The Corruption and Crime Commission’s (CCC) latest report, Report on Corruption in Respect of Truck Driving Licence Applications, has uncovered corrupt behaviour at a former Neerabup truck driving school which resulted in hundreds of drivers being licensed without having their competence adequately assessed.
The report details corrupt behaviour by Mines West Driving School business owner Mr Previn Narayanan, including:
• not conducting assessments;
• making false entries into the DoT Licence Assessment Provider System (LAPS);
• not carrying out assessments on designated routes;
• training and assessing two students, in one truck at the same time;
• not having students complete a required theory test prior to conducting the PDA; and
• counselling interstate applicants on how to appear to be a WA resident to obtain a WA learner’s permit and heavy vehicle licence from DoT, and converting it to an interstate licence.
Corruption and Crime Commissioner John McKechnie QC said, "Driving a vehicle of any sort on a public road is a serious responsibility. A licence is an assessment of competence. When students are not properly assessed, there is an obvious danger that incompetent drivers are on the road. When such a driver is in charge of a heavy rigid or multiple combination vehicle, the danger is magnified."
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