Court outcomes

Examples of court orders made in respect of HVNL offences.

New South Wales

22 July 2020

Corowa Local Court

Defendant: Driver

The defendant was charged with two counts of making false or misleading entries in work record.

Section/Act:

  • s325(1) HVNL (x2)

Fine:

  • $5,000 (per count)
  • TOTAL: $10,000

Other Orders: Convictions recorded

20 July 2020

Downing Centre Local Court

Defendant: Company

The defendant was charged with a Severe category over mass offence. The vehicle was overloaded by 25% on the tri-axle and the defendant had two prior convictions for similar matter in 2018 and 2019.

It was noted that while the maximum penalty had the defendant been an individual was $14,000.00 as it was a Corporation, the Court was entitled to impose a max fine of around $70,000.00, pursuant to s596 of the HVNL.

Section/Act:

  • s96 HVNL (Severe)

Fine:

  • $10,000

Other Orders: Conviction recorded

15 July 2020

Forster Local Court

Defendant: Company

A Kenworth B-Double combination was directed to stop at the Jones Island Heavy Vehicle Checking Station on 19th February 2020. Tests were carried out and it was found that the speed limiter was set to 125.5 km/h – more than 25 per cent above the allowed threshold.

The matter was heard in Forster Local Court on 15 July. The prosecution submitted that the offence was at the higher end of seriousness, as the company’s truck was able to travel at more than 25 per cent above the maximum speed limit, creating a real risk to public safety.

Section/Act:

  • s93 HVNL

Fine:

  • $10,000

Other orders: Convictions recorded

Queensland

15 September 2021

Maryborough

Matter of W R L

On 4 April 2021, Transport Inspectors intercepted the defendant driving a heavy vehicle combination travelling northbound on the Bruce Highway, at the Maryborough weigh site.

Upon request, the defendant presented his work diary. The defendant was operating under Basic Fatigue Management hours as a solo driver. An inspection of the work diary revealed four instances where the defendant had exceeded permissible work hours:

Facts in relation to Charge 1

The defendant had worked a total of 16 hrs in the 24hr period commencing at Townsville at 6pm on 8 February 2021 and ending at Yatala at 6pm on 9 February 2021, constituting a critical risk breach.

Facts in relation to Charge 2

The defendant had worked a total of 16 hrs in the 24hr period commencing at Mackay at 10pm on 6 March 2021 and ending at Gin Gin at 10pm on 7 March 2021, constituting a critical risk breach.

Facts in relation to Charge 3

The defendant had worked a total of 15 ¾ hrs in the 24hr period commencing at Yatala at 8:30pm on 17 March 2021 and ending between Bowen and Mount Saint John at 8:30pm on 18 March 2021, constituting a critical risk breach.

Facts in relation to Charge 4

The driver had worked a total of 16 hrs in the 24hr period commencing at Yatala at 3pm on 27 March 2021 and ending

Section/Act:

  • HVNL Q – Fatigue
  • s254 (1)(a)
  • 4 x Critical

Fine:

  • $4,750  (+ $99.70 Court costs)

14 July 2021

Townsville Magistrates Court

Matter of Cr

On 24 September 2020, Transport Inspectors intercepted a heavy combination carrying a 46-tonne excavator on the Flinders Highway, which was directed to the Woodstock mobile weigh site.

When questioned about mass permits, the defendant produced a copy of the NHVR Notice – Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle Mass Exemption Notice 2019.

This 2019 Mass Exemption Notice had been rescinded by the equivalent 2020 Mass Exemption Notice in May 2020, however, would not apply in any event as the exemption notice only applied to the combination if the quad-axle group did not exceed 35 tonnes.

The assessed mass of 36.8 tonnes was 184% of the mass requirement. Therefore, the State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle Mass Exemption Notice 2020 to ceased operation, and the regulation mass limit applied, equating to a severe breach.

Section/Act:

  • s 96(1) 1 x Severe

Fine:

  • $2,750

Court costs awarded:

  • $99.70

7 August 2020

Wynnum Magistrates Court

Defendant: Company 

The defendant company was investigated as a result of a tip off through the Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line. The investigation revealed that the two main drivers for the company had committed a number of fatigue management offences driving between Wagga Wagga and Brisbane. The company breached its duty in the chain of responsibility as it failed to schedule trips in a way that enabled the drivers to comply with the HVNL. The company was fined and has since changed their practices, which allows its drivers to rest adequately during travel periods.

Section/Act: 

  • s26H (x2)

Fine: 

  • $60,000 (+ Court costs) 
  • One fine for both offences

7 August 2020

Wynnum Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver 
 

In November 2018 the defendant was employed to drive a B-double from Brisbane to Wagga Wagga to collect canola oil and return to the Port of Brisbane with the consignment. The defendant held Basic Fatigue Management accreditation and was authorised to drive for 14 hours a day, yet still had to have 7 continuous hours of rest. The driver falsified his work diary (s702(1)) to attempt to cover the fact that he was completing up to 20 hours of work in a single 24-hour period. In one instance he had as little as 1 ¾ hours of continuous rest. The company the driver was employed by was also successfully prosecuted under the HVNL Primary Duty legislation. 

Section/Act: 

  • s254(1)(a) (x5)
  • s254(1)(b) (x4)
  • s702 (x1)

Fine: 

  • $14,000 (+ Court costs) 
  • One fine for all offences

7 August 2020

Wynnum Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver  

The defendant did not hold any accreditation which meant that he could drive for 12 hours a day, and was required to have at least 7 continuous hours of rest. 

The driver falsified his work diary to attempt to cover the fact that he could not, even theoretically, travel from Brisbane to Wagga Wagga in one day, even though the Company expected him to do so. 

Section/Act: 

  • s250(1)(a) (x2)
  • s250(1)(b) (x2) 
  • s702 (x1)

Fine: 

  • $6,000 (+ Court costs) 
  • One fine for all offences 
     

2 April 2020

Proserpine Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

The defendant was intercepted on the Bruce Highway. There were discrepancies between his work diary and ANPR camera data. An investigation commenced and using GPS data and ANPR data it was determined that the driver had undertaken extensive falsification of his work diary.

Section/Act:

  • s250(1)(a) (x 12)
  • s250(1)(b) (x 9)
  • s702 (x 1)

Fine:

  • $12,000 (+ court costs)
  • One fine for all offences

Other orders: Convictions recorded

13 May 2019

Southport Magistrates Court

Defendant: Director

The steer axle of a heavy vehicle was loaded at 120% of the applicable mass limit and the drive axle was loaded at 118% of the limit.  The director of the company was not aware of the mass limits that applied to the vehicle. The loading machinery used by the company had no weighing equipment attached. There was no formal training or induction process for new drivers.  The company was charged and convicted under (repealed) extended liability provisions.

Section/Act:

  • C1 – C2 - s96(1) HVNL
  • C3 – C4 - s183 HVNL

(Pre 01/10/2018 offences)

Fine:

  • $3,000 (global penalty) (+ court costs)

26 April 2019

Townsville Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

A prime mover was towing a trailer carrying a Hitachi wheel loader, empty pallets and tyres.  A tyre fell from the trailer and crossed the road in front of an oncoming passenger bus. The prime mover had a tyre missing from the front axle and a split tyre on another axle.  The vehicle’s windscreen was cracked, the rocker box and leaf springs needed maintenance, hydraulic fluid was leaking and there were worn brakes on the trailer. The mass on the tri-axle group was 26.7t which was 133% of the permitted mass limit (a severe risk breach).  The vehicle did not have an “Oversize” sign.  Inspection of the driver’s work diary revealed several occasions where the driver had exceeded maximum work hours or did not rest for the required minimum rest period as well as numerous instances where information was required to be recorded but had been omitted.

Section/Act:

  • C1 - s111(1) HVNL
  • C2 - s89(1) HVNL
  • C3 - s96(1) HVNL
  • C4 - s129(3) HVNL
  • C5 - C9 s250(1)(a) HVNL
  • C10 - C12 s250(1)(b) HVNL
  • C13 - s297(2) HVNL
  • C14 - s293(1)(b) HVNL

Fine:

  • C1 - $5,000
  • C2 - $3,500
  • C3 - $3,500
  • C4 - $648
  • C5-C14 - $7,000
  • TOTAL: $19,648 (+ court costs)

15 April 2019

Cleveland Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver
When inspected, the driver’s work diary showed that the driver had worked for 17½ hrs in a 24 hr period which is 5½ hrs more than the maximum (a critical risk breach).  In the same period, the driver had only had 4¼hrs of continuous stationary rest, not the required period of 7 hrs (a critical risk breach).

Section/Act:

  • C1 - s250(1)(a) HVNL
  • C2 - s250(1)(b) HVNL

Fine:

  • $5,000 (global penalty) (+ court costs)

13 December 2018

Toowoomba Magistrates Court

Defendant: Company
A heavy vehicle combination transporting a scraper was the subject of a permit however the mass limit of the permit was breached and the vehicle was assessed at general mass limits. The mass on the quad axle group (dual tyres) of the trailer was 205% of the maximum mass limit (a severe risk breach). The mass on the tandem axle group of the trailer (dual tyres) was 114% of the maximum permitted mass (a substantial risk breach).

Section/Act:

  • C1 - s96(1) HVNL
  • C2 - s183 HVNL

(Pre 01/10/2018 offence)  October 18)

Fine:

  • $10,000 (global penalty) (+ court costs)

South Australia

Date 2 August 2021

Port Augusta Magistrates Court

Defendant type: Driver

Defendant charged with one count of obstructing an authorised officer who was exercising a power under the HVNL. Matter proceeded in absence of defendant. Submissions made as the seriousness of the offending and importance of ensuring safety of Safety and Compliance Officers.

Section/Act:

  • S584(1)

Fine:

  • $3,000.00
  • Plus prosecution fees, and victims of crime levy

Other Orders:

  • Conviction recorded 

Date 2 August 2021

Port Augusta Magistrates Court

Defendant type: Driver

Following an intercept by South Australian Police, the driver’s Work Diary entries were compared with Safe-T-Camera sighting of his vehicle. They were subsequently charged with two counts of making false or misleading entries in a work record.

Section/Act:

  • C1 – s325 HVNL
  • C2 – s325 HVNL

Fine:

  • $2,000.00 per count
  • Plus prosecution fees, and a victims of crime levy per count.

Other Orders:

  • Convictions recorded on each count

Date 2 August 2021

Port Augusta Magistrates Court

Defendant type: Driver

The Defendant was charged with two counts of failing to comply with the maximum work time for a solo drover operating under standard hours and one count of making a false or misleading entry in his work diary.

This was one of two matters the Defendant had before the Court on this day. 

Section/Act:

  • C1 – s250(1)(a) HVNL – CRITICAL
  • C2 – s250(1)(a) HVNL – CRITCAL
  • C3 – s325 HVNL

Fine:

  • C1 - $3,000.00
  • C2 - $3,000.00
  • C3 - $2,300.00 

TOTAL: $8,300.00
(plus prosecution fees, victims of crime levies and Court costs)

Other Orders: 

  • Convictions recorded on each count

Date 2 August 2021

Port Augusta Magistrates Court

Defendant type: Driver

The Defendant was charged as a solo driver operating under standard hours of three counts of working for more than the maximum work time. Two critical risk breaches and one minor risk breach.

This Defendant plead guilty in writing to all offences. 

Section/Act:

  • C1 – s250(1)(a) HVNL - CRITICAL
  • C2 – s250(1)(a) HVNL - MINOR
  • C3 – s250(1)(a) HVNL - CRITICAL

Fine: 

  • C1 - $2,060.00
  • C2 - $550.00
  • C3 - $2,060.00 

TOTAL: $4,670.00 
(plus prosecution fees, victims of crime levies and Court costs)

Other Orders:

  • Convictions recorded on each count

Date 14 July 2021

Berri Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver - Fatigue

The defendant was charged with 1 count of critical risk breach of over hours and one severe risk breach of over hours.

Section/Act:

  • C1 – s250(1)(b) (critical)
  • C2 – s250(1)(a) (severe)

Fine:

  • $5,000 for each count, $10,000 total.
  • Plus prosecution fees, victims levy and no court costs

Other Orders:

  • Convictions recorded

Date 14 July 2021

Berri Magistrates Court

Defendant: Operator

A vehicle was observed travelling in Yamba. It was diagnostically tested. It was revealed that the engine control module/emission control system was tampered with through reprogramming. This resulted in a non-compliant emission control system. Specifically, the design rules and standards were not being complied with for the heavy vehicle.

As a result of the inspection, a further 3 heavy vehicles belonging to the Defendant were inspected. It was also revealed that the engine control module/emission control system had been tampered with for these heavy vehicles.

All 4 heavy vehicles were issued with major defect notices.

The Defendant paid approximately $32,594 to qualified mechanics to rectify the major defects. This was to ensure the vehicles had compliant emission control systems.

The Defendant had no relevant prior convictions.

Section/Act:

  • C1 –  s. 91(1) HVNL
  • C2 –  s. 91(1) HVNL
  • C3 –  s. 91(1) HVNL
  • C4 –  s. 91(1) HVNL

Fine:

  • $3,000 (global penalty)
  • Plus prosecution fees, victims levy and court costs.

Other orders:

  • Conviction recorded

25 June 2021

Mount Gambier Magistrates Court

Defendant type: Employee - Managing Director  

The defendant was charged with 1 count of having in his possession a device that is designed, or is adapted, to enable tampering with a speed limiter of a heavy vehicle; first time offender.

Section/Act:

  • C1 - Section 20(1) of Part 2 Division 5 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (South Australia) Act 2013

Fine:

  • $1,200
  • Laptop computer (containing the speed tampering software) forfeited
  • Plus prosecution fees

Other Orders:

  • Conviction not recorded

25 June 2021

Elizabeth Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

The defendant was charged with 1 count of critical risk breach of over hours, one severe risk breach of over hours and 1 count of false or misleading entries; first time offender.

Section/Act:

  • C1 –  s250(1)(a) (critical)
  • C2 –  s250(1)(c) (critical)
  • C1 – s325(1)

Fine:

  • Global penalty of $5,000
  • Plus prosecution fees, victims levy and no court costs

Other Orders:

  • Convictions recorded 

30 November 2020

Ceduna Magistrates Court

Defendant: Employee Driver

The defendant was charged with 1 count of critical risk breach of over hours; first time offender.

Section/Act: 

  • C1 –  s250(1)(a) (critical)

Fine: 

  • C1 - $2,500
  • Plus prosecution fees, victims levy and no court costs 

Other Orders: 

  • Convictions recorded.

30 November 2020

Ceduna Magistrates Court

Defendant: Employee Driver

The defendant was charged with 1 count of false or misleading entries, 1 count of severe risk breach of over hours and 1 count of critical risk breach of insufficient rest; first time offender.

Section/Act: 

  • C1 – s325(1)
  • C2 –  s250(1)(a) (severe)
  • C3 –  s250(1)(b) (critical)

Fine: 

  • C1 – $2,000, C2 - $2,000, C3 - $2,500
  • Plus prosecution fees, victims levy and no court costs 

Other Orders: 

  • Convictions recorded.

27 November 2020

Elizabeth Magistrates Court

Party in COR: Driver

A driver was charged with seven counts of entering false or misleading information into his Work Diary over the period of about one month.

He had regularly recorded that he was resting at a particular location in the Barossa Valley when he was undertaking work activity.

Section/Act: 

  • S 325 HVNL

Fine: 

  • A global penalty of $10,000

Other Orders: 

  • Convictions recorded for all seven offences.

25 September 2020

Elizabeth Magistrates Court

Defendant: Employee Driver

The defendant was charged with one count of not having a 24 hour continuous stationary rest in a 7 day period and one count of making false or misleading entry in work diary; one previous relevant offence of making false or misleading entry in work diary.

Section/Act: 

  • C1 – s250(1)(b) (critical)
  • C2 –  s325(1) 

Fine: 

  • C1, C2 - $5,000 (global penalty)
  • Plus prosecution fees, court costs and victims levy

Other Orders: 

  • Convictions recorded


25 September 2020

Elizabeth Magistrates Court

Defendant: Employee Driver

The defendant was charged with four counts of working over hours in a 24 hour period; first time offender.

Section/Act: 

  • C1 – s250(1)(a) (substantial)
  • C2 –  s250(1)(a) (substantial)
  • C3 –  s250(1)(a) (severe)
  • C4 –  s250(1)(a) (substantial)

Fine: 

  • C1, C2, C3, C4 - $5,500 (global penalty)
  • Plus prosecution fees, court costs and victims levy

Other Orders: 

  • Convictions recorded 

6 July 2020

Port Augusta Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

The defendant was charged with multiple fatigue breaches. He plead guilty to all charges.

Magistrate imposed a global penalty of $7,500 for 5 CRITICAL and 1 SUBSTANTIAL breach charges.

It was noted the defendant would likely lose his licence as potentially over 20 demerit points would have automatically attached to the convictions. 

The defendant applied to have these demerit points reduced. The Magistrate agreed to this, noting that such a reduction can only occur in unusual circumstances and any decision to reduce demerit points must relate to the course of the offending itself, NOT to the personal circumstances of the defendant. 

Section/Act: 

  • C1 - s250(1)(a) (critical)
  • C2 – s250(1)(b) (critical) 
  • C3 - C5 – S250(1)(a) (critical)
  • C6 – s250(1)(a) (substantial) 

Fine:

  • $7,500 (global penalty) + court costs 

Other Orders: 

  • A conviction and 1 demerit point were recorded for each count. 

13 May 2020

Port Adelaide Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

The defendant was charged with 5 counts of making false or misleading entries 325 HVNL and a count of provide false document 702 HVNL. The defendant had a number of prior convictions, three of which were similar to the conduct charged.

The Prosecution submitted that an order of the court modifying his MC licence by precluding the driver driving a HV outside of 100km of his driver’s base will ensure he does not hold a duty of accurately filling out a work diary, thus avoiding further offending. Balancing that, he can still be gainfully employed working as a HV driver within the 100km for local freight.

Section/Act:

  • C1-C5 - s325 HVNL
  • C6 - s702 HVNL

Fine:

  • $4,800 (global penalty) + court costs

Other Orders:

  • Licence modified for 3 months to disqualify the driver from driving heavy vehicles beyond 100km of the driver’s base.
  • Conviction recorded

27 May 2019

Port Pirie Magistrates Court

Defendant: Company
An SA based company was transporting a tractor excavator combination on the back of a low loader trailer in a manner that did not comply with the Load Restraint Guide. The load was observed shifting and moving forward on the deck of the low loader as the vehicle braked. The company was charged with a permit offence in accordance with s 111 HVNL and it was a severe risk breach in accordance with s 114. The company pleaded guilty at the first possible opportunity and was given a 40% discount for their early guilty plea. The company was fined $10,000.00 plus fees and levy.

Section/Act:

  • s111 (HVNL) (Severe)

Fine:

  • $10,000 ( + court costs)

Other Orders: Conviction recorded

5 March 2019

Port Adelaide Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

The Defendant was an employee driver with four previous convictions for critical breaches of work and rest hours. He committed Counts 1 to 3 in a two month period and committed Count 4 shortly afterwards. 

Section/Act: 

  • C1 - s250(1))(a) HVNL (critical)
  • C2 - s325(1) HVNL
  • C3 - s250(1)(b) HVNL (critical)
  • C4 - s250(1)(a) HVNL (severe)

Fine: 

  • C1 - $3,000
  • C2 - $1,800
  • C3 - $3,000
  • C4 - $1,800
  • TOTAL: $9,600 (+ court costs)

Other Orders: Conviction recorded for all counts

5 March 2019

Port Adelaide Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

The solo driver of a prime mover operating under BFM hours rested for less than the minimum 7 hours of continuous rest time in a 24 hr period.

Section/Act: 

  • s254(1)(b) HVNL  (x 2)

Fine: 

  • $2,400 (per count)
  • TOTAL:$4,800 (+ court costs)

Other Orders: Convictions recorded

5 March 2019

Port Adelaide Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

The solo driver of a prime mover rested for less than the minimum 7 hours of continuous rest time in a 24 hr period and worked for more than the maximum period of 12 hours stated in the standard hours in a 24 hour period.

 

Section/Act: 

  • C1 - s250(1)(b) HVNL
  • C2 - s250(1)(a) HVNL
  • C3 - s250(1)(b) HVNL

Fine: 

  • $1,800 (per count)
  • TOTAL: $5,400

Other Orders: Convictions recorded for all counts

5 March 2019

Adelaide Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

In a 7 day period, a solo driver had not taken the required 24 hr continuous rest break, but had only taken 21 hrs and 45 minutes. In a 24 hr period, the driver had exceeded the permitted maximum of 12 hours, working for 13 hours and 45 minutes. The driver had previously been convicted of a loading offence but not of any fatigue offences.

Section/Act: 

  • s250(1)(a) HVNL (x 2)

Fine: 

  • $8000 (global penalty)

Other Orders: Convictions recorded

30 January 2019

Adelaide Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

A NSW licensed driver made false entries in his work diary, stating that he had been resting at a time when in fact he had been driving, loading or refuelling a vehicle. The driver had one prior similar offence from 2017 when he was fined $900.

Section/Act: 

  • 325(1) HVNL (x 3)

Fine:

  • $3,000 (per count)
  • TOTAL: $9,000 (+ Court costs)

Other Orders: Conviction recorded

30 January 2019

Adelaide Magistrates Court

Defendant: Operator

The company arranged for a drop deck trailer to be attached to its prime mover and gave instructions about how to load the trailer.  There were no weighing devices on the trailer and the load exceeded the legal limit – of 20 tonnes – by almost 6 tonnes.  The company had no prior relevant convictions.

Section/Act: 

  • s96(1) HVNL

Fine: 

  • $6000 (+ court costs)

Other Orders: Conviction recorded

3 December 2018

Ceduna Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

A solo driver operating under standard hours breached work and rest hours requirements by driving for 13 hours in a 24 hour period (substantial risk) and for resting only for 4.50 hours in a 24 hour period. (critical risk) When being previously convicted of similar offences he had been warned that further offending would result in licence disqualification. 

Section/Act: 

  • 250(1)(a) HVNL
  • 250(1)(b) HVNL

Fine: 

  • $1000 (+ court costs)

Other Orders: Licence disqualified for 9 months.

14 November 2018

Port Adelaide Magistrates Court

Defendant: Company/owner

An Adelaide based trucking company was prosecuted for two offences against s 229 of the HVNL (pre 1 October 2018 offending).

An investigation into the company was commenced after one of its drivers was involved in a collision. The trucks operated by the company were fitted with GPS and GPS data was readily available to the company. The company failed to access the GPS data or cross-check GPS records with drivers’ work diaries. Had the company accessed the GPS data it would have been alerted to indications that two drivers were committing extreme breaches of the fatigue regulations of the HVNL. Section 229 does not require proof that a driver was in fact driving fatigued – it is simply a failure to take reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not drive on the road while impaired by fatigue. Thus in failing to cross-check GPS with work diaries for these two drivers – which would have been a reasonable step – the company committed two offences against s 229 of the HVNL.

As the defendant was a company, the operation of s 596 meant that the maximum penalty for each of the two offences was $55,000 dollars (5 times the $11,000 maximum penalty for an s 229 offence). The Magistrate reduced the proposed a fine of $36,000 by 40% in recognition of the pleas of guilty on the first occasion the matter was in Court. This resulted in a global fine of $21,600 plus victims of crime levies and prosecutors fees.

Section/Act: 

  • s229 HVNL x 2 (pre 1/10/18 offence)

Fine: 

  • $21,600 (global penalty) (+ court costs)

Other Orders: Conviction recorded

4 September 2018

Ceduna Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

A solo heavy vehicle driver was charged with one count of driving while fatigued. He had been observed driving on the wrong side of the road at various times over about a 10 minute period. His licence was disqualified as he posed a significant public risk.

Section/Act: 

  • s228(1) HVNL

Fine: 

  • $2500 (+ court costs)

Other Orders: Licence disqualified for 3 months.

Victoria

25 June 2021

Colac Magistrates Court

Defendant type: Permit -
MDL

The defendant was charged with 1 count of failing to obtain a permit which resulted in a severe breach occurring in relation to the length of overhang on the Heavy Vehicle that was being driven under the companies direction; first time offender.

Section/Act:

C1 – s102 (1) (Severe)
 
Fine:

  • penalty of $10,000
  • plus prosecution fees, victims levy and no court costs

Other Orders: No conviction recorded

1 July 2021
 
Dandenong Magistrates Court
 
Defendant: Company

A company was observed travelling in a prime mover towing an extendable heavy trailer, which was loaded with a crane gantry beam.

The vehicle was intercepted, and the load inspected. It was revealed that the vehicle was travelling over the prescribed dimension limits. The company did not have a permit for the return trip. Accordingly, the dimensions were assessed against the statutory limits.

The allowed length was 19m. The length of the vehicle was 33.5m, an excess length of 14.5m.

The allowed width was 2.5m. The width of the vehicle was 2.75m, an excess width of 250mm. 

A permit would have allowed for a length of 45m and a width of 3.5m.

The vehicle was about to cross a railway just prior to the intercept. It was revealed that the company failed to obtain permission to cross the railway.

There were a total of 2 pilot vehicles. One of the pilots was not a certified level 2 pilot vehicle driver. There needed to be a minimum of 3 certified pilot vehicles to be used.

The company had no prior convictions.

Section/Act:

  • C1 –  s. 102(1)(b) (severe)
  • C2 –  s. 102(1)(b) (severe)

Fine:

  • $20,000 (global penalty)
  • Plus prosecution fees

27 May 2021

Sunshine Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

A driver was intercepted driving a heavy vehicle.

The load was inspected. It was revealed that the vehicle was travelling over the prescribed dimension limits. The permitted width was 2.5m and the measured width was 2.7m, an excess width of 200mm.

Database checks revealed the Defendant was driving without a licence and an unregistered vehicle.

The Defendant provided a false name, address and date of birth and eventually provided his real details.

The Defendant had prior convictions for driving offences, however no priors for Heavy Vehicle National Law offences.

Section/Act:

  • C1 – s. 102(1)(b) HVNL (severe)
  • C2 – s. 18(1) RSA
  • C3 – s. 7(1)(a) RSA
  • C4 – s. 59(2) RSA 

Other Orders:

  • Place on a 12 month Community Corrections Order (CCO) to complete 50 hours of unpaid community work.
  • Conviction recorded

13 May 2021

Werribee Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

A driver was intercepted driving a prime mover towing a low loader, which was loaded with a container.

The vehicle was intercepted and the load inspected. It was revealed that the vehicle was travelling over the prescribed dimension limits.

The vehicle permitted length was 19m. The vehicles length was measured at 20.3m, an excess length of 1.3m.

Section/Act:

  • C1 – s. 102(1)(b) HVNL (severe)

Fine:

  • $10,000

Other Orders:

  • Conviction recorded

23 April 2021

Broadmeadows Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

A driver was intercepted driving a heavy vehicle, being a freightliner tow truck coupled to a refrigerated trailer.

It was revealed that the vehicle had breached its mass and dimension requirements.

The vehicle was loaded at 124% of the applicable mass limit of the tandem drive. The vehicles allowed length was 26m as the Defendant had a permit, however due to breaching the permit the length reverted to the statutory limit of 19m. The length of the vehicle was 29.06m, an excess length of 10.06m.

The Defendant had prior driving matters, however had no priors for Heavy Vehicle National Law matters.

Section/Act:

  • C1 – s. 96(1) HVNL (severe)
  • C2 – s. 102(1)(b) HVNL (severe

Fine:

  • $10,000 (global penalty)

Other Orders:

  • Conviction recorded
  • Ordered to pay prosecution costs

20 April 2021

Broadmeadows Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

A driver was intercepted driving a heavy vehicle.

It was revealed that the vehicle had breached its loading requirements and dimension requirements.

The vehicle was loaded with a tautliner truck body and chassis and other metal items. The vehicle was only secured by a single 1x50mm strap, and the items on the tray of the truck were loose and completely unrestrained.

It was also revealed that the vehicles dimension requirements were not complied with. The permitted width was 2.5m, with an excess width of 380mm. The permitted height was 4.3m, with an excess height of 270mm. The permitted rear overhang was 3.33m, with an excess rear overhang of 1,020mm.

The Defendant had priors for minor risk dimension and loading offences against the Heavy Vehicle National Law

Section/Act: 

  • C1 – s.111(1) HVNL (severe)
  • C2 – s. 102(1)(b) HVNL width (severe)
  • C3 – s. 102(1)(b) HVNL height (substantial)
  • C4 – s. 102(1)(b) HVNL rear overhang (severe)

Fine:

  • $750

Other Orders:

  • Placed on a 12 month Supervisory Intervention Order, to complete an educational training course on load restraint and to provide details of completion to the NHVR.
  • Conviction recorded
  • Ordered to pay prosecution costs

9 March 2021

Werribee Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver

A driver was intercepted driving a skip bin truck.

Database checks revealed that the Defendant’s licence was disqualified.

An inspection of the vehicle was conducted. The vehicle was found to be in in an unsafe condition. Issues included the brake shoes being worn down to the rivets, front and rear spring shackle buses worn excessively, rear torque rod bushes non-existent and oil leaks to the control unit.

The defendant had prior driving matters, however had no priors for Heavy Vehicle National Law matters.

Section/Act:

  • C1 – s. 30 RSA
  • C2 – s. 89 HVNL

Fine: 

  • $5,000

Other Orders:

  • Licence disqualified and cancelled for a period of 18 months.
  • Conviction recorded
  • Ordered to pay prosecution costs

19 September 2019

Horsham Magistrates Court

Defendant: Company

A company on 2 occasions was observed travelling as a class 1 heavy vehicle along the highway, routine inspection of the combinations indicated that the vehicles, after checking with their mass and dimension exemption permit, were operating outside the conditions of their mass and dimension exemption permit. It was also found that the class 1 heavy vehicles were over length (on both occasions) and over height.

Section/Act:

  • C1-C2 - s102(1)(b) HVNL (Length)
  • C3 - s102(1)(b) HVNL (Height)
  • C4 C5 - s129(1) HVNL

Fine:

  • $36,000 (global penalty)

19 September 2019

Horsham Magistrates Court

Defendant: Driver
Driver intercepted in a heavy vehicle with observation that the vehicle may be overloaded and also observed no load restraint covering the load of soil, which was loaded over the waterline. Heavy vehicle was weighed on portable weighing devices and found to be loaded at 121% of it mass, thus a severe risk mass breach.

Section/Act:

  • C1 - s96(1) HVNL
  • C2 - s111(1) Heavy Vehicle National Law

Fine:

  • $13,000 (global penalty)