winter," she said.
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