Loose load lands Laverton driver in rather sticky situation

A loose load landed a Laverton driver in a rather sticky situation after being intercepted by police on the Princes Freeway.

Victoria Police members from the Westgate Highway Patrol intercepted a Ford utility on the Princes Freeway at Laverton with a load of window frames restrained by nothing more and nothing less than sticky tape.

The driver’s reason for failing to secure the load was “They don’t weigh much.” The driver was issued an infringement notice and directed not to drive any further until the load was properly secured.

A few hours later on the same day, a tray truck was found driving on Duncans Road at Werribee South carrying a heavy metal rack that was only secured by two thin pieces of rope. His reason for not securing the load properly was “I’m not going far.”

The driver was directed not to drive any further until the load was properly secured. He was also issued infringements notices for a load restraint offence and not wearing a seatbelt.

“Failing to properly restrain items on vehicles, both light and heavy, results in injuries and deaths on our roads. No matter how far the load is being carried it must be properly secured with appropriate equipment,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said.

For more information on load restraint regulations, infringements and penalties, as well as information on suitable equipment such as load rated restraint straps or chains, visit the load restraint page on the VicRoads website.

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