Dodgy garbos hit with further police raids
Disgraced garbage truck company United Resource Management (URM) has been slapped with a further 22 defects following further police raids.
On Monday, 33 trucks were inspected, with 20 minor defects issued and two grounded for major defects, including faulty brakes.
URM is currently in court after one of its trucks hit and killed a 58-year-old grandmother while she was pushing her grandson in a pram in February.
This latest raid is the third in the past week after a URM truck rolled over at Lane Cove earlier in the month.
In total, the dodgy collectors have had 75 trucks inspected with 46 found to have minor defects, four grounded due to major defects and a driver caught working without a licence.
And it only gets worse.
One listener tells Ray URM buys second-hand trucks from Randwick Council and resprays them to pass them off as new.
Another emailed Ray about former Cumberland Council Administrator Viv May approving a $68-million contract with URM despite declaring a conflict of interest.
United Service Union (USU) Manager Stephen Donley wrote to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) about the deal.
He tells Ray despite declaring a conflict of interest, the deal still went ahead.
“He declared he has a conflict of interest, that his daughter had been working for a company that was working with URM.”
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Mr Donley says approximately 40 people lost their jobs due to the contract going ahead.
“I can clearly say this is Cumberland, the service has gone down to zero. There’s breakdowns, they bought the old trucks.”
ICAC has told the union they will not be investigating the matter any further.
Ray says he’s been attempting to put the allegations to URM but they’ve gone into hiding.
“URM are in the fetal position and won’t talk to us, but I can tell you who they will talk to… Chief Inspector Phil Brooks from NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol.
“He’s meeting with them again today.”