Cootes tankers called in for full compliance

Cootes tankers called in for full compliance inspections in NSW

10 February 2014

Roads Minister Duncan Gay has ordered all Cootes petrol and gas tankers that operate in NSW to return to the State for a full compliance inspection, after a number of recent incidents involving the company’s tankers.

Minister Gay said the action follows spot checks of Cootes vehicles last week including 35 inspections at Wetherill Park and Port Botany which resulted in 17 vehicles with major defects immediately ordered off the road for repairs.

"These random inspections uncovered significant failures. This was in addition to two incidents involving Cootes vehicles late last week which presented major defects,” Minister Gay.

"While we acknowledge there have been some improvements in the fleet, it is simply not good enough that in some cases we have seen repairs that don’t meet our standards during a second or third check.

“Despite four months of ongoing work with Cootes and the parent company McAleese, I have ordered all their NSW tankers be subject to Roads and Maritime compliance checks yet again – just as we did immediately after the Mona Vale tragedy.

“This applies to all tankers that need to operate in NSW, not just the ones registered in NSW.

“I want to assure motorists we have been carrying out extensive inspections and random checks of this fleet since the tragic double fatality on Mona Vale road last October.

“RMS inspectors have carried out more than 450 checks of the Cootes fleet at inspection stations and on roadsides across the state to ensure compliance with roadworthiness standards.

“As the toughest inspection and enforcement regime in the country, we have taken every possible action including putting the head of the company and the Board of Directors on notice that they are responsible for the safety and roadworthiness of this fleet. “NSW will exercise its powers within the full extent of the law to make our roads safe,” Minister Gay said.

Media: Marie Scoutas or Lance Northey

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