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Trucks under more scrutiny

Cootes Transport has until 20 March to improve the safety of its trucks or its licence to operate in New South Wales will be suspended or cancelled.

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Ports has ordered the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to direct Cootes Transport to show cause why its dangerous goods fleet should remain on NSW roads.

“I have lost confidence in this company as an operator of dangerous goods movements on NSW roads,” New South Wales Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay says.

Since last month Cootes Transport fleet of 400 trucks has been undergoing a re-inspection after more problems were detected with brakes, steering, suspension and leaks in routine checks, Gay says.

Of the 320 trucks checked so far only 179 have passed without a formal warning or a defect notice.

RMS inspectors are deregistering unroadworthy trucks, Gay adds.

RMS has laid more than 300 charges against Cootes Transport since the crash on Mona Vale Road in the Northern Beaches of Sydney last October.

This week police charged the driver of the truck involved in the Mona Vale Road incident.

For more details, visit the minister.

Published on 13 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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