The employer of a methadone-affected truck driver who killed
a family of three in Sydney's southwest has been slapped with
the biggest fine in Australian transport history.
Calvyn Logan and his 81-year-old parents Donald and Patricia
were killed when a drug-affected, sleep-deprived truck driver
slammed his B-double into their sedan in January 2012.
Vincent Samuel George was found guilty earlier this year of
three counts of manslaughter following the triple fatality on
a southwest Sydney highway.
George was driving for company Zaens Pty Ltd, which trades as
Blood samples revealed the 34-year-old had methadone in his
system when he veered onto the wrong side of the Hume Highway
near Menangle and crashed into the Logans' car.
The trucking company and director Anthony Lennon were charged
over almost 200 speeding offences 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
In her judgment, she said Lennon admitted drivers did not
always tell the company about their speeding offences.
"That is not surprising," she wrote.
Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the penalty was the biggest in
NSW history against a trucking company under Chain of
"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
George will be sentenced in September.