Police are urging drivers to ensure their cars are roadworthy as driving conditions worsen because of cold and stormy weather.ESTELLE GRIEPINK May 29, 2014 4:07am
Check vehicle: Shepparton police Constable Caitlin Garth and Sergeant Dave Gillespie are urging people to ensure their cars are roadworthy ahead of a month-long operation.
Police across Greater Shepparton will be keeping their eye out for unregistered vehicles and those with unsafe vehicles as part of Operation Zinger, which runs for all of next month.
The operation also aims to educate drivers on the importance of keeping their cars roadworthy.
Shepparton police Sergeant Dave Gillespie said next month was the good time for drivers to have their cars checked for safety.
‘‘At a bare minimum, make sure your headlights are working and your tyres have enough traction,’’ Sgt Gillespie said.
‘‘If you’re not mechanically minded, make sure you attend your local mechanic or tyre shop, or you can visit any police station across Greater Shepparton and have one of the police officers inspect your car for you.’’
Sgt Gillespie said drivers caught driving unregistered cars or ones deemed unsafe could be fined or, in more serious cases, have their registration suspended.
‘‘If you are pulled over, you are liable for a fine of $361 and will be issued a vehicle defect notice which needs to be presented to VicRoads,’’ he said.
‘‘If drivers fail to comply with the defect notice within one calender month, they can have their registration suspended.’’
Sgt Gillespie said drivers should realise unsafe cars could lead to crashes that otherwise could be avoided.
He said the message was particularly important during the winter months, when roads could be slippery or greasy and visibility could be low.
‘‘I’ve certainly been to collisions where vehicle defects have led to the crash,’’ he said.
‘‘Drivers should remember it is their responsibility to ensure their cars are roadworthy and safe to drive.’’
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