Truck blitz shows fake papers

2013-11-13 00:00

A SHOCKING 29 out of 36 trucks that metro police officers randomly inspected on Thursday were pulled off the N3 near Pinetown.

Two of the trucks were found with forged documentation, and the drivers were arrested on the spot.

The random checks formed part of an annual brake and tyre checking campaign hosted by Fleetwatch magazine. Editor Patrik O’Leary told The Witness the campaign began on Wednesday with a training day at the Traffic Training College in Pietermaritzburg, where 80 traffic officers from the greater Durban area were briefed by representatives from various trucking companies on how to identify specific faults on their trucks.

The officers were then split into groups of 10, with a member from Fleetwatch leading each group and recording the wear and tear issues on the trucks.

O’Leary said in a typical case, both truck and trailer were found to be unlicensed with worn tyres and defective brakes on the trailer. A full tanker also failed initial tests as it had faulty brakes.

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