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LTA Suspends Heavy Haulage Company’s DG Permit For 12 Months

A heavy haulage company cannot be involved in any carting of Dangerous Goods on Fiji roads for a period of 12 months after the Land Transport Authority found the company
01 Apr 2016 09:00
LTA Suspends Heavy Haulage  Company’s DG Permit For 12 Months
LTA

A heavy haulage company cannot be involved in any carting of Dangerous Goods on Fiji roads for a period of 12 months after the Land Transport Authority found the company guilty of breaching the conditions of the Dangerous Goods (DG) Permit.

LTA’s decision to suspend the permit is based on the fact that the company allowed its truck driver to cart hazardous materials knowing full well that he did not hold a valid DG License.

Under the laws of Fiji, a person can only drive a motor vehicle carrying hazardous material if the person is a holder of a DG License.

This driver almost caused a catastrophic chemical spill in Wainibuka River when the truck which was carrying a consignment of Sodium Cyanide veered off-road at Savuliliwa Wailotua Kings Roads in Wainibuka, crashing into a stream on March 1.The authority has booked the driver for driving a motor vehicle carrying DG without a DG License, and further disciplinary action will be taken on him when he appears in the LTA show cause hearing on April 27.

LTA chief executive officer, Naisa Tuinaceva has explicitly stated that the authority will not condone such irresponsible behaviour and will take harsh action against any company or driver that fails to comply with the law.

“The people at this company have behaved irresponsibly and have put the lives of Fijian people at risk by failing to observe the law – their action is unacceptable and unpardonable,” said Mr Tuinaceva.

“They have been selfish and mean because they chose to ignore the law and only focused on making money for their business. I want everyone who carts DG to know that LTA will not condone such behaviour and anyone found breaking the law will be taken to task.”

Mr. Tuinaceva added that if the chemical had spilled, the effect would have been catastrophic.

“Sodium cyanide is a highly toxic chemical compound, so just imagine what the consequences would have been, had it spilled,” said Mr. Tuinaceva.

“Our country is still recovering from the horrific effects of cyclone Winston and we simply cannot afford to deal with another catastrophe.”

The authority would like to remind the public to respect the laws of the country.

 

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