It is embarrassing that I am able to even find content for this article but the truth is that there is a minority of the training industry who think that it is acceptable to not follow the rules or outright engage in corrupt behaviours.
We link to the following recent cases of alleged damaging misconduct without prejudice:
250 heavy vehicle licences were cancelled in Queensland in 2018 due to not meeting the assessment standards.
678 heavy vehicle licences suspended in Western Australia in 2017 due to an allegedly corrupt assessor.
95 heavy vehicle licence holders were deem as falsely certified as competent in New South Wales, as identified in a 2013 ICAC inquiry.
650 heavy vehicle licence holders had to resit their licence test in Victoria in 2012, due to an assessor signing dodgy certificates required by drivers to get a licence.
Heavy vehicle licensing is a serious business, and when not done right the risks are that public safety is put at risk. Second to that are the negative affects that come when the authorities eventually catchup with the dodgy operators, and cancelling the licences.
“People involved in the practice of improper heavy vehicle licensing bring the training industry into disrepute and compromise the quality and reputation of the transport industry”
Dodgy truck licence assessors compete on an un-leveled playing field with honest and proper truck licence assessors for work. Sadly, a path to least resistance is desirable for many licence candidates, and the results for these cheap and low-quality assessors is that business is a boomin’.
The facts are though that quality will always beat supply and whilst it often takes the authorities sometime to catch up with them, these dangerous low quality providers often come unstuck.
We urge heavy vehicle licence candidates to consider the negitive consequences of dealing with a low-quality heavy vehicle licence assessor.
There are a few things that a heavy vehicle licence candidate can consider when shopping around for a provider:
- The training provider should be listed on the RMS website.
- The training provider should be a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
- The vehicles used in assessment should be late models.
- The trainers and assessors must speak English fluently.
- The training provider should not be offering deals for cash.
- The training provider should be providing full details about the service they offer, and ideally, something similar to a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).
Do it right the first time and only deal with a quality and honest provider. We guarantee that’s exactly what we are here at ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING. Call us if we can help 1300521289