SA moves against driver offences disclosure ban


New draft regulations mean SA Police will be able to inform transport operators of dangerous driver behaviour on the road

SA moves against driver offences disclosure ban
Stephen Mullighan says he is closing a loophole.

 

Truck drivers who commit offences on South Australian roads will no longer be able to keep them a secret from their employers, state transport minister Stephen Mullighan has advised.

Mullighan says new regulations will close the privacy "loophole" that keeps SA Police from advising transport companies when their staff are caught speeding, driving while affected by drugs or alcohol, or driving while disqualified or unlicensed.

"At the moment, the regulations under the Motor Vehicles Act preclude South Australian police from disclosing information to heavy vehicle operators and owners for privacy reasons," he says.

"These draft regulations to the Act will remove that impediment allowing police to notify of serious offences."

The disclosure of offences will be at the discretion of South Australia Police.

Mullighan notes the South Australia Road Transport Association (SARTA) has specifically called for the change.

"This measure will give the owners and operators of heavy vehicles greater control and certainty over their businesses, as well as making our roads safer for all South Australians," he says.

SARTA executive director Steve Shearer says the change is a sensible and progressive one.

"The government has accepted that enabling police to tell the owner of a truck about serious on-road behaviour, including drug use for example, is important for the overall road safety benefit of all road users," he tells the media.

 

 

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