Conflict threatens transport safety commission
Conflict of interest threatens transport safety
Roger Sowry - National Transport Spokesperson
Revelations that the Transport Accident Investigation
Commission’s media contractor is working for Air New Zealand
reveals a dangerous conflict of interest, says National’s
Transport spokesman Roger Sowry.
“Today in Parliament
the Minister of Transport refused to accept there was a
conflict, and has refused to act. This is despite TAIC
themselves raising serious concerns in their briefing papers
to the Minister.
“How can the same person possibly do
the same job? It’s like putting the fox in charge of the
“The Minister needs to ensure that this
arrangement is stopped and that TAIC’s independence is
maintained. It is outrageous that the Minister won’t take
advice or do anything about this issue.
“TAIC also has
serious funding problems, a lack of independence from the
Ministry of Transport and a 50% staff turnover, all of which
shows the Minister has some major problems to deal with,”
said Mr Sowry.
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