Transporter fined $100,000 for mass breaches

HAMLEY Bridge-based MSR Transport Operations Pty Ltd has been fined $100,000 for repeated serious mass breaches this week.

South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) welcomed the decision of Elizabeth Magistrates Court in handing down the fine.

The court heard MSR Transport Operations repeatedly overloaded a B-double heavy vehicle carrying grain during the 2011/2012 harvest season.

A truck was used to carry grain from farms to a receiving facility at Bowmans, approximately 120kms north of Adelaide.

Accreditation permitting the truck to carry heavy loads was revoked in November 2011, restricting its allowed mass to 42.5 tonnes.

DPTI compliance officers conducted an audit of records through the grain receiver showing MSR Transport Operations Pty Ltd continued to overload the B-double up to 62.5 tonnes after their mass management accreditation was revoked for failing to fully comply with an accreditation audit.

The company was charged with 18 counts of severe risk breaches of mass and DPTI was successful in the protracted prosecution that followed.

MSR Transport Operations Pty Ltd now has 21 days to appeal the court decision.

DPTI's Paul Gelston, Acting General Manager Operational Services, said the breaches were not minor, but significant and repeated.

"The accreditation initially allowing heavy loads provides for operation in controlled circumstances. We work very closely with industry, particularly around grain harvesting and to have an operator working outside safe conditions places everyone on the road at risk," he said.

"We welcome the decision by the Courts and urge all heavy vehicle operators to do the right thing, and most do.

"For those who don't - they are lucky if the consequences of their actions are only financial".

But it will be hard for the company to pay the fine as it was forced into liquidation by the Federal Court in November last year.


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