Trucks busted in NSW for speed limiter tampering

Issue of tampered speed limiters has re-emerged in New South Wales, with police nabbing two trucks for non-compliant limiters

August 7, 2013

The issue of tampered speed limiters has re-emerged in New South Wales, with police nabbing two trucks within hours of each hour for non-compliant limiters.

Officers from NSW Police’s highway patrol defected a Victorian-registered truck about 8.40am on the Hume Highway on August 5, and then another truck at 11.55am on Burley Griffin Way.

Both trucks were defected and the drivers received infringement and speed limiter compliance notices.

"If trucks are found to have been tampered with, they will be grounded by the roadside with a red defect and the operator contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week," NSW Police Superintendent Stuart Smith says.

"Despite the number of operations we do and the media coverage that results, there are still those operators and drivers that run a very great risk not only for themselves, but other road users."

The truck on Burley Griffin Way was found out after it was involved in an accident. A car attempted to overtake the truck before losing control and crashing at Binalong.

Police looked at the truck driver’s work diary and then discovered the speed limiter breach when they examined the vehicle’s engine control module (ECM).

The Victorian-registered truck was found out at Yass when officers downloaded its ECM data as part of heavy vehicle compliance checks on the Hume Highway.

Smith says it is fortunate fatalities did not result from the incidents.

"Highway patrol officers work closely with Roads and Maritime Service inspectors in downloading engine control systems to determine if speed tampering has occurred," he says.

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