KJM Contractors done for breaching mass limits

A South Australian trucking company has been convicted and fined $13,000 for overloading

February 13, 2013

A South Australian trucking company has been convicted and fined $13,000 for overloading.

The Port Adelaide Magistrates Court found that a truck owned by KJM Contractors weighed more than 73 tonnes, which was above its permit limit of 69 tonnes.

The company’s vehicle permit was reduced to the statutory limit of 42.5 tonnes and 4.3 metres in height as a result of the conviction.

KJM's truck was headed to Prominent Hill from Outer Harbor carrying a gearbox when it was intercepted by safety compliance officers at the Stirling North weigh station.

Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) manager Ken Rickard says the convictions should serve as a timely reminder to all operators to follow the rules or face consequences.

"The regulations are there to protect and ensure the safety of everyone," Rickard says.

"By not maintaining the proper compliance standards, this company potentially placed innocent road users’ lives in danger, not to mention that of their own driver."

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