Pilgrim Transport convicted for breaching fatigue

Court fines and convicts Pilgrim Transport and one of its drivers for multiple fatigue management breaches

By Samantha Freestone | May 14, 2010

Pilgrim Transport and one of its drivers have been fined and convicted for breaching fatigue management laws.

Owner Geoffrey Pilgrim and driver Gregory Anderson were fined $2000 and $2,500 respectively in the Echuca Magistrates Court in Victoria.

Anderson was found guilty of 13 charges of exceeding 12 hours work in a 24 hour period.

He committed nine critical risk breaches, one severe and one minor infringement and two substantial violations.

Pilgrim was found guilty of eight charges of allowing an employee to exceed the 12 hour workday. The court ruled he committed seven critical breaches and one substantial infringement.

VicRoads investigator Scott Douglas says Anderson was intercepted by an enforcement officer.

"Details of driving hours were forwarded to the state-wide investigations group for an investigation to commence," Douglas says.

"Ultimately a number of breaches were identified and subsequently the driver and employer were both charged."

Douglas says the agency needs to make sure everyone shares the road safely.

"The outcome of this case sends a clear message that if heavy vehicle operators do not comply with the heavy vehicle driver fatigue laws they will be caught and prosecuted," he warned.

Fatigue management laws restrict the number of hours a truck driver can work each day.

Unless they are accredited in basic or advanced fatigue management, drivers cannot work more than 12 hours in a 24 hour period. They must also take rests at regular intervals.

Basic fatigue management allows drivers to work for 14 hours a day in return for meeting stringent conditions.

Drivers under advanced fatigue management can work up to 15 hours in Victoria and 16 hours in other states.

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