Date PostedMarch 9, 2018

TWU Wants Regulator for Truck Maintenance

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The Transport Workers Union has called for the road safety tribunal to be reinstated, following the spate of fatal truck crashes on NSW roads.

The 48 hour period in mid-January which saw 5 people killed in truck crashes prompted the biggest heavy vehicle compliance operation in Australia’s history which saw 5000 trucks stopped and 2000 defect notices issued.

But the TWU is blaming Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash for doing away with road safety tribunal introduced under the Gillard government in 2012.

In 2017 alone we experienced a 9.4 per cent rise in deaths from truck crashes around Australia and an 86 per cent rise in NSW, the union cited.

The union highlights the massive economic pressure on truck drivers and companies by clients and major retailers as the “heart of the problem”. Read more http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/defect-notices-in-nsw-cowboy-truck-blitz/news-story/7633e96357eb45ef266197e05237816f

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