Two people have been issued hefty fines after police discovered a Victorian woman hiding in the cabin of a truck trying to cross the Queensland border.
Queensland Police made the discovery during a Covid-19 compliance operation targeting freight vehicles at Dumaresq Crossing Road at Texas, along the NSW-Queensland border at around 11.40am on Wednesday.
In the video shared to social media by Queensland Police, an officer wearing a body camera approaches the truck driver, informing him they would be checking his licence and border pass.
The driver complies and hands over the documents.
The officer then asks if there is anyone else in the truck, then tells the driver he will be checking the truck.
“I’m going to look and see if there’s another person in there,” the officer says.
The police officer then jumps in the truck, pulls out a torch and moves the curtain behind the front seats.
“G’day,” he says.
“How are you, mate? Would you like to pop out for me, please?”
A woman then emerges from the back of the cabin.
“Didn’t think anyone could fit in there,” the officer says.
According to Queensland Police, the woman is 51 from Victoria, while the male truck driver is 61-years-old.
All of Victoria is considered a Covid-19 hotspot by Queensland and Victorians are prohibited from entering the state.
The woman is then seen standing on the side of the road, while the officer is explaining why he checked the truck.
“As a result of my checks on the device, I identified there may be another person inside the truck, so that’s why I had a look and I’ve located you in there hiding behind the seat,” the officer explains.
The officer then informs the pair he will be refusing them entry into Queensland and that they would both be receiving infringement notices.
Police said in a statement, both of them copped a $4,003 infringement for failing to comply with the Queensland Border Direction.
The officer then tells the driver he has to drive back across the NSW-Queensland border.
The operation indicated a a satisfactory overall compliance of the Public Health Directions within the freight transport industry, Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder said.
“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,” Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder said.
“Unfortunately, some drivers were not complying with laws around drug driving, fatigue management and vehicle maintenance.”
Across three sites in Queensland, more than 180 heavy vehicles were intercepted by police, some drivers were also pulled over for random breath and drug testing.
Queensland Police said three drivers of heavy vehicles returned a positive drug test.
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