Investigation launched over suspicion of speed limiter tampering

Trucking operator and driver under the microscope after police claim speed limiter tampering allowed vehicle to travel 132km/h

July 2, 2012

A trucking operator and its driver are under the microscope after police in New South Wales allegedly found evidence of speed limiter tampering.

Police have launched an investigation into the unnamed company and the driver after officers allegedly nabbed a truck travelling 132km/h on the Newell Highway at Boggabilla on June 28.

Officers pulled over the truck just after 7pm and spoke to the 39-year-old male driver.

"The vehicle was inspected where it was discovered the speed limiter had been tampered with to disarm the speed sensors and allow it to travel at excessive speed," a statement from New South Wales Police says.

It is alleged the truck had previously been defected earlier this year and in 2008 for similar speed tampering issues. Furthermore, the driver is accused of making a number of false entries in his work diary.

The truck was defected and grounded by police while investigations were conducted into the alleged speed tampering offences.

"The truck and the company involved will now be the subject of an audit by the joint heavy vehicle task force in order to determine whether or not this is a common practice throughout their fleet," Inspector Phillip Brooks says.

He says officers will continue to work with the Roads and Maritime Services to target speeding heavy vehicles and those who tamper with speed limiters.

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