Transport for NSW has sounded a warning to vehicle-safety examiners after a court dismissed the appeal of a Moorebank operator who provided a blue slip for a car without sighting it.
The Moorebank business owner was investigated by transport officers in February 2015 after a 1983 Toyota Hilux was issued a blue slip despite the car being in a wrecking yard in Victoria.
The man was prosecuted in December that year for producing a false document and breaches of his examiners' and proprietor's authority. He was found guilty and fined $12,000, including costs.
The dodgy examiner sought leave to appeal, claiming the penalty was too severe.
The appeal was dismissed by the district court on July 25 this year, with the proprietor fined $7000 and ordered to pay $35,269 costs.
Transport's compliance director RogerWeeks welcomed the result, saying the safety inspections which should happen for an authorised examiner to issue a blue slip verify the safety of an unregistered vehicle and ensure it meets design and identity standards.
"NSW has 13,790 authorised vehicle examiners across the state and the majority take their role in ensuring vehicle safety extremely seriously," he said.
"But make no mistake, if a safety inspector is found to be breaking the law Transport for NSW will ensure he or she is held accountable."