‘What number of deaths does it take’
Mitchell mentioned his good friend who had parked the truck “felt that it was his fault”.
However police “knew there was an issue and did not do something about it”, he mentioned.
9 years on, and several other Waka Kotahi security alerts later, a Fulton Hogan roadworker was crushed when the identical kind of handbrake failed.
“It was avoidable,” Mitchell mentioned.
“I imply, what number of deaths does it take earlier than authorities will take any motion?
“You have to reside with that on your life, that you have killed somebody, despite the fact that it is not your fault.”
The Sanwa Seiki brakes have been banned, however Mitchell needed the Cardan shaft brakes gone, too.
He urged Waka Kotahi to work on retrofit a handbrake that labored correctly into the tens of 1000’s of vans and building automobiles that had these brakes.
“If they cannot do the job, if they cannot maintain on a hill, they should not be on the street,” Mitchell mentioned.
Police mentioned it was not applicable “to make touch upon particular business manufacturers”.
“The place police detect a defect in a car, it takes applicable motion – for instance, ordering a car off the street till the defect is remedied.
“If police detect a pattern or theme in car defects, a referral is made to Waka Kotahi.”
Waka Kotahi has been approached for remark.