The Land and Environment Court has slapped Manfreight Distribution with over $88,000 in fines and court costs for failing to ensure dangerous goods were transported in a safe manner.
The charges go back to 2011 when a joint Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Police heavy vehicle compliance operation, conducted near Lithgow, unveiled the breeches.
During the operation EPA officers searched a Manfrieght truck and found it loaded with 3900kgs of dangerous goods from a mix of classes.
The mix of classes included incompatible dangerous goods and unrestrained dangerous goods (including 18 200L drums of flammable liquids).
The company was also charged with failure to placard the load and a failure to have the necessary personal protection equipment and prescribed fire extinguisher.
The Court ordered Manfreight to pay $56,000 in fines and $32,500 in legal costs.
The driver and the owner of the truck were convicted in local courts in 2013 and fined $800 and $10,000 respectively.