Authorities target petrol tankers for speed compliance

NSW Police and the RMS put petrol tankers under the microscope after a driver is caught allegedly speeding

April 26, 2013

New South Wales authorities are putting petrol tankers under the microscope after a tanker driver was caught allegedly breaching the mandated 100km/h limit.

NSW Police claims officers detected a petrol tanker on the Olympic Highway on April 24 speeding at Culcairn, prompting police to follow it to a nearby service station to conduct a mechanical inspection and download the vehicle’s engine control module.

NSW Police says the download revealed the speed limiter parameters were not properly set to prevent the truck travelling in excess of 100km/h. The Victorian truck driver was issued with a defect notice.

"As a result of this incident, police – with the assistance of RMS experts – are today conducting compliance inspection audits within the heavy petroleum tanker industry to see if speed tampering is an issue," NSW Police says.

RMS Director Peter Wells says inspectors at the Banksmeadow, Silverwater and Botany heavy vehicle inspection stations will look over tankers and make sure only those which are compliant are allowed back on the road.

"We’re working with NSW Police Force to intercept fuel tankers and inspect this important industry sector more broadly for compliance and vehicle standards to see if speed limiter tampering is an issue," Wells says.

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