CFA rego runs out

THE revelation that 20 CFA trucks, including ones in Briagolong and Meerlieu, had been allowed to run out of registration has placed Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan in the firing line.

Shadow Emergency Services spokesman James Merlino said the fact that more that a dozen fire stations would be down a CFA truck because of a bureaucratic blunder was a major embarrassment for Mr Ryan.

The trucks include vehicles in Briagolong and Moe.

Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan told Parliament on Thursday he would investigate and rectify the mistake.

The CFA said replacement vehicles had been supplied to all affected brigades while the re-registration process was completed.

Mr Ryan said the former Labor government had presided over the start of the problem in 2004.

He Ryan said the CFA had confirmed an administrative oversight that had led to a lapse in registration of a number of CFA vehicles in fact started eight years ago – mid-way through the previous Labor government.

“This is a lazy and embarrassing attempt by Daniel Andrews and Labor to mislead the community and now they have been left with egg on their face,” Mr Ryan said.

“Labor has been too lazy to even check basic facts before attempting to blame the Coalition government for an error that was occurring for around six years under the former Labor government.    

“Labor should be embarrassed by its lazy politicisation of this issue, which is an important matter of safety, not a political football.”

Mr Ryan said the CFA had advised that it was investigating the administrative oversight which had caused the issue around the registration of its trucks.