Wait for legal advice holds up scheme to keep trucking operators informed

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi


Proposed scheme to inform operators about driver traffic history has been delayed

Wait for legal advice holds up scheme to keep trucking operators informed
SARTA president Sharon Middleton says there is government intent to introduce a scheme to keep trucking operators informed about driver offences.

 

South Australian trucking operators may be in for a long wait for the introduction of scheme giving them access to information about a driver’s traffic history.

In a recent meeting with SA police minister Tony Piccolo, the South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) was told the department was far from finalising the procedures and processes needed to implement the proposal as promised in February.

Former police minister John Rau in February stated his department supported disclosing information and was in the process of finalising procedures.

However, Piccolo told SARTA president Sharon Middleton the department was still awaiting formal legal advice.

"We pressed this point with minister Piccolo and after rehearsing some of the points that we have had to slog through over the past three years on this, the minister is seeking advice as to exactly what the delay is and when it will be fixed," Middleton says.

"We are satisfied, despite our frustration, that the intent is there."

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