Push for heavy vehicle inspection scheme

QUESTION: Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock asked a question in State Parliament that was directed to Transport Minister Stephan Knoll.

QUESTION: Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock asked a question in State Parliament that was directed to Transport Minister Stephan Knoll.

Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock will continue to press for a heavy vehicle inspection scheme.

He took this stance after talking to people in his electorate who are worried about road safety.

Mr Brock raised a Question Without Notice in State Parliament on May 31 with Transport Minister Stephan Knoll asking about the progress of stage two of the scheme.

He wanted to know when tenders would close for the hiring of a system manager for the scheme.

Mr Knoll told parliament that the tender had closed on March 1 and hiring was underway.

“Once the tender is awarded, the government will be in a position to release details,” Mr Knoll said.

These details will include the start date of the scheme, locations where inspections are undertaken and what vehicles will be required by what date.

Mr Brock said stage two had been due to start on July 1,

He asked Mr Knoll that the starting date be postponed until the beginning of 2019 to allow more time for the community to be informed.

“I have spoken to one regional purchaser of a second-hand heavy vehicle who has discovered, subsequent to purchase, that the truck had been in a serious accident and was refurbished,” Mr Brock said.

“Under the existing legislation, the seller was not required to have the vehicle inspected and as a result the purchaser has been left with a vehicle which may not be roadworthy.”

As well as raising the issue in parliament, Mr Brock has written to invite representatives of the Minister’s department to visit the electorate to outline the scheme, costs and how and when it will be introduced.

“Mr Knoll responded by saying he will eventually be able to send staff to the region to explain the scheme, but it was far too early for them to answer any questions right now,” he said.

Mr Brock said he would work with Mr Knoll on these critical matters and keep the electorate informed.

Stage one of the scheme was introduced in January last year, requiring heavy vehicles, three years and older, with a gross vehicle mass and trailers with an aggregated trailer mass of greater than 4.5 tonnes, to be inspected before change of ownership.

Stage two involves training of inspectors, accreditation and fit-out of inspection stations.

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