TWU calls for inquest into heavy vehicle fatalities in QLD

By: Jason Whittaker


The Queensland Transport Workers Union (TWU) will meet this morning with Attorney General Kerry Shine to seek an urgent inquest

The Queensland Transport Workers Union (TWU) will meet this morning with Attorney General Kerry Shine to seek an urgent inquest into heavy vehicle fatalities.

The TWU’s call for an inquest comes in the wake of a semi-trailer fatality in Queensland today, which brought the heavy vehicle road toll to 20 this year, 15 more than this time last year.

"Too many people are dying from truck related crashes on our roads," TWU Branch Secretary Hughie Williams says.

"We need to know why this is happening and put legislation and safety measures in place to help reduce the loss of life."

While supportive of State Coroner Michael Barnes’ plan to review heavy vehicle fatal crashes, Williams says "an inquest is the only way to get to the bottom of this horrific problem".

The TWU will meet with Shine at the Brisbane State Law Building at 11am.

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