Historic court fines for Lennons

1 August 2014

Toughest truck compliance and enforcement regime in Australia secures historic fine

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and General Manager of RMS Compliance Operations Paul Endycott announced a trucking company today received the biggest fine in Australian transport law history.

Zaens Pty Ltd, trading as Lennons Transport, and its director Tony Lennon have been fined more than $1.3 million for almost 200 speeding related charges brought by RMS after a triple fatal on the Hume Highway at Menangle in 2012.

Mr Gay and Mr Endycott said the decision handed down in Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney today was the biggest penalty in NSW history against a trucking company under Chain of Responsibility legislation.

“This is a terrible tragedy, there are no winners here, but I hope this decision by the Court today brings some small comfort to the Logan family after their tragic loss,” Mr Gay said.

“This fine of more than $1.3 million dollars is the result of more than 18 months of investigation of the company by Roads and Maritime Services, which is separate to the NSW Police investigation into the crash.

“This result sends a very clear message to trucking companies across Australia - if you come here to NSW and do the wrong thing, we will come after you.

“Under Chain of Responsibility Laws we can pursue everyone from the scheduler and packer to the consignor, consignee, right up to the company’s directors and CEO.

“Today’s $1.3 million fine exceeds the $1.25 million handed down to a South Australian based company in May this year for similar matters.

“I have said it many times and I say it again today, I hope the small number of rogue operators in the industry are listening – nobody is above the law.

“We will ensure companies are held responsible if they are involved in an incident which they could have taken steps to avoid,” Mr Gay said.

"These two verdicts make it crystal clear - speeding and speed limiter tampering offences will not be tolerated in NSW," Mr Endycott said.

“We have the biggest enforcement and compliance regime in Australia with almost 300 frontline RMS inspectors.

“We work closely in conjunction with the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command headed by Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith and I pay tribute to their tireless efforts in working with us to make roads safer in NSW,” Mr Endycott said.

“The work between the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Roads and Maritime under the Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce is all about getting to rogue operators to prevent such events from occurring,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

"Rain, hail or shine we will be out there on our roads day and night and if you are doing the wrong thing we will find you.”

MEDIA: Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976 Emma Higginson 0467 743 192

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