Corruption probe into RMS assessor

Allegations include seeking benefits for heavy vehicle licences and conducting inappropriate or fraudulent assessments

October 3, 2013

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has welcomed a corruption probe into the dealings of a former assessor.

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a week-long public inquiry from October 16 as part of its investigation into allegations concerning former heavy vehicle competency-based assessor Christopher Binos.

"Roads and Maritime referred the issue to ICAC and NSW Police after a complaint was made against the assessor," RMS states.

"The assessor, who was not an employee of Roads and Maritime, had his assessor's accreditation revoked and his driving instructor licence cancelled as a result of the investigation.

"Roads and Maritime will continue to work with ICAC in its investigation."

ICAC says it is alleged that this year and last year, Binos "solicited benefits from applicants for heavy vehicle licences, and conducted inappropriate or fraudulent heavy vehicle assessments".

It is also alleged that, since at least 2012, Binos "has been signing log books certifying applicants as competent to drive a heavy vehicle without the applicants completing the necessary assessments, in exchange for cash payments".

The public inquiry will be held in the commission's hearing room on level 7, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, starting at 10am.

ICAC Commissioner the David Ipp QC will preside at the public inquiry, and Counsel Assisting the Commission will be David McLure.

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