Cootes backs out of NHVAS maintenance scheme


The pain for tanker firm continues with more trucks grounded and VicRoads turning its attention to the gas fleet

October 8, 2013

The pain for tanker firm Cootes Transport continues with more trucks grounded and VicRoads turning its attention to the gas fleet.

And the company has revealed that it has withdrawn from part of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS).

"We continue to work closely with NSW Roads and Maritime Services and Vic Roads as part of a fleet inspection program being undertaken in their respective states," a spokeswoman states.

"We are also subjecting our fleet operating in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland to rigorous independent inspection programs to ensure the safety of our fleet.

"Once any issues identified have been addressed, the vehicles are being returned to service.

"The company has also taken a decision to submit its fleet to ongoing independent vehicle inspections in all jurisdictions until such time it is satisfied with its maintenance regime.

"This includes a decision by Cootes Management to withdraw from the Maintenance Management Scheme under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS)."

It is understood that the company’s reasoning is that this will ensure that inspections and maintenance of vehicles are carried out to the required standards and that the achievement of the required standards are independently verified.

By close of business yesterday, VicRoads had inspected 170 Cootes vehicles, with 148 defect notices issued and 62 vehicles grounded.

"Yesterday’s inspections involved intensive mechanical inspections of vehicles and trailers in the Cootes Transport LPG fleet, with further testing to continue today," a VicRoads spokeswoman says.

"Faults detected include oil/air leaks, brake and suspension defects and structural integrity issues such as problems with the chassis.

"Depending on the severity of the defect, the vehicles are either being grounded or ordered to undergo repairs within a certain period of time.

"All vehicles will be checked before they are allowed to return to the road."

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