Booking Terms and Conditions

1. Dictionary

  • charges” means our quoted charges for services calculated under our rates schedule or other agreed rates, any taxes, duties and the government charges levied on the services and any other amounts under condition 7.3.
  • consumer” means an individual who acquires our services wholly or predominately for personal, domestic or commercial use.
  • contract” means the transport contract between you and us including these conditions.
  • force majeure event” means anything outside our reasonable control, including without limitation, fire, storm, flood, earthquake, explosion, accident, road or rail closures, rail derailment, wharf delays, war, terrorism, sabotage, epidemic, quarantine restriction, labour dispute or shortage, act or omission of any third person or public authority
  • laws” means all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, codes, standards or polices of the Commonwealth of Australia, any state, territory or local authority.
  • PPSA” means the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).
  • services” means the transportation of the cargo.
  • sign or signature” includes a provision in electronic form.
  • subcontractor” means any person who we arrange to provide services for the cargo and any person who is an agent, employee or subcontractor of that person.
  • writing” means any representation of words, figures or symbols capable of being rendered in visible form.
  • us”, “we”, “our” means McPhee Freight Pty Ltd ABN 34 082 020 059 and its related bodies corporate within the meaning of that expression in section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) carrying on business in its own name and under any business name and its officers, employees, agents and subcontractors.
  • “cargo” means motor vehicle/car/bus/truck/motorhome/towable cargo of any type machinery/tractors/forklifts/static items/forkable items and shipping containers, picked up or accepted from you or on your behalf.
  • “you, “your” means the person contracting with us on these conditions.

2. Consumer contract

  • If you are a consumer:
    • a) these conditions do not affect any rights you have under Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth);
    • b) condition 9 (limitations and exclusions of liability) except for conditions 9.3(a)* and 9.3(b)*, does not apply to the contract unless and only to the extent the contract is for the carriage of a vehicle by ship; and
    • c) the laws in force in the place in which the contract is made apply to the contract.
  • *Condition 9.3(a) limits our liability for damage to the cargo unless that damage is noted and signed for.
  • *Condition 9.3(b) is a list of causes of damage or types of damage to the cargo for which we will not be liable

3. What you need to know about us and our services

  • 3.1. We are not a common carrier, do not accept any liability as a common carrier and may refuse to provide services to you or a cargo for any reason.
  • 3.2. We rely on the details supplied by you to us but we do not admit their accuracy or completeness and our signature on the contract or cargo condition report is only an acknowledgement that we have picked up or received the cargo and must be supported by a pre-shipment Survey report from a qualified registered professional cargo surveyor.
  • 3.3. Our services commence when we, or our agent, pick up or accept the cargo, and we earn our charges then.
  • 3.4. We contract as agent and trustee for our employees, agents and subcontractors so they also have the benefit of the contract and these conditions (including any exclusions or limitations of liability we have) to the same extent as us and as if they were parties to it.

4. Dangerous Goods

  • 4.1. You must not tender for services any dangerous goods and you promise that dangerous goods have not been put in the cargo.
  • 4.2. Dangerous goods mean any articles or substances which are, or may become a risk to health, safety property or the environment (but not goods inherently part of the cargo like petrol in the tank or LP gas connected to the cargo).

5. Your promises

  • 5.1. You promise us:
    • a) you are either the owner or the authorised agent of the owner of the cargo and have authority to enter into the contract;
    • b) you have fully and accurately described the cargo and its value; and
    • c) the cargo can be safely handled and transported.

6. What we can do

  • 6.1. We can:
    • a) deliver the cargo at the delivery address supplied by you or your agent and we will be taken to have delivered the cargo if at the delivery address we obtain an acknowledgement of delivery or delivery occurs under 6.2;
    • b) deviate from any usual route or mode of transport to provide the services; and
  • 6.2. If the delivery address is unattended during normal business hours or, if the delivery address is a private address, during the prearranged delivery period, we can, at your expense, return the cargo to our nearest depot which will constitute delivery.
  • 6.3. We can:
    • a) claim a general or particular lien on the cargo for all charges due;
    • b) may under the lien sell the cargo by public auction or private sale to recoup any outstanding
    • c) charges without any notice to you; and
    • d) may set-off or deduct from any payment due to you any charges you owe us.

7. Our charges

  • 7.1. You or the person you nominate must pay our charges: Transport must be paid in full to McPhee Freight before McPhee Freight will deliver the cargo. All online payments are via Stripe secure online gateway.; or
    • b) within thirty (30) days of the date of invoice if you have an account with us.
  • 7.2. You must pay the charges if the person nominated to pay the charges doesn’t do so.
  • 7.3. You must also pay:
    • a) any cleaning charge or cost if cleaning of the cargo is required by a quarantine authority;
    • b) our cost if we are unable to pick up the cargo during normal business hours or, in the case of a private address for pick up, during the prearranged pick up period;
    • c) our cost of returning the cargo to our nearest depot under condition 6.2;
    • d) the cost of storage at $300.00 per day if you fail to collect the cargo from us within 3 days of the agreed collection date, or within 3 days after we notify you the cargo is available for collection, whichever is the later; and
    • e) interest at the rate under the Penalty Interest Rates Act 1983 (Vic) if any charges are not paid on the due date for payment.

8. Our Warranty

  • 8.1. Subject to conditions 8.2 and 8.3, we warrant that the cargo will be delivered to the delivery address in the same condition in which it is picked up or accepted by us.
  • 8.2. If we breach our warranty we will pay you the lesser of:
    • a) the substantiated cost of repairs to the cargo; or
    • b) the fair value of the vehicle as reasonably determined by us, in which case we will own the damaged cargo or the cargo if it is later found.
  • 8.3. Our warranty is subject to the limitations and exclusions of liability in condition 9.3 and is for physical loss or damage only to the cargo.

9. Limitations and Exclusions on our Liability to You

  • 9.1. We make no express warranties except our warranty in condition 8 and exclude from these conditions all conditions, warranties, terms and consumer guarantees to the greatest extent allowed by law, otherwise.
  • 9.2. The cargo is at your risk at all times and we exclude all liability to you or any other person for any loss or damage arising from performance or non performance of the services, and whether in contract, bailment, tort including negligence or breach of statutory duty, unless and to the extent our warranty in condition 8 applies.
  • 9.3. We will not pay for:
    • a) damage to the cargo unless the damage is noted in writing by the consignee on the delivery receipt copy of the contract or cargo condition report and must be supported by a pre-shipment Survey reportfrom a qualified registered professional cargo surveyor;
    • b) pre-existing damage, hail damage, glass and/or windscreen damages, mechanical or electrical damage or derangement, loss or damage to personal property or effects from or within the cargo, road conditions (including stone chip damage), damage to the vehicle due to movement of objects within the cargo, droppings, or a force majeure event; or
    • c) any indirect, special or consequential loss or damage including loss of profits, business or anticipated savings or other economic loss, even if we know they are possible or otherwise foreseeable.
    • d) All warranty claims must be must be made in writing within 24 hours of receiving the vehicle. No claims will be considered outside of this period.

10. Force majeure

  • 10.1. If we cannot carry out an obligation under the contract either in whole or in part because of a force majeure event, then our obligations under the contract will be suspended for the duration of the event or waived to the extent applicable.

11. Other matters which affect the contract

  • 11.1. The laws of Victoria apply to the contract and you must bring any proceedings against us in a Victorian Court.
  • 11.2. If a condition or part of a condition is unenforceable, it must be severed from the contract, and does not make the rest of the contract unenforceable.
  • 11.3. We are not bound by any waiver, discharge or release of a condition or any agreement which changes the contract, unless it is in writing and signed by or for us.
  • 11.4. Conditions 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9 are essential conditions of the contract.

12. Insurance Claims

  • 12.1. In the event of a claim being assessed and approved by our insurer a $750.00 excess payable to Mcphee Freight by claimant applies.

13. WA Quarantine Requirements

  • 13.1. All cargo travelling into WA go through a quarantine process which is a legal requirement. All cargo must be completely clean prior to pick-up. Cargo that require cleaning prior to quarantine inspection will be charged directly to the customer. Further charges may also be applicable for re-assessment.

14. Goods contained in cargo

  • 14.1. Goods in cargo, after market accessories, modified items etc, are not covered under any warranty or insurance.

15. Booking Cancellations

  • Booking cancellations attract a cancellation fee of up to $300. Bookings cancelled within 48 hours of the collection will not be refunded at all. Further charges may also apply for futile collections or cargo deemed as non-operational

16. Fully Operational Cargo

  • All cargo booked as drivable cargo must have steering, brakes, handbrake, battery and wheels/tyres in full working order, all windows and windscreens intact and all seats in place and secured in order for your cargo to be driven on and off the transporter. Please advise McPhee Freight immediately should your cargo not meet any of the above-mentioned requirements or you have any questions relating to this. cargo deemed as non- runners require specialised carriers who utilise tilt trays and winches, so it is vitally important that you advise McPhee Freight immediately should you think your vehicle may be deemed a non-runner.