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Environment Protection Authority

Roads and Maritime Services fined for transport of dangerous goods

Media release: 8 March 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for failing to transport 15 cylinders of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) safely from its depot at Waratah, to Kooragang Island.

An EPA inspection in September 2016 found that 1,062 litres of LPG was loaded and transported without the accompanying safety documentation and safety signage. 

EPA Director Hunter Karen Marler said the EPA takes the transport of dangerous goods very seriously.

“In the event of an incident on the road, it’s very important for emergency services to have information about the cargo on the vehicle so they can act quickly and appropriately for the particular load.

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

“I’m pleased to see that Roads and Maritime Services, who received a $2000 fine, have since implemented revised systems and procedures to ensure all their vehicles are carrying the required documents.”

Penalty notices, official cautions and prevention notices are a number of tools the EPA can use to protect the environment and achieve environmental compliance. The EPA takes in a range of factors into account to determine its regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, potential health impacts, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

Information about the requirements for the transport of dangerous goods in NSW can be found on the EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/dangerousgoods/index.htm

The EPA encourages members of the community with knowledge of a pollution incident to contact the EPA’s 24 hour Environment Line on 131 555 and report the matter.

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Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 08 March 2017