Lives at risk by Licence Fraud
A New South Wales corruption inquiry has heard an assessor took cash bribes from 91 people sitting for their truck driving licence.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has heard Christopher Binos endangered the lives of those who share the road with truck drivers.
He admitted accepting bribes to falsely certify log books when he worked for Roads and Maritime Services.
The inquiry heard he issued licences to 91 truck drivers without assessing them.
One witness, Jacqueline Riley, told the inquiry she gave him $1,500 to make entries in her log book but had no driving sessions with him.
It heard another witness gave him $1,700.
Mr Binos was reported by a whistleblower, licence applicant Simon Hay, who contacted Mr Binos about a heavy vehicle competency based assessment in August 2012.
Mr Hay told the ICAC Mr Binos offered to certify him as competent in his log book without having to do any any driving or assessment, for $2,000.
Outside the hearing, Mr Hay said he knew he had to do the right thing.
“I thought if someone dies and I don’t say anything then I’m responsible,” he said.
“Ensuring that drivers are taught properly for their Truck Licence is paramount” said Ben Atkinson, from Burleigh Driver Training. “We teach drivers the correct driving techniques to maximise safety”,he said.
Source information: ABC News