Anderson to contest Scott's allegations


Scott’s Transport CEO Peter Anderson has pledged to face down many of the defects NSW authorities say they have identified in the company's trucks during Operation Overland. <br /><br /> The NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Service initiative allegedly found 71 breaches after the targeting of Scott’s trucks in NSW and South Australia.

By Rob McKay | March 19, 2012

Scott’s Transport CEO Peter Anderson has pledged to face down many of the defects NSW authorities say they have identified in the company's trucks during Operation Overland.

The NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Service allegedly found 71 breaches after the targeting of Scott’s trucks
in NSW and South Australia.

Anderson has steadfastly rejected the substance and the tenor of the accusations and emphasised the company’s adherence to safe operations.

He maintains that there is only one truck with suspected speed-limiter tampering.

"A large number of these notices will be contested," he says.

"Scott's Transport complies to all standards under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) for fatigue, mass and maintenance," he adds.

"We are audited annually by an independent registered auditor and we have our own in-house teams who continually audit and maintain our fleet.

"We have been able to produce all appropriate records to the authorities and have not had any breaches recorded against us."

Last week, Anderson insisted the accusations against his company were inaccurate, a position he has reiterated.

"Scott's Transport will conduct an audit of its own safety and compliance standards, but I repeat what I said earlier in the week that the vast majority of the claims and allegations made against us are either inaccurate or highly confusing," he says.

"Safety is - and always has been - the highest priority for the company.

"There are active processes and systems in place so that we meet our legislative compliance requirements; and we refute the perspective, number and depth of allegations that have been reported in the media.

"While we are cooperating openly with the various agencies interested in compliance issues, we have been frustrated by the lack of clarification regarding certain claims that have been made as we want to urgently confirm the company's good name.

"I must also add that we categorically denied claims by a union official that big retailers put truck operators, such as ours, under intense pressure.

"We are not put under pressure by retailers and our customers have an extremely responsible attitude towards road safety which is - at all times - shared by us."

Speaking at the weekend with The Advertiser newspaper, Anderson acknowledged that the the Scott’s brand had taken a buffeting.

"Yes, it has unfairly - and I must stress unfairly - harmed the Scott's brand, but we are encouraged by the very strong and supportive response we have received from our customers, big and small," he says.

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