Toll Transport fined for Northern Beaches incident after crash

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Toll Transport Pty Ltd $2,000 following a petrol tanker crash at Seaforth last year.

On 17 October 2018 the tanker collided with a rock wall under Ethel St Bridge on Manly Road after a collision with a car, disabling the prime mover.

EPA Director Hazardous Materials Asela Atapattu said a $2,000 Penalty Notice was issued for the way a contractor engaged by Toll Transport responded to the crash.

“We understand that Fire and Rescue NSW asked Toll to control the situation and recover the dangerous goods. Toll engaged a contractor to manage the situation. We allege the contractor failed to evaluate the situation correctly and didn’t obtain the equipment and resources to perform the recovery in a timely manner.”

Under the law, Toll is responsible for the actions of its contractor.

“Although the tanker wasn’t seriously damaged in the incident, a major metropolitan arterial road was impacted for 18 hours before Fire and Rescue ordered the tanker be moved off the road to prevent further inconvenience and environmental risk during the next evening traffic peak. Furthermore, the resources of FRNSW, NSW Police, RMS and Northern Beaches Council were tied up during this extended incident,” Mr Atapattu said.

“Any poorly managed recovery on a major road involving dangerous goods has the potential to cause significant harm to the environment and people in the area, including residents and motorists.”

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions. When issued with a penalty notice, the notice recipient may pay the penalty notice, seek a review, or elect to have the matter determined by a court.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm