UP TO to 650 truck drivers will have to re-sit their licence tests after an allegedly corrupt official issued fraudulent heavy vehicle certificates to hundreds of drivers across Victoria for kickbacks.
Victoria Police has launched an investigation into the alleged rort after trucking company Linfox alerted VicRoads about concerns one of its employees had signed dodgy certificates required by drivers to get a licence.
The man was working as an accredited tester at Linfox's truck testing facility, The Anglesea Complex, in Laverton and allegedly signed false paperwork saying drivers had completed testing and training in return for cash.
The paperwork was then taken to VicRoads, which issued a heavy vehicle licence to drivers.Minister for Roads Terry Mulder today described the situation as an "utter disgrace".
"We spend millions of dollars of taxpayers money every year on road safety, have bipartisan support across parliament and this has all been undermined by this situation," he said.
Read more at The Age.