Trucking company fined $31,000 for dangerous goods breaches

Carriers of dangerous goods on Western Australian roads have been given a warning to adhere to high safety standards, after a company was fined $31,000 for numerous breaches.

A truck stopped in Northam on the 15th of February was found to be carrying chlorine gas without placarding, load inspection documents, or equipment required to control a potential incident.

The Northam Court magistrate said that if an incident occurred, it would not only have been the driver at risk but other road users and emergency personnel.

Charges against the company included 14 separate offenses relating to five different occasions, when trucks were stopped by traffic police for dangerous goods inspections in Wubin, Karratha, Bindoon, and Northam.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum dangerous goods director Philip Hine said the finding would reinforce the dangerous goods laws.

“This enforcement should send a strong message to dangerous goods transport companies that, for the safety of all concerned, regulations must be followed at all times,” he said.

“Those who disregard dangerous goods transport regulations not only put their own lives in danger but also that of other road users and emergency response personnel.”

In 2013, dangerous goods transport offences attracted over $170,000 in fines, and this year the total exceeds $40,000.

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