Banned truckie faces court over asbestos dumping


Truck driver who tried to dodge inspection station now faces jail time after allegedly illegally dumping asbestos

June 6, 2013

The driver of an unroadworthy tipper truck who tried to dodge an inspection station is now facing the prospect of a significant fine and imprisonment for allegedly illegally dumping asbestos.

The 60-year-old man caught the attention of New South Wales Police when he pulled into a caravan park to avoid an inspection station at Wilberforce, about 60 minutes north-west of Sydney, on June 4.

Officers stopped the man and began inspecting the truck, discovering several bald tyres and major oil leaks. NSW Police also alleges the man was not carrying a work diary and was not authorised to drive in the State after having his privileges withdrawn in April.

During their inspection, police allegedly found evidence the truck had been used in the transportation of asbestos.

"Subsequent investigations led police, with the assistance of Hawkesbury City Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority, to a private property in East Kurrajong where they discovered up to 10 tonnes of asbestos contaminated building waste had been illegally dumped," a statement from NSW Police says.

"Hawkesbury City Council compliance officers have issued a verbal clean up direction which will be confirmed in writing with a $5,000 fine and clean-up directions under the Protection of Environment and Operations Act. The man will then have seven days to remove the contaminated building waste and dispose of it by lawful means."

Illegal dumping of waste carries fines between $750 and $1,000,000 and imprisonment of up to seven years. NSW Police says the man will be issued with a court attendance notice for work diary offences and the possession of number plates without authority. He is expected to appear in court on July 17.


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