Triple trouble in Meadow Heights

It was a case of three times unlucky for one company yesterday when police took a trio of trucks off the road during a traffic operation in Meadow Heights, Victoria Police say.

Members from the State Highway Patrol (North) were conducting an Automatic Number Plate Recognition operation on Pascoe Vale Road when they intercepted three trucks from the same company between 10am and 12pm.

All three trucks were unregistered, with one having an expired registration and two having suspended registration.

The trucks were parked on the roadside until the company could sort out their paperwork with VicRoads.

The three male drivers of the trucks were not issued with any further infringement notices.

During the morning police detected the following offences:

•19 unregistered vehicles

•Six unlicensed drivers

•Three suspended drivers

•Three positive preliminary oral fluid tests

•One probationary driver offence

•One unrestrained child offence

Two vehicles were also impounded for suspended licence offences.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) provides Victoria Police with an enforcement tool to significantly increase the detection of unauthorised drivers.

ANPR is a camera which has the capacity to scan number plates at a rapid rate and run through a database that contains information of vehicles with an expired registration or defect, vehicles whose registered owner is disqualified from driving, or holds cancelled or suspended licences as well as stolen vehicles.

The system then alerts the operator to the nature of the alert, prompting a police interception.

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