Tip-off reveals tampered speed limiter

Police responding to call of a speeding B-double on the Pacific Highway find the vehicle with a tampered speed limiter

August 28, 2013

A tip-off from the public has led New South Wales Police to uncovering another case of a truck with a tampered speed limiter.

A motorist phoned police to notify them of a B-double allegedly speeding along the Pacific Highway at Tyndale on August 26. Officers stopped the truck about one hour later when it was travelling north on the Hume Highway.

While inside the truck cabin downloading data from the truck’s engine control module, officers found a generator that had the ability to override the truck’s speed sensor to allow the vehicle to exceed 100km/h.

Police seized the device and also grounded the truck for six hours after the 39-year-old truck driver was found to have breached work diary requirements.
The man was issued infringements for a non-compliant speed limiter and work diary offences.

"It would appear in this incident that the driver fitted this unit himself for the benefit of making the truck go over the 100km/h limit," NSW Police Superintendent Stuart Smith says.

"Another road user was so concerned about this situation that they rang the information through to police, luckily the truck was intercepted. This comes within days of another company being detected for not speed limiting their trucks."

Smith says NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services will now put the driver, his company and the truck under the microscope to determine if there is a need to inspect the company’s entire fleet.

"It’s time for drivers and the industry to take note. Our joint efforts with the Roads and Maritime Service to eradicate this practice of serious non-compliance will not stop," he says.

"While there is a small percentage of the industry involved in this non-compliance, any truck that has been tampered with poses a great safety risk not only to the truck driver but to other road users."

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