Operation AUSTRANS

Every year throughout May, police across Australia and New Zealand participate in Operation Austrans – a collaborative multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional enforcement operation to target road safety issues amongst the heavy vehicle road transport sector including fatigue, speed and drug use.

 

The operation has run for over 20 years, and involves a range of road, transport and safety authorities throughout Australia and New Zealand. All Australian state, territory and police jurisdictions and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) participate in Operation Austrans.

 

National Yearly Figures by Offence Type

 

2010

20111

2012

20132 

General

 

 

 

 

Speed

807

1,757

1,405

 849

Seat belts

489

599

714

 633

Dangerous driving

*

16

15

 23

Unlicensed/ Suspended /Disqualified

294

296

307

 248

Other Offences

1,240

3,450

3,682

 2,696

Dangerous goods/OHS offences

153

96

113

 205

Permit breaches

528

293

542

 269

Improvement notices

*

223

227

 24

Other direction notices

*

306

665

 351

Defect / Work order / Maintenance report / Veh Standards

9,734

3,714

12,640

 10,076

Drug and alcohol offences

 

 

 

 

Drug offences (other than OFA)

39

77

61

 67

Drug driving offenders

61

73

140

 88

Preliminary drug screen tests

*

6,296**

4,828**

 6,323

Drink Driving offenders

17

53

24

 27

Alcotests

*

36,281**

42,070**

 31,990

Fatigue and Work Diary Offences

1,799

2,668

3,564

 3,412

Mass, dimensions and loading

 

 

 

 

Exceed Mass

1340

603

1264

 1,146

Exceed Dimensions

395

967

622

 382

Load Restraint

357

426

644

 610

Chain of responsibility

*

88

215

 579

TOTAL OFFENCES AND NOTICES

17253

15705

26844

 21,685

 

National Yearly Figures by Vehicle Type

Results only include the number of intercepted heavy vehicles exceeding 4.5 tonnes GVM.

 

2010

2011

2012

 2013

Articulated

17,356

27,159

27,120

 23,737

Coach/Bus

1,407

1,033

1,647

 1,450

Road Train

5,547

4,083

4,148

 5,128

B Double

9,282

19,965

19,198

 16,534

Rigid Truck

17,958

21,655

29,843

 22,310

TOTAL Vehicle Class

51,550

73,895

81,956

 69,159

 

 

 

 

 

* data not collected for this category

** Drug and alcohol screening tests are not included in the “Total Offences” figure

Note that not all jurisdictions collect information on each of the categories listed during Operation AUSTRANS.

 

Footnotes

1. Due to unforeseen circumstances New Zealand could not participate in 2011.

2. Note that the figure for NT is for Darwin only (in 2013).