Miles Transport fined $42k for fatigue breach

Carrier hauled before court and slapped with heavy fine for false driving records

By Samantha Freestone | March 18, 2010

Victorian transporter Miles Transport has been fined more than $42,000 under fatigue management laws in Victoria following a VicRoads operation in July last year.

The operator was fined $30,000 for failing to ensure drivers had minimum rest breaks and for possessing improper work diary records. The company was also ordered to pay $3,630 in court costs.

Company individuals John Lumsden, Shane Lumsden and Andrew Falconer were convicted and fined a total of $8,500 for making false work records.

Ringwood Magistrates Court ruled the company had put other drivers at risk an staff falsified records about driving breaks.

VicRoads officers had secretly trailed one driver for almost 11 hours as he drove into NSW without a rest break.

Falconer was also followed for about five hours and did not rest in that time.

Director of road user services for VicRoads Dean Zabrieszach says driving tired is one of the ‘‘biggest killers on our roads’’.

‘‘Truckies and bus drivers who are on the road for long stretches of time, and often at night, are most at risk of falling asleep at the wheel,’’ he says.

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