TWU Outraged At 50% Defect Truck Rate; Applauds SAPOL Work

Release date: 28/04/2015

The Transport Workers’ Union is outraged that almost half of all trucks stopped by SAPOL during yesterday’s Operation Shake-Up were defected for brakes and steering issues.
TWU SA/NT Branch Media Release, 28 April 2015

TWU SA/NT Branch Secretary Ray Wyatt said it was unacceptable that 31 of 63 heavy vehicles checked by police along Churchill Road North were defected – some so badly that they had to be towed away.
“After the tragic accident on the South Eastern Freeway last year, we had high hopes that trucking bosses would sit up and pay attention to their fleets,” Mr Wyatt said.
“They clearly haven’t learned the lesson, and they’re putting the lives of our members – and every road user – at risk every single day.
“330 truckies die on our roads every year – and even one death is one too many.”
“The blame for this goes right up the supply chain – particularly the big retailers, who have a policy of reducing transport overheads every year. They’re squeezing the supply chain – and cuts have to be made somewhere.
“Drivers aren’t to blame for this. Drivers shouldn’t be forced to drive trucks they know are unsafe – if any drivers are fearful for their job security and are being forced to drive unsafe trucks, get in touch with us.”
Mr Wyatt applauded the work of police from Holden Hill, the Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Section and the Road Transport Safety Section – and said the State Government needed to do more.
“This is a fantastic example of SAPOL out there keeping the community safe on a daily basis, despite being under-resourced.
“We’ll be seeking an urgent meeting with Road Safety and Police Minister Tony Piccolo to demand more action on the trucking industry and more resources for SAPOL – so they can do their jobs, and keep our communities safe.”

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