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State Government Must Review Tip Truck Industry After Third Fatal Crash On NSW Roads In June

Release date: 26/06/2015

TWU NSW MEDIA RELEASE, 26 June 2015

Transport Workers Union NSW Secretary Michael Aird has called for an urgent review of tip truck industry safety and regulation after the third fatal crash involving a tip truck on NSW roads this month.

Mr Aird was speaking after a fatal crash involving a tip truck on the Princes Highway on Thursday.
 
“In the past month alone, three people have tragically lost their lives in crashes involving tip trucks,” Mr Aird said.
 
“These fatalities are absolutely devastating and our thoughts are first and foremost with the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.”
 
“We are calling on the authorities to ensure full and thorough investigations of each incident are conducted to find out exactly what happened,” Mr Aird said.
 
Mr Aird said that in tandem with these investigations there must also be an urgent review of safety and regulation of the industry by the State Government, which is investing tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure projects that will see more than one million of tip truck movements on NSW roads in the next six years.
 
“Small business owner drivers are telling me that right now the industry resembles the Wild West, with no effective scrutiny from the authorities and the rules that exist being ignored on many State Government contracts.
 
“The last time the State Government investigated the tip truck sector in July 2014, 45 per cent of trucks pulled over were issued with defect notices. They know there is a problem but they’ve not done anything about it,” Mr Aird said.
 
Mr Aird said that a major issue was the fact that the minimum rate agreed by consent between the industry and drivers was being totally ignored on many sites.
 
“On major construction projects, the NSW Government and multi-billion dollar building companies seem to have launched a war on mum and dad small transport businesses.
 
“Fleet owner and families with big mortgages on their trucks are often left with little choice but to accept the cut rate and keep their heads above water by skimping on maintenance or overloading their trucks.
 
“It’s these sort of practices that lead to tragedies on our roads and it’s time the State Government acted,” Mr Aird said.
 
Recent fatal crashes involving Tip Trucks in NSW:
 
· 25 June, Princes Hwy, Blakehurst. One man killed after his car collided with a tip truck.
 
· 6 June, Pittwater Rd, North Ryde. An 89 year old man killed after his car and tipper truck collided.
 
· 3 June, Bolong Rd, Bomaderry. A 60 year old woman was killed after a collision between her car and a tip truck.

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