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EPA fines The Gas Connection Pambula for non-compliant transport of dangerous goods

Media release: 8 April 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued D & L Dick Pty Ltd (trading as The Gas Connection, Pambula) and an employee of the company with penalty notices and official cautions for dangerous goods offences.

EPA’s South East Region Manager, Nigel Sargent, said that the dangerous goods offences were detected during a joint EPA, NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services compliance operation at Bega in February 2016. 

“EPA officers inspected a light vehicle carrying nine 45 kilogram bottles of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which is a Class 2 Flammable Gas dangerous good,” Mr Sargent said.

“This vehicle was not equipped with the essential safety and personal protective equipment, nor was it carrying the required emergency information needed in case of an emergency situation.

“Everybody—from the driver through to the vehicle owner and transporter—has a responsibility to ensure that dangerous goods are transported in a safe and legal manner.

“The dangerous goods laws are there to keep the community safe and to protect the environment.

“The EPA will shortly be holding an information session in the Bega Valley area to discuss the legal obligations with dangerous goods transporters.”

Compliance inspections are an important part of the EPA’s focus on preventative action.

The EPA issued the company a $2 000 Penalty Notice for using a vehicle to transport dangerous goods that was not equipped with an emergency information holder and emergency procedure guide. The driver was also issued a $260 penalty notice for these offences and both the driver and company received official cautions for the other offences.

An improvement notice was also issued which requires the company to bring the vehicle up to the required dangerous goods transport standards. The company has complied with this notice.  

Penalty notices are just one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve compliance with the dangerous goods transport legislation and other environmental laws. Other tools include investigation, improvement and prohibition notices, cancellation, suspension and variation of dangerous goods vehicle and drivers licences, official cautions and prosecutions.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm

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

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 08 April 2016