Hoare Bros in drivers move after fine

Earthmoving and heavy haulage looks to education and cooperation to ensure no repeat of overweight and unroadworthy case

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | November 13, 2012


A Geelong earthmoving and heavy haulage company which was fined for using an overweight and unroadworthy vehicle has implemented procedures to prevent such incidence from happening again.

Hoare Bros Transport Coordinator Michael Walker says the company will hold a meeting with its drivers later this week to educate them and rebuild its reputation.

The company, which offers earthworks and heavy equipment haulage, yesterday pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrate’s Court to charges of operating a vehicle in a breach of its mass limit and using an unroadworthy vehicle.

Walker, who has been with the company for five years, says it’s the first time such an incident has occurred during his time.

"We will rebuild our reputation by trying to do the right thing and educate drivers," Walker says.

"We don’t sit there and try to do the wrong thing – we have put proper procedures in place such as sign off documents for customers and drivers to ensure this doesn’t happen again."

The company has employed an extra mechanic following the March 15 incident who will oversee vehicles and the seven drivers.

The 50-year-old driver, who was caught driving the unroadworthy vehicle that was 72 percent over the weight limit on the Hume Freeway, is still working for the company.

"We have been cooperative with VicRoads and addressed the issue but the industry looks bad at times no matter the issue," Walker says.

The fifth-generation company was using a nine-axle vehicle combination to transport a mobile rock-crusher to Euroa in north-east Victoria when it was stopped at a weighbridge on the freeway.

The vehicle’s chassis was found cracked and its breaks faulty.

The company was fined $2,500.

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