The State Government has been inspecting hire 4WDs as they go on to the River Heads barge to head for Fraser Island.
The State Government has been inspecting hire 4WDs as they go on to the River Heads barge to head for Fraser Island.

Fraser-bound 4WDs deemed unsafe

THE STATE government has checked more than 50 Fraser Island hire vehicles in the first two days of its Operation Safe Hire blitz and the Transport Minister says she is concerned over the crackdown results.

“In the first few days of Operation Safe Hire, transport inspectors from my department have prohibited a number of vehicles from continuing their journey due to serious safety concerns,” Rachel Nolan exclusively told the Chronicle yesterday.

In the first two days of the operation:

  • Seventeen vehicles were prohibited from continuing until they were made compliant; and
  • Nine 4WD hire vehicles exceeded the gross vehicle mass and the same number of vehicles were found to be defective.

Of the vehicles that were overloaded, only one was able to re-adjust its load; the other had to make alternative arrangements.

“I understand the travellers are being co-operative with the inspection teams and in each case the hire company has been contacted and they have made arrangements for their customers.”

Fraser Island 4WD Association secretary Dave Robertson could not be contacted yesterday afternoon.

Ms Nolan said that in five years there had been 106 casualties on Fraser Island involving 4WD crashes.

“That’s why this government has taken action. We’ve introduced some immediate road safety solutions including new speed limits and signage, increased police enforcement and vehicles inspections and we’re also phasing in new initiatives by the end of next year.

“Measures that have been introduced by this government are making driving on Fraser Island safer and providing tourists with a more enjoyable experience when visiting one of Queensland’s most beautiful islands.”



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