Speeding incidents prompt police warning


"Rogue element" will not be tolerated, police declare, as batch of trucks caught speeding in NSW

December 3, 2012

New South Wales Police says it will continue to clamp down on the "rogue element" in the trucking industry in the wake of a batch of incidents involving speeding heavy vehicles.

A 35-year-old truck driver was caught on November 29 using his mobile phone while travelling at 63km/h in a 40km/h school zone.

On November 30, officers detected a B-double travelling at 128km/h on the Hume Highway, while two other B-doubles were detected a short time later on the Newell Highway travelling at 27km/h over the speed limit.

All three drivers were fined for exceeding the 100km/h speed limit and having non-compliant speed limiters. The 35-year-old driver was issued infringements for breaking the speed limit by more than 10km/h in a school zone and using a mobile phone while driving in a school zone.

"You cannot excuse speeding in any vehicle, especially not in a heavy truck," Superintendent Stuart Smith says.

"We are willing to work closely with trucking industry leaders who are passionate about truck safety but will not tolerate the small, rogue element who continue to put lives at risk by recklessly neglecting and tampering with their vehicles."

Smith says officers will continue to target all aspects of heavy vehicle compliance, including log book management and load restraint.

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