Channel 7 went big on the raid by the Roads and Maritime Services on the Coles Smeaton Grange DC. There’s lots of talk of targeting specific company with the RMS’s, normally very diplomatic, Peter Wells specifically naming M and R Transport, Coles and Linfox.
From the point of view of the companies in the firing line, and the transport industry generally, it is not clear quite what the campaign is trying to achieve. The accident at Mona Vale last October set off a major campaign by the RMS against Cootes which was well publicised to ensure the NSW public knew the government were doing something about the deaths in a fireball on the roads of Sydney.
It would appear the events of late 2013 gave an opportunity for the RMS to reassert its reputation for going in hard on trucking companies who misbehave, as well as tie up loose ends on ongoing investigations. This is also happening at a point when the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is supposed to be taking over, nationally, the supervision of chain of responsibility and NHVAS investigations. Does this flexing of muscles have anything to do with sending a message to Brisbane, home of NHVR HQ?