Paradigm to challenge truck fines at Port Botany


Sydney container haulage firm Paradigm Engineering is planning to contest fines imposed on its trucks at Port Botany. Paradigm partner Warren Symonds, who is also linked to Alltrans Logistics, believes the former Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), now Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), went beyond its remit in fining his trucks as they left the CTAL gates to travel a short distance so their cargo could be broken down to legal volumes. Symonds, is no stranger to legal challenges and who is regarded as a burr under the saddle of authorities and stevedores at the port, claims the road is on private land and that proper weighing procedures were not followed.

By Rob McKay | November 30, 2011

 

Sydney container haulage firm Paradigm Engineering is planning to contest fines imposed on its trucks at Port Botany.

Paradigm partner Warren Symonds, who is also linked to Alltrans Logistics, believes the former Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), now Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), went beyond its remit in fining his trucks as they left the CTAL gates to travel a short distance to where their cargo could be broken down to legal volumes.

Symonds, is no stranger to legal challenges and who is regarded as a burr under the saddle of authorities and stevedores at the port, claims the road is on private land and that proper weighing procedures were not followed.

He also cast doubt on whether the then-RTA officers had the requisite Maritime Security Identification Cards.

A Sydney Ports Corporation spokesman could not recall any recent RMS/RTA campaign at the port since one that occurred last year.

Sources with an understanding of the port say road authorities have never had issues checking legal loading of trucks at the port before.

If undertaken early next month, this legal challenge will follow several successful challenges on weighing issues related to the wording of weigh-station signage on NSW
highways.



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