A Victorian transport company has been fined $9246 by EPA Victoria after a truck lost part of its load on the Tullamarine Freeway.
The incident occurred on April 17, 2023, with 1.2 tonnes of waste construction soil spilling onto the busy freeway and impacting three lanes.
According to reports, lane closures were in place for over six hours as crews worked to clean up the road.
Wollert based company AB Haulage has been fined over the incident.
EPA Victoria says it received over 150 calls in 2022 to assist with road related spills, most of which related to escaping fuel.
“Transport is a professional industry. EPA requires operators and drivers to be prepared. Loads should be secured and spill kits in case of an emergency should be carried at all times,” said western metropolitan regional manager Steve Lansdell.
He also issued a stern warning, “Accidents happen but they can be prevented with common sense and a professional approach. Otherwise, we will take action and issue fines.
“Luckily no one was hurt when this spill occurred, it’s a timely reminder for all operators and drivers to make sure they proactively work to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening – for the sake of community and the environment.”