New top highway cop warns on speeding

Speeding on NSW regional roads and arterials to remain a focus after two drivers fall foul of patrols at Holbrook and Bywong

December 19, 2012

Efforts of New South Wales authorities to instil some discipline in sections of the trucking industry will continue, one of the state’s senior Traffic and Highway Patrol (THWP) officers warns.

At the same time as Roads and Port Minister Duncan Gay was flagging continuing compliance efforts around Port Botany, the state’s new top highway policeman was also talking about "rogue" elements on the highways.

Superintendent Robert Ryan, who was appointed last week to the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command (THWP) as State Highway Patrol Commander, will be responsible for overseeing the THWP’s six primary regions – Northern, Southern, Western, Central Metropolitan, North West Metropolitan and South West Metropolitan.

In this role, Ryan says he
will be working hard to improve the safety of regional and rural roads.

"We cannot and will not tolerate speeding on NSW roads, especially not by heavy vehicles," he adds.

"All too often we witness the shocking tragedy one speeding truck can cause.

"Truckies need to be made of aware that tampering with their speed limiter and breaking the speed limit can have life-changing consequences.

"Not only could you lose your licence and job, you could end up dead or in jail."

The warning comes as THWP officers on Monday grounded two trucks for exceeding the state-wide truck speed limit of 100kmh.

About 11.05pm, THWP officers from Albury detected a northbound B-double truck travelling at 127km/h on the Hume Highway at Holbrook.

Police stopped the truck and informed Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) who defected and grounded the vehicle.

The driver was issued with a traffic infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20kmh – a penalty which carries four demerit points and a $521 fine – and a defect notice for not having a compliant speed limiter.

Earlier in the day, officers from Queanbeyan detected a truck travelling at 116kmh on the Federal Highway at Bywong.

Officers stopped and grounded the truck, which will be subject to an inspection from RMS officers.

The driver was booked for exceeding the speed limit by more than 10kmh – a penalty which carries three demerit points and a $417 fine.

He was also issued a defect notice for having a non-compliant speed limiter.

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