THE Transport Workers' Union is calling for more accountability of transport operators and companies which hire them, as the trial for a truck driver facing charges relating to the deaths of two people in Mona Vale in 2013 opens.
Truck driver Shane Day faces serious charges in a Sydney court after his oil tanker turned over and caught fire in the horrific incident.
A nationwide audit of his employer Cootes, found hundreds of defects in the trucking fleet. The fleet was grounded and the company was fined $500,000.
"What we are seeing in today's case, as has occurred in many cases before, is that the driver is carrying the entire burden for an industry in crisis," TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon said.
"Neither the transport company nor the client whose fuel he was carrying are in the dock over corners they cut which led to safety risks.
"If someone is killed because a vehicle is not maintained properly or because the driver is pushed to work long hours then justice can only be served when those responsible are held to account," Sheldon added.
"Responsibility for carnage on our roads needs to go all the way up the supply chain. Prosecutors, governments and regulators must look at the chain of responsibility laws and ensure they are capable of holding those ultimately to blame for the daily tragedies to account."
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