Wheels turn slowly


NA­TIONAL Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor of­fi­cers are as­sess­ing in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Blen­ners Trans­port in re­la­tion to the tragedy near Ma­reeba.

The in­for­ma­tion was re­quested in the days after the crash and the com­pany had been co­op­er­a­tive in re­spond­ing to those re­quests, the NHVR said.

The NHVR’s in­quiries re­late to chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity re­quire­ments un­der the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law and are in ad­di­tion to Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice Foren­sic Crash Unit in­ves­ti­ga­tions, which are con­tin­u­ing.

How­ever, the TWU, which after the in­ci­dent called for a raft of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, wasn’t happy with the rate of progress on in­quiries.

“This is­sue shows an ab­so­lute fail­ing when it comes to in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­ci­dents such as this and the ex­tent to which there is dis­ar­ray when it comes to tack­ling safety in trans­port,” na­tional sec­re­tary Michael Kaine said.

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