A TRUCK was taken off the road and its driver charged at Chinderah after police discovered the B-double was unregistered and had 12 bald tyres.
Police said in a statement that the truck was "extremely defective".
The B-double, carrying watermelons, was stopped by Traffic and Highway Patrol officers and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspectors on the Pacific Hwy at Chinderah on Sunday just before 6.30pm.
According to police, the truck was unregistered and suffered major oil and air leaks, and its tyres badly worn.
Both trailers were checked over and found to have faulty brakes and a total of 12 bald tyres.
The driver, a 41-year-old man from Young, will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday June 4 on two charges.
Police and RMS are continuing Operation Dusty 3 2012 to clamp down on speeding, fatigue and mechanical defects involving heavy vehicles in the Ballina and Tweed Heads areas.
"By demonstrating this sort of lack of personal responsibility, truck drivers are not only place themselves in grave danger but pose a very real threat to other road users," Superintendent Stuart Smith from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said.
"Traffic and Highway Patrol officers, with the assistance of RMS inspectors, will continue to target such offences to bolster road safety," he said.