Queensland Police have been targeting freight vehicles coming over the border, as part of a three-day operation.
130 vehicles were stopped by officers are three major locations over the weekend, including at Coomera on the Gold Coast.
55 were found to have no border pass or relevant documentation and were slapped with fines of more than $4,000.
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As part of Queensland’s border rules, heavy vehicle operators have to have a ‘Freight Border Declaration Pass’ and must comply with restrictions and departure requirements.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says the lack of compliance is concerning.
“Officers intercepted a large number of vehicles to ensure compliance with transport regulations, freight passes and an overall understanding of Covid-safe practices,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.
“The Queensland community can have confidence the QPS and partner agency Transport and Main Roads are working together to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, but these results do show the time is appropriate to highlight the penalties.
“Travelling in and around Queensland without the necessary documentation will cost you $4,135 if in breach of your Freight Pass directions.
“We are in a position where we will be enforcing these fines to make a very clear point to the freight industry, we won’t allow Covid-19 to hitch a ride into Queensland on one of these heavy vehicles,” Deputy Gollschewski said.