POLICE have busted a Victorian woman trying to sneak into Queensland by hiding behind the driver’s seat of a truck.
Officers were conducting a major operation on Wednesday targeting freight vehicles entering the state when they pulled over a prime mover at the crossing in Texas.
During a search of the vehicle, they found the 51-year-old woman hiding in the back.
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The woman and the 61-year-old male driver were each issued a $4,003 infringement for failing to comply with the Queensland Border Direction and told to leave the state immediately.
A Victorian woman hiding in the cabin of a truck has been uncovered during a major operation targeting heavy vehicle compliance at Queensland's borders. https://t.co/6C8H1iA1Df pic.twitter.com/qoHPCfQBfZ
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) October 14, 2020
More than 180 heavy vehicles were intercepted as part of the operation, which also busted three drivers for driving under the influence of drugs.
Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder said the operation indicated a satisfactory overall compliance of the Public Health Directions within the freight transport industry.
“Officers intercepted a significant number of vehicles and while there were some issues identified, the vast majority of truck drivers clearly understood their requirements to social distance and limit their contact others while in Queensland,” he said.
“Unfortunately, some drivers were not complying with laws around drug driving, fatigue management and vehicle maintenance.”