Results of tanker campaign prompt visits from NSW authorities

Authorities visit operators and petrol companies after tanker operation uncovers defects and speed limiter tampering

By Brad Gardner | June 21, 2013

Authorities in New South Wales are paying visits to trucking operators and petrol companies after a compliance operation targeted at tanker trucks uncovered defects and evidence of speed limiter tampering.

NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) checked out 39 tankers at the Port Botany, Silverwater and Banksmeadow inspection stations in April and found that five had their speed limiters tampered with.

Minister for Police Michael Gallacher says 24 other vehicle defects were identified and four penalty notices were issued. He says further action is being taken against those suspected of tampering with speed limiters.

"Police and Roads and Maritime Services are undertaking some follow-up work with the petrol companies and their transport operators to improve road safety awareness among drivers and operators," he says.

"The volatile nature of petrol tanker cargo means that tanker drivers carry an extra burden of responsibility when using our roads."

The compliance operation against tankers was launched after one was caught exceeding 100km/h on April 24. Police found evidence of speed limiter tampering and then called in the RMS to begin a joint campaign.

Gallacher says the tankers’ engine control modules were downloaded to identify if speed limiters had been fiddled with.

"The information obtained by officers involved in these operations was shared with police and road agencies in other states and territories as part of Operation Austrans, which was also held recently," he says.

Involving police across Australia and New Zealand, Austrans is an annual operation focusing on heavy vehicle compliance. It runs throughout May and June.

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