ASET Services fined $20,000

THE Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has welcomed a conviction in Adelaide Magistrates Court against ASET Services for severe heavy vehicle mass and dimension breaches.

ASET Services was handed a $20,000 fine, costs and Victims of Crime levy after pleading guilty to four significant breaches in relation to one of its vehicles.

The charges were excess height of the vehicle and load over the statutory limit of 4.30 metres by 0.35 metres; Excess width over the statutory limit of 2.50 metres by 1 metre; Excess length of vehicle and load over the statutory limit of 19 metres by 4.85 metres; and Excess mass of the tri-axle group over the statutory limit of 20 tonnes by 3 tonnes.

The Court heard that on March 3, 2011, an ASET Services truck was driven into the Ceduna vehicle checking station on the Eyre Hwy.

A DPTI transport safety compliance officer found the truck over mass and over dimensional.

The driver of the rig was unable to produce a permit to cover the oversized heavy vehicle, being driven from WA to Victoria.

DPTI director for safety and regulation Trent Rusby said the conviction was a timely reminder for all heavy vehicle operators to follow the rules or face the consequences.

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