WA truck driver li­cens­ing con­cern

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West­ern Aus­tralia suc­cumbs to the east­ern state truck driver li­cens­ing malaise

WEST­ERN AUS­TRALIA has suc­cumbed to the east­ern state truck driver li­cens­ing malaise, with the state’s De­part­ment of Trans­port ( DOT) in the process of can­celling 326 li­censes.

Re­ports point to a north­ern Perth reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mines West Truck Driv­ing School, which ap­pears now to be closed, as be­ing in­volved in sup­ply­ing heavy ve­hi­cle li­cences with­out proper as­sess­ment, in­clud­ing for road trains.

A de­part­men­tal spokesper­son would not be drawn when ATN asked, cit­ing the CCC probe, and at­tempts to phone Mines West, the web­site of which does not work, failed.

A spokesper­son for WA se­na­tor Glenn Sterle, whose Se­nate com­mit­tee has spent the last two years in­ves­ti­gat­ing li­cens­ing scan­dals in the coun­try’s east, says the rev­e­la­tion came as a dis­ap­point­ment but not a sur­prise, telling ATN: “We’ve been won­der­ing when some­thing would sur­face here.”

For its part, the DOT confi rms that a co­op­er­a­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by the CCC and DOT un­cov­ered ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the con­duct of a driver as­sess­ment provider.

“Us­ing in­for­ma­tion aris­ing out of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sub­se­quent au­dit­ing prac­tice, DOT al­leges that 326 per­sons are un­likely to have passed a PDA to the stan­dard re­quired. These 326 in­di­vid­u­als have had, or are in the process of, hav­ing their li­cence sus­pended,” a DOT spokesper­son says.

“These driv­ers’ li­cences have been sus­pended in the in­ter­ests of public safety, and those who wish to re­gain their li­cence have been of­fered a free Prac­ti­cal Driv­ing As­sess­ment with DOT to demon­strate their knowl­edge of road traf­fic laws and safe driv­ing tech­niques. While the de­part­ment can’t pre­vent ev­ery­one from com­mit­ting these types of of­fences, this iden­ti­fi­ca­tion high­lights the ro­bust pro­cesses DOT has in place to as­sist in de­tec­tion are ef­fec­tive.

“The pro­cesses iden­ti­fied in­clude: • A so­phis­ti­cated risk and an­a­lyt­ics ap­proach sup­ported by a fi eld gov­er­nance and com­pli­ance team which en­abled us to de­tect this ac­tiv­ity, how­ever for ob­vi­ous rea­sons we can­not make public the specifics as of this proven ap­proach • An Alert Us line to pro­vide an av­enue for DVS cus­tomers who wish to re­port sus­pi­cious, un­eth­i­cal or cor­rupt be­hav­iour re­lat­ing to a driver, a ve­hi­cle or a per­son’s iden­tity; and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween var­i­ous agen­cies that re­in­forces these strong con­trols.”

Glenn Sterle

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