‘Threats’ spark U-turn
Cootes Transport has responded to a ‘show cause’ notice and submitted a plan to the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services to fix safety and compliance faults in its dangerous goods fleet.
As reported in an earlier e-bulletin, Cootes had been given 14 days to rectify the faults or have its licence to travel on NSW roads cancelled or suspended.
Last week, the NSW Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay said Cootes had submitted the plan, which includes decommissioning 50 older trucks and removing them from its Transport of Dangerous Goods licence; purchasing or bringing in new prime movers and tankers for its NSW Fleet; and implementing improved maintenance, with and increased focus on brake, steering and suspension.
A number of other changes are also included in the plan.
As a result, Cootes is allowed to continue operating on NSW roads for the time being, Gay says.
“I am particularly encouraged by the Board’s commitment to ensuring the company carries out the agreed program of corrective works,” he says.
“But it is not a time to be complacent…the company is aware that should compliance issues continue to be detected, action will be reinstated to ensure the safety of all road users.”
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Published on 27 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.