Court orders QFM to install load monitoring equipment

By: Jason Whittaker


A Queensland carrier has been ordered to install expensive load monitoring systems after admitting to numerous overloading offences. Queensland Freight Management

March 18, 2008

A Queensland carrier has been ordered to install expensive load monitoring systems after admitting to numerous overloading offences.

Queensland Freight Management (QFM) was branded a "persistent and systematic offender" by the Goulburn Local Court after pleading guilty to 16 overloading offences under New South Wales chain of responsibility law.

Under the legislation, the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) sought a Supervisory Invention Order which requires QFM to install, within a fortnight, compliance equipment in each of its heavy vehicles to weigh the axle load of the vehicle.

The order, which QFM consented to and was put into effect last Sunday, will have a "strong impact on the company’s future conduct in relation to overloading" according to an RTA spokesperson.

"This will cost the company tens of thousands of dollars and should go a long way towards preventing further persistent breaching of road laws," the spokesperson says.

The RTA says the judgement reflects the new level of accountability expected of all parties in the logistics supply chain for compliance with road transport law.

Chain of responsibility laws in NSW currently relate to mass, dimension and load restraint matters. From September, the laws will be extended to cover fatigue and speeding in the heavy vehicle industry.

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