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Logistics One fined $260k for speeding offences

Logistics One and two of its directors fined hefty sums for excessive speeding offences

September 23, 2013

Freight carrier Logistics One has been fined almost $260,000 in a New South Wales court after its trucks were caught speeding.

The company and two of its directors pleaded guilty to more than 120 charges of systematic speeding and speed limiter tampering. Logistics One was also ordered to pay $35,000 in court costs.

Both directors were found to not have taken reasonable steps to prevent Logistics One’s vehicles from speeding on 22 occasions. They were each fined $17,300.

The Roads and Maritime Services says Logistics One was caught speeding during last year’s Operation Octagon, which targeted heavy vehicle speeding.

“The court imposed fines send a strong message to the trucking industry that the small number of rogue operators who put the lives of other motorists at risk by travelling at excessive speeds will be held accountable,” a spokesperson for the department says.

The RMS isn’t planning on stopping at Logistics One, with the department planning on issuing improvement notices to three heavy vehicle operators caught travelling at 120km/h earlier this month on the Newell Highway.

“Improvement notices will also be issued to anyone that was connected to the loads on the heavy vehicle at the time of these dangerous speeding offences,” the RMS spokesperson says.

The notices are designed to force companies and their staff to change their business practices and implement measures to prevent trucks from speeding.

Operators will be forced to fix vehicle defects within a designated timeframe, and those who fail to do so will face court.

“While the driver has many responsibilities when delivering freight and goods all parties in the supply chain are now being targeted to curb excessive speeding and poor safety practices,” the spokesperson says.

“We will continue to combine strong commitment, targeted enforcement and industry education to produce safer roads for the community.”

NSW Assistant Commissioner John Hartley says police and RMS initiatives have reduced the heavy vehicle related road fatality rate by at least 50 percent based on the same time last year.

However, he adds that sections of the industry continue to willingly flout the law.

“Despite our continued speeding intercepts, enforcement action against operators and related issues being publicised in the media, there are those in the industry that want to push the line at great risk not only to themselves but to all road uses,” he says.

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