SARTA boss slams SAPol heavy vehicle operation
A FURIOUS South Australian Road Transport Association boss Steve Shearer declared that SAPol has further damaged its "rapidly deteriorating reputation and destroying any semblance of confidence in SAPol and their co-operation and joint commitment to safety and compliance" after this afternoon's SAPol heavy vehicle operation.
Mr Shearer took to to the SARTA Facebook to express his anger at the authorities, describing the operation on the Churchill Road extension as "sanctioned road rage" and absurd over-the-top roadside action".
"At the outset we say, yet again, that we understand that SAPol (and the NHVR) has a job to do and we support that. What we don't support is ineptitude and blatantly ridiculous and unfair enforcement by officers who do not know what they are doing and that just racks up stats and achieves zero safety outcomes," he wrote.
The post said that Mr Shearer understood that the operation was not targeted, and every rig was pulled in and "every rig was issued with an air-leak major defect by young junior rank officers reading instructions from a page in their hand, who clearly had no idea what they were doing and no idea about the operational realities of air lines".
Mr Shearer said all rigs were sent for a full inspection at the Regency Park Shed, some towed "utterly unnecessarily" and police reportedly refused to accept a driver's lawful digital licence.
He said all the authorities managed to do was "piss off every driver involved and their employers, achieve no genuine safety outcomes and added significant cost to operators".
NHVR told us they were not involved in this operation and we are still waiting for comment form SAPol.
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