Council conducts second truck patrol

Issued Friday 6 July 2018

The City of Casey’s Local Laws Officers will undertake another planned blitz over the next fortnight to nab people breaching the Road Safety Road Rules 2017 and Casey Community Local Law 2018.

The blitz will focus on trucks and residential parking, including trucks parked in driveways and ensuring that drivers have the current permit that allows them to do so.

As outlined in the City of Casey’s Draft Parking Strategy, parking of over-length and heavy vehicles in residential areas is a significant issue in Casey.

Council recognises that many residents are involved in work utilising heavy and over-length vehicles, however parking in residential areas presents several issues.

Not only does it impact the amenity of streets and neighbourhoods, it also creates issues of noise for adjoining properties, safety risks associated with poor visibility, and potential damage to underground infrastructure.

Council enforces these laws based upon the number of complaints received from concerned residents.

Officers will hone in on site line issues, unsightly issues and safety issues including the lack of reflectors at night, and the narrowing of roads. They will also clamp down on noise issues related to trucks starting their engines prior to 7.00 am in residential areas.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said Council officers must conduct patrols such as these when safety issues are reported.

"Council must ensure that the safety of our residents, as well as other road users is not being compromised by people not following the rules," he said.

"As with our last blitz, we hope to find a high level of compliance."

Other road related offences regarding breaches of the Road Safety Rules 2017 include:

  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Unregistered vehicles
  • Cars parked over footpaths and driveways
  • Cars parked facing the wrong direction
  • Cars parked illegally on footpaths, reserves and nature strips
  • Cars offered for sale in public areas

Council conducted a similar blitz in May following safety concerns, and as a result closed 22 customer requests and issued a total of six infringements. Each of these infringements were for trucks left in built up areas for more than one hour.

For more information on the Local Laws or Road Safety Road Rules 2017 visit the Local Laws webpage.