PLEASE EXPLAIN: Graham Garner is calling for an investigation into RMS sites.
PLEASE EXPLAIN: Graham Garner is calling for an investigation into RMS sites. Carly Morrissey

Dodgy internet gives B-double set of wings

VICTORIAN truck driver and National Road Freighter delegate Graham Garner has asked the Roads and Maritime Service for a please explain.

He found out by accident that a travel alert had been placed on the RMS system in relation to a two-minute trip he made from Kunderbung to Jones Island.

It would be funny if it wasn't so serious. The trip from Kunderbung to Jones Island takes one-hour-and-fifteen minutes to travel.

Mr Garner was directed into the Kunderbung RMS site on May 2. The officers completed compliance checks and directed him into the office there.

That's when things got weird. Mr Garner says he was told by the RMS that there was only "intermittent" internet reception at the site.

He was told he could go but would be given a phone call if anything was wrong. He left Kunderbung about 11.55am.

The next day on the return trip at about 8am Mr Garner was directed into the Pine Creek checking station where he was again checked for compliance.

But something was wrong and the officers told him he had a travel alert and the system had recorded him driving from Kunderbung to Jones Island in only two minutes.

Mr Garner asked the officers if his B-double had wings. He soon realised that due to the poor internet service at Kunderbung the officers there recorded the time he left the checking station as more than an hour after he left.

The problem is if Mr Garner wasn't directed into the Pine Creek checking station the travel alert would not have been identified straight away and he would have most likely ended up with a letter being sent to his home. It would then likely be followed by a fine and the only way to fight that fine would have been to go to court.

Instead of waiting for the inevitable to happen, Mr Garner emailed the RMS. On May 17 he was told that the RMS had no offence pending.

Great news, but now Garner wants the RMS to complete a full investigation into all RMS sites that have intermittent internet reception and shut down the Kunderbung site until a review can be completed.

He is worried more truck drivers have fallen victim to the system.

And response from RMS? "Roads and Maritime Services has apologised to Mr Garner for the inconvenience and has worked with him to resolve the issue," a representative said.

There was no indication Mr Garner's request to have the site reviewed would be followed up.

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