An Australian trucking company has been fined $1.3 million dollars due to a 2012 accident that killed 3 people. A couple and their son all lost their life over 2.5 years ago and justice is finally be served. A truck driver on Methadone and lacking sleep truck slammed his truck into their sedan in January 2012. Vincent Samuel George, the truck driver, was found guilty earlier this year of three counts of manslaughter following the triple fatality on a southwest Sydney highway.
George was driving for a company called Zaens Pty Ltd, which trades as Lennons Transport.
Blood samples revealed the 34-year-old truck driver had methadone in his system. George was said to had veered onto the wrong side of the Hume Highway near Menangle and crashed into the Logans’ car. George is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
The Australian trucking company and director Anthony Lennon were charged with over 200 speeding offenses committed between February 2011 and March 2012. After pleading guilty, Zaens and Lennon were ordered to pay the more than $1.3 million fine in the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday.
Magistrate Lisa Stapleton found apart from an induction process, Zaens did not make management responsible for speed compliance. In her statement, she said Lennon admitted to the fact that drivers did not always tell the company about their speeding offences. Even do, Lennon is being held responsible. She did make the remark, “That is not surprising.”
The $1.3 million dollar fine is said to be the largest trucking fine eve. Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the penalty was the biggest in NSW history against a trucking company under Chain of Responsibility legislation. “This is a terrible tragedy, there are no winners here, but I hope this decision by the court today brings some small comfort to the Logan family after their tragic loss,” Mr Gay said.