WA truck driver licensing concern
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.”