The Commission’s Report on the Activities of Certain Vehicle Examiners Contracted by the Department of Transport, tabled today in Parliament, details the behaviour of three private sector vehicle examiners and how they were corruptly involved in passing hundreds of different vehicles without an examiner having inspected them, falsifying records as part of the process.
This serious misconduct compromised the state-wide regulatory system that links to the National Vehicle Examination and Licencing Database, and which then opened the potential risk to road safety and consumers who purchased vehicles without examination.
The report details an example where a consumer who bought a vehicle was forced to undertake major repairs to fix 27 defects. Following a cooperative investigation with the Department of Transport and Department of Commerce, the Commission formed an opinion that all three engaged in serious misconduct.
In particular, it forms the view that:
• Mr Troy Pintabona engaged in serious misconduct corruptly using his position to benefit himself by taking bribes and by passing vehicles that should not have been assessed as roadworthy;
• Mr Alfonso Berardis engaged in corruption by receiving bribes; and
• Mr Tiziano Dionisio engaged in corrupt activities by purporting to inspect vehicles and enter details into the system without having seen them, and passing vehicles for a fee, or bribe.
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