NHVR details Lindsay enforceable undertaking

Lindsay Transport enters $750,000 program to improve safety systems

NHVR details Lindsay enforceable undertaking
Belinda Hughes

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has provided detail of the enforceable undertaking Lindsay Transport agreed to this month

Lindsay Transport will see some $750,000 contributed towards implementing safety training and chain of responsibility education across the Lindsay group of companies.

The EU stems from an NHVR investigation into Lindsay Transport’s safety policies and procedures, following the death of driver John Bolton on the Logan Motorway in Queensland in November 2018.

Lindsay Transport was charged with three category 2 offences, for creating risk of illness, injury, or death contrary to the requirements of the primary safety duty provisions of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). 

After charges were laid in Coffs Harbour Local Court, Lindsay Transport applied to the NHVR to approve an EU as an alternative to the court proceedings. 

Read how Lindsay revealed the EU had been agreed, here

"The EU requires Lindsay Transport to spend almost $750,000 across two years to implement safety strategies that will ensure all practical steps are taken to prevent any further loss of life, and future public risks are effectively mitigated," the national regulator states.

"The NHVR will review evidence submitted by Lindsay Transport and monitor the company’s compliance of the agreed activities, to avoid further legal action."

About $400,000 of the EU will fund the development of a web-based driver education platform that will host training on safety topics such as drivers’ fitness for duty, returning to work after illnesses, and key risks relating to fatigue, speed, and vehicle mass.

The platform will be made available to the transport industry without charge.

The remaining funds will go towards a training program focused on fitness to drive, scheduling and fatigue for Lindsay Transport’s staff, a review the company’s safety policies, procedures, and practices.

A $125,000 donation will be made to fund research into health issues facing long-haul drivers.

A focus of the strategies will look at better identifying and helping drivers with sleep apnoea and fatigue-related medical conditions.

NHVR director of prosecutions Belinda Hughes asserted the EU would achieve safety improvements for the heavy vehicle industry and wider supply chain, helping to reduce the chance of a similar tragedy occurring on our roads. 

"We believe this death could and should have been avoided," Hughes said.

"We consulted with Mr Bolton’s family who expressed their support to accept Lindsay’s EU proposal, given it will deliver activities that directly address the risk that caused this incident, compared to a prosecution where the only penalty available was a fine."

In his reasoning for accepting the EU, NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that, "on balance" it was "an appropriate enforcement option which will meet community expectatons" and one that offered the "oppontunity forlasting organisational change within Lindsay and to the wider Transport industry".

Details of the EU can be found here.


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