Fine wakeup call for trucking industry

A Wollert haulage company that failed to properly secure its load has been fined $9,246 by EPA Victoria.

The incident and fine are reminders to the trucking industry to be better prepared.

EPA received more than 150 calls last year to assist with road related spills on roads across Victoria that had potential to harm the environment.

Most were related to escaping fuel following a road incident but almost half (64) involved incidents where the spill wasn’t related to a collision.

Western Metropolitan Regional Manager Steve Lansdell said the environmental impacts of these spills could have been reduced if trucking companies were better prepared.

“Transport is a professional industry. EPA requires operators and drivers to be prepared. Loads should be secured and spill kits in case of an emergency should be carried at all times,” Mr Lansdell said.

“Accidents happen but they can be prevented with commonsense and a professional approach. Otherwise, we will take action and issue fines.”

In this case, AB Haulage of Pine Park Drive, Wollert was fined following an incident where one of their trucks spilled a load of about 1.2 tonnes of waste construction soil as it drove along the Tullamarine Freeway on 17 April 2023.

“Luckily no one was hurt when this spill occurred, it’s a timely reminder for all operators and drivers to make sure they proactively work to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening – for the sake of community and the environment,” Mr Lansdell said.

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