EPA fines Inverell Freighters $14,000 for dangerous goods offences

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued two penalty infringement notices to Inverell Freighters, including $10,000 for failure to ensure dangerous goods are transported safely, and $4,000 for inappropriate placarding of transported goods.

EPA officers and Roads and Maritime Services NSW staff intercepted the Inverell Freighters truck on 16 March 2015. On inspection officers noted multiple breaches of the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act and Regulation and the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail. The goods were not being carried in a safe manner and the truck carrying the goods was not displaying the required dangerous goods placards.

EPA Acting Director North Branch, Brett Nudd, said it is vital that companies comply with dangerous goods legislation for the safety of the environment and the community.

“The dangerous goods laws are not negotiable. They exist to keep the community safe. This company has not complied with its responsibilities to transport goods safely and legally, which is why the EPA is taking this action,” Mr Nudd said.

“Hopefully, this action will ensure that all drivers and owners take greater care.”

Since the March 2015 incident, Inverell Freighters have taken remedial measures that include allocating two vehicles for sole transport of bulk dangerous goods loads, ensuring these vehicles and their drivers are licensed to carry dangerous goods, and employing a staff member fulltime to ensure the company’s compliance with dangerous goods legislation and work health and safety requirements.