Queensland company directors facing charges over truck fatality

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has filed primary duty charges against the directors of a Queensland mining company which was operating as a prime contractor of drivers of heavy vehicle combinations.

The NHVR initiated an investigation following a fatality that occurred in May 2019 involving a heavy vehicle rolling on an incline.

The NHVR will allege that the directors failed to exercise due diligence to ensure the company fulfilled its duty under section 26C of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), with the matter listed for a first mention in the Biloela Magistrates’ Court on June 30.

The regulator says it has not published details of the company or its directors because it is prevented from releasing information that could identify a person or company.

In other enforcement news, the NHVR has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking (on behalf of Transport for New South Wales) from YF Water Services Pty Ltd, in line with section 590A of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

YF Waste proposed the Enforceable Undertaking following failure to comply with mass weight requirements.

The proposal consists of enhanced driver education and training, with an aim of leading to improved compliance in the future.

The Enforceable Undertaking has a minimum expenditure of $18,000.

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