Transpacific board backed fleet grounding: chairman

Fleet policy and procedures reviewed and major inspections undertaken after fatal incident

Transpacific board backed fleet grounding: chairman
Transpacific has initiated fleet management reform


Waste management firm Transpacific has made public some details of its fleet grounding following the Adelaide tragedy in August but the cost is yet to surface.

Transpacific took its whole fleet off the roads for inspections after two people died and four were injured when a truck lost control on Adelaide’s South Eastern Freeway.

"During this period, over 2,000 heavy duty vehicles underwent safety inspections by qualified personnel and independent consultants," CEO Bob Boucher told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting.

"Only when the vehicles were deemed to be roadworthy in accordance with relevant regulations were they allowed to recommence operation.

"We have reviewed our policies and procedures in relation to the maintenance and read safety and are implementing improvements in the key areas of asset management, fleet maintenance and driver safety."

Chairman Martin Hudson says the board endorsed the fleet grounding fully and the company was still in the process of evaluating the financial impacts.

He notes that it firm’s Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate, a safety measure companies quote frequently, was down 33 per cent following last year’s reduction of 47 per cent.

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