The NZ Transport Agency is prosecuting Daily Freight (1994) Limited for alleged breaches of the Railways Act 2005, following an investigation into an incident in Auckland on 25 January 2018 involving runaway rail wagons which the Transport Agency believes resulted in potential risks to rail safety.
It has charged Daily Freight (1994) Limited with five charges alleging breaches of the Railways Act 2005. The charges were filed in Auckland District Court.
The charges relate to alleged failures relating to compliance with the company’s safety case, compliance with the terms of its licence, and alleged failures relating to training, supervision and notification requirements.
These are the first charges brought under the Railways Act 2005.
As the matter is now before the Court the NZ Transport Agency will not be commenting further.
Note to editors:
The NZ Transport Agency has primary regulatory responsibility for rail safety in New Zealand.
The Rail Safety team is tasked with assuring stakeholders and the public that the country's rail networks are being managed safely. This is achieved through regulation of the rail industry in accordance with the Railways Act 2005(external link)