Logistics firm faces heaviest fine for fallen container

The Land Transport Department on Thursday (Dec 28) imposed the heaviest fine on a logistics company after a container fell off its trailer and landed on a car in Nonthaburi province.

Sanith Phromwong, the director-general of the department, said the operator of the  company Damrongsak Transport was fined 100,000 baht for two offences after transport officials found the twist locks of the shipping container were broken.

He said the operator of the company was fined 50,000 baht for having damaged equipment or equipment in poor condition in use resulting in the container coming loose and dropping off on a sedan on Dec 27, injuring the sedan driver.

Another 50,000 baht fine was for not supervising the truck driver to abide by the transport law relevant to safety in securing the container in place, Mr Sanith said.

He said the transport officials suspended the Type 3 driving license of the truck driver Vises Nakornchai, and fined him 5,000 baht.

The department also revoked the registration of the truck and it’s trailer indefinitely.

Moreover, the operator of the logistics service was also ordered to drive all the trucks and trailers to the transport offices for safety recheck before they will be allowed to run on the roads again.

Following the incident, Mr Sanith said all transport offices were ordered to tighten stricter check of all trucks and trailers to ensure that all equipment used to secure shipping containers to the trailers are in good condition.

Besides, he added the department is amending regulations that will require logistics companies to have alarming or alerting system to warn motorists following behind in case the shipping containers on the trailers are not securely locked, or are loosened.