Twu Renews Calls Tow Truck Industry Inquiry

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TRANSPORT WORKERS' UNION OF AUSTRALIA

QUEENSLAND BRANCH

ABN: 80 519 643 130

11 Alexandra Place

MURARRIE QLD 4172

Telephone: (07) 3890 3066

Toll Free:   1800 804 533

Fax:

(07) 3890 1105

Email:         info@twuqld.asn.au


All correspondence to:-

HUGHIE WILLIAMS

BRANCH SECRETARY

PO BOX 452

CANNON HILL

QLD 4170

TWU WORKING FOR ITS MEMBERS





MEDIA RELEASE

20-10-10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



TWU RENEWS CALLS TOW TRUCK INDUSTRY INQUIRY

Public outrage over predatory and unscrupulous tactics being used in the tow truck industry has

the TWU again calling for a Government Inquiry.


Drivers being held to ransom for impounded vehicles and reports of assaults and intimidation by

operators come in the wake of alleged standover tactics at accident sites and violence among

competing companies.


TWU Queensland State Secretary Hughie Williams feels that an industry clean-out in the

interests of public safety is well overdue.


“The Government needs to be looking at the types of people working in this industry. There are

a lot of good tow truck drivers out there but unfortunately there’s also quite a few that I wouldn’t

consider to be fit and proper to be dealing with the public.


“The situation is getting worse and worse. My office still receives calls about violence between

drivers of rival companies and now the public is being subjected to it as well.


“Some of what I’m hearing about is criminal activity and the public have a right to be concerned

about the industry.


“Being involved in an accident makes people vulnerable at a time when they want to feel secure

about those attending the scene. I certainly can’t say that I’d feel comfortable with some of the

characters in the industry at present.


“Added to all this is the unscrupulous tactics being used in shopping centre car parks by some

operators. It’s time the Government and the Police got serious about cleaning the industry up”.


For further comment please contact Mr. Williams directly on 07 3890 3066 or 0413 744 436.









Authorised by Hughie Williams, TWU State Secretary, Queensland






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