Bega Cheese fined for dangerous goods breach


The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Bega Cheese Limited, Bobbins Transport Pty Limited and an employee of the transport company for not carrying the appropriate dangerous goods transport documentation.

EPA Regional Director for South and West Gary Whytcross said that compliance with the regulations reduced the risks transport of dangerous goods could pose to the community and environment.

“Bega Cheese, the transport company and driver all had a responsibility to ensure the appropriate dangerous goods transport documentation was carried with the vehicle,”  Whytcross said.

“Having this information on what dangerous goods are being transported to hand, is particularly important if there were to be an accident; it reduces the risk to police and the emergency services personnel responding to the accident, providing crucial information to inform their response and allow them to act quickly.”

The dangerous goods offences were detected during a joint EPA, NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services compliance operation at Bega in early 2016.

During the operation EPA officers inspected a heavy vehicle carrying 13 x 1000L intermediate bulk containers classified as dangerous goods under the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2008.

The EPA fined Bega Cheese $1,300 for consigning dangerous goods for transport without compliant transport documentation.

The transport company, Bobbins Transport was fined $2,000 for failing to ensure compliant transport documentation was carried and the driver of the vehicle was fined $260 for failure to carry transport documentation.