The municipality that provides roads to Melbourne's largest fuel storage terminal is expected to call for a ban on trucks in its streets after safety inspections found dozens of heavy trucks were too unsafe for the road.
Maribyrnong council has estimated that 500 unsafe truck trips a day are made in its streets. The estimate is based on VicRoads safety inspections that grounded 79 Cootes Transport prime movers and trailers for major safety faults.
The inspections followed the death of two people last month when a Cootes Transport petrol tanker careered out of control and crashed into another car in Mona Vale, NSW.
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The Victorian Governments plan to address safety rules around unsafe trucks and a slack approach by Vicroads to Governance is to ensure fuel trucks use the planned East West Road Tunnel. Sounds wonderful doesn't it.
And this admission by the transport minister:
A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Terry Mulder said vehicle safety was the responsibility of owners and operators.
In other words, not my problem!
Seriously this stuff needs to go on rail to be completely safe!