EPA NSW puts spotlight on dangerous goods truck compliance

Port Botany operation delivers encouraging results - and a stern reminder

EPA NSW puts spotlight on dangerous goods truck compliance
EPA image from the Port Botany operation


Soon after taking scorning offending waste transporters, the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has targeted another trucking sector – dangerous goods.

It issues an appeal to the state’s DG transporters not to neglect regular maintenance of their vehicles after a recent truck and driver compliance operation including Transport for NSW and NSW Police.

The EPA declares its recent activity a success after intercepting and inspecting 10 vehicles carrying dangerous goods at Port Botany on September 17, 2020.

How the EPA recently targeted and fined waste dumpers, here

Three of the 10 vehicles were found to have weeping fuel tank seals.

Their drivers were directed to proceed to their destination before having the vehicles repaired, with evidence of those repairs to be provided to the EPA before resuming service.

One unnamed transport company was found to have an insufficient emergency information number displayed on their truck.

EPA director major compliance and investigations Greg Sheehy says while the results were generally pleasing, maintenance is still an issue for some dangerous goods transporters.  

"No serious issues were identified but problems like fuel leaks don’t fix themselves," Sheehy says.

"It’s encouraging to see that the majority of dangerous goods companies are doing the right thing however, these vehicles must be regularly maintained to help ensure the safety of all road users in NSW.

"The EPA regulates the transportation of dangerous goods in NSW for good reason.

"These goods have the potential to pose risks to people and the environment if legal standards are not properly maintained.

"There are tough penalties for those who are not following legal requirements."

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions, the agency warns. 


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