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    Quote Originally Posted by W&KO View Post
    Interesting they are setting up at probably the biggest amd very popular caravan park.......


    The Cairns Road Policing unit will be conducting Public Caravan weighing over the coming few weeks (See below locations and dates).

    This is an opportunity for travellers and locals to weigh their caravan and discuss safe towing with Officers from the Road Policing Unit.

    This educational initiative is aimed at reducing road trauma in Far North Queensland.

    Fruit Bat Truck Pads, Captain Cook Highway, Aeroglen
    31/03/2021 - 9am – 3pm
    03/04/2021 - 9am – 2pm
    05/04/2021 - 9am – 2pm
    13/04/2021 - 9am – 2pm
    15/04/2021 - 9am – 2pm

    Pyramid Truck Pads, Bruce Highway, Aloomba
    02/04/2021 - 9am - 2pm
    14/04/2021 - 9am - 2pm

    Silkwood truck Pads, Bruce Highway, Sth of Formosa Rd, Silkwood 04/04/2021 - 9am – 2pm
    09/04/2021 - 9am – 2pm
    16/04/2021 - 9am - 2pm

    Cairns Coconut Resort, 23-51 Anderson Road, Woree
    08/04/2021 - 8am – 2pm
    Donut King opens at 2.30pm up there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    So if you read the article, it’s the Ballarat Police saying they’ll do this, so all
    good unless you’re planning to travel through there.

    Guessing it would be East bound traffic only on the freeway as that’s the only place they could do this where the weigh bridge is.

    So mostly people going home on Monday - remember to throw out the garbage, empty the dunny and drop the water from the tanks. Vic and  Queensland - Police weighing caravansVic and  Queensland - Police weighing caravans
    There is a west bound bridge as well, Gav. It is a little further east of Ballarat and used more often than the east bound one.

    The Vic roads guys have been there for the last two days targeting certain vehicles and pulling them in to the bridge. They even had a Toll truck with the tautliner open yesterday.

    Didn't see anyone there today as I went past.
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    An example that’s popped up on a police page.

    Vehicle detected towing overweight load on the Great Western Highway at Medlow Bath.

    On Tuesday 30 March 2021 a black utility was towing a trailer carrying another vehicle East on the Great Western Highway when it was intercepted by Police attached to Blue Mountains Highway Patrol.

    An inspection of the the towed vehicle revealed the the reversing override lock was engaged on the trailer, meaning the brakes on the trailer were disengaged while it was being towed.

    Further, the towed vehicle was suspected of being in excess of the total allowable weight and was subsequently escorted to the heavy vehicle weigh station at Mt Boyce.

    It is alleged that the total weight of the trailer exceeded the maximum allowable laden weight of 2000kg by a total of 520kg. The driver was directed to unload the vehicle and was issued with a $464 infringement notice for 'Towed vehicle weight exceeds maximum laden weight'. The offence carries 3 demerit points.


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    Quote Originally Posted by W&KO View Post
    An example that’s popped up on a police page.

    Vehicle detected towing overweight load on the Great Western Highway at Medlow Bath.

    On Tuesday 30 March 2021 a black utility was towing a trailer carrying another vehicle East on the Great Western Highway when it was intercepted by Police attached to Blue Mountains Highway Patrol.

    An inspection of the the towed vehicle revealed the the reversing override lock was engaged on the trailer, meaning the brakes on the trailer were disengaged while it was being towed.

    Further, the towed vehicle was suspected of being in excess of the total allowable weight and was subsequently escorted to the heavy vehicle weigh station at Mt Boyce.

    It is alleged that the total weight of the trailer exceeded the maximum allowable laden weight of 2000kg by a total of 520kg. The driver was directed to unload the vehicle and was issued with a $464 infringement notice for 'Towed vehicle weight exceeds maximum laden weight'. The offence carries 3 demerit points.

    Not the smartest - he has a vehicle quite capable of towing that load, but just requiring the correct trailer. Not having the brakes engaged was pretty dumb too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by W&KO View Post
    It is alleged that the total weight of the trailer exceeded the maximum allowable laden weight of 2000kg by a total of 520kg. The driver was directed to unload the vehicle and was issued with a $464 infringement notice for 'Towed vehicle weight exceeds maximum laden weight'. The offence carries 3 demerit points.
    He got away with that! About 15 years ago I got done at Mt White weigh station for 1.5T over on the rear axle. I didn't load the truck, but I didn't weigh it either. I think back then it was about $850, I don't think there were points and it was under the offload weight. I got told to be careful due to braking and sent on my way. Needless to say that afterward we went to heavy rigids and weighing. Even then, although the rears were fine after that, the fronts become very very marginal, I recall on the weighbridge coming in 50kg under on the front and then 2 people jumped in for the journey, I got flagged to come in again at Mt White and then they changed the sign and sent me back to the highway again thankfully.
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