VicRoads grounds Cootes vehicles

Tanker firm's heavy vehicle accreditation in firing line as attention shifts to the Victorian safety audit

October 7, 2013

The future of Cootes Transport’s heavy vehicle accreditation has been brought into question as attention shifts to the VicRoads safety audit of the company’s trucks.

About 110 Cootes Transport vehicles were inspected in Victoria over the weekend with 94 faults discovered leading to 36 groundings.

Faults found included oil and air leaks, brake and suspension defects and structural integrity issues such as chassis problems.

VicRoads spokesman has been quoted in media reports as saying there were serious consequences for companies that failed to meet requirements.

"Penalties can be substantial, their accreditation can be suspended, there can be prosecutions, so there can be significant penalties if companies don’t do what they’re required to do," he says.

"We will be making sure that all of these vehicles are repaired before they’re back on the road."

The Victorian authority will review the trucking company's heavy vehicle accreditation as part of its audit process, which is expected to continue today.

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