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Environment Protection Authority

EPA and Police join forces to target trucks carrying dangerous goods

Media release: 26 February 2016

A joint operation between the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Police has found a number of truck drivers transporting dangerous goods unsafely and incorrectly.

In February the EPA joined forces with NSW Police to undertake a two-day roadside inspection campaign, targeting local vehicles transporting dangerous goods in and around Newcastle.

Over the two days, EPA and NSW Police officers identified five vehicles in breach of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.

Under the Code, transport companies and drivers have a responsibility to ensure their vehicles:

  • Are roadworthy and in good condition
  • Have the correct dangerous goods placards in place
  • Have the appropriate transport, emergency and licence information
  • Have all goods appropriately stowed, restrained and segregated
  • Have the proper safety and protective gear on board

The EPA’s Manager for the Hunter Region, Adam Gilligan, said the level of non-compliance with these rules was concerning.

“The most common offences appeared to be a failure to properly restrain goods during transit and a failure to have appropriate and accurate transport documentation,” Mr Gilligan said.

“There was also one driver carrying unrestrained corrosive materials next to foodstuffs.”

The EPA has issued four penalty notices totally nearly $4,000 in fines and will be carrying out further investigations into two more transport companies, with the intention of taking further regulatory action, as result of this compliance campaign.

The EPA and NSW Police will continue to undertake dangerous goods compliance and enforcement operations throughout the region to ensure the protection of road users, the community and environment.

For more information on dangerous goods training, licensing, compliance and regulation please visit the NSW EPA website 

Anyone who sees dangerous goods being transported in an unsafe manner should contact the Environment Line on 131 555.


Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 26 February 2016