Truck defected, inspected after driver caught speeding

Authorities defect a truck and inspect it for speed limiter tampering after driver is caught travelling 124km/h in 100km/h zone

May 22, 2012

NSW authorities have defected a truck and will inspect it for signs of speed limiter tampering after it was detected travelling 24km/h over the speed limit.

A 38-year-old Queensland truck driver was caught travelling 124km/h on the Pacific Highway at 12.02am on May 21.

NSW Police issued an infringement notice before defecting it and says the vehicle will undergo a speed limiter check later this week.

Superintendent Stuart Smith says police will continue to target truck drivers who fail to comply with the rules of the road.

"There is absolutely no place on NSW roads for truck drivers who do not obey speed limits and we will continue to stop and charge those drivers who choose to break the law," he says.

Authorities have come down hard on the industry following a triple-fatal crash on the Hume Highway involving a heavy vehicle in January. It has laid charges against Lennons Transport, Scott’s of Mt Gambier, Fred’s Interstate Transport and Damorange for alleged breaches of road laws.

The NSW Government has repeatedly warned the trucking industry it will not tolerate heavy vehicle offenders.

"For the rogue minority of the industry who are tampering with speed limiters, they will be caught, their trucks will be grounded and they will be subjected to severe fines and penalties," Roads Minister Duncan Gay says.

"For those in the supply chain who think we’re just targeting owners and drivers – don’t bet on it. If you are placing unrealistic time pressures on your carriers and this directly leads to accidents or breaches of the road rules – including fatigue laws – we will pursue you under national chain of responsibility laws."

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