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Industry safety prompts mass cancellation of licences

The Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland has revoked more than 250 multi combination licences from truck drivers after it was discovered that they were not assessed according to industry standards.

During a routine audit, TMR claims to have found the training and assessment of drivers delivered by a Brisbane training organisation registered as Aegis Training Services “failed to meet the required standards and the SoAs were not properly issued,” according to an issued notice.

A MC licence brings with it great responsibility as it permits truck drivers to operate the biggest and most powerful heavy vehicles in Australia.

The drivers, many of them of Indian-origin as reported by SBS online, have had their licence downgraded to a class HR (heavy rigid).

“The issue of MC training provided by Aegis Training Services Pty. Ltd. is a serious matter under investigation by TMR and Queensland Police which is why we have removed their approval to deliver Statements of Attainment for licence class MC,” said the Department in response to SBS.

The drivers have been given a minimum of 28 days by TMR to appeal the decision before action is taking against their licences.

Aegis Director John Bougoure has refuted the allegations.

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