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Up to 650 truck drivers will have their driving history checked by VicRoads and are required to re-sit their licence tests after alleged fraudulent certificates saying drivers have completed proper testing and training were issued by a corrupt truckie tester. These certificates were taken to VicRoads, which issued a truck licence.
The truckie tester has been sacked.
The Herald Sun reported that VicRoads will examine if any truck drivers whose licences are under review have been involved in serious road accidents.
Roads Minister Terry Mulder said this move is done in the best interest of road safety.
“We will leave no stone uncovered in terms of what we have to do as an organisation, what VicRoads has to do to get on top of the matter,” said Mr Mulder.
“We understand it’s going to result in some inconvenience (to) people who are not involved in any way… with what’s been alleged, but nevertheless the overall decision is we made the decision in the best interest of the community and the best interest of road safety.”
In an ABC News report, VicRoads chief executive officer Gary Liddle revealed this irregularity has been happening for up to seven years.
“We’re very disappointed that it’s happened,” said Mr Liddle.
“We also apologise to the 650 drivers, some of them quite legitimately licensed, that we’re going to have to retest.
“But road safety is absolutely paramount and we believe the retesting is very important.”
Mr Liddle said it will take time to retest the drivers but they will start sending letters out this week to those involved.
“The aim is to get most of those retests done in the next three or four months.
“We will be giving them time to make an appointment and then a little bit more time to get the tests done.”