NHVR and police raid Sunshine Coast transport company

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator says evidence of engine remapping discovered

NHVR and police raid Sunshine Coast transport company
The NHVR says defect notices were issued for the relevant vehicles.


A Sunshine Coast-based transport company is the subject of a Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) compliance investigation, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) reveals.

NHVR inspectors and Queensland Police officers entered the unnamed company’s premises last week.

There they are said to have identified evidence of ‘engine remapping’, which meant emissions controls and speed limiting systems were not operating in accordance with the Australian Design Rules.

Defect notices were issued for the relevant vehicles and a direction has been given to the operator to remedy the issues while investigations are ongoing.

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The national regulator views engine remapping, which allows emissions controls and speed limiters on heavy vehicles to be modified, as a serious offence that put other drivers and road users in danger.

"Emissions controls help to prevent harm to both human health and the environment, while standards are set to control speed of heavy vehicles to reduce the risk to drivers and the public generally," NHVR executive director statutory compliance Ray Hassall says.

"Operating in a compliant way makes our industry safer, levels the playing field and lets us all focus on the important job that truck drivers have to do."

Parties in the chain of responsibility, including operators of heavy vehicles have a duty imposed to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable the safety of their transport activities.

NHVR is continuing to work with the operator to ensure compliance with the ADR and its primary duty under the HVNL.

"Everyone in the supply chain has a responsibility to fulfil their respective duties and make our roads safer for everyone," NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says in a more general comment on industry compliance.

"Whether that’s ensuring loads are properly restrained, vehicles are up to standard or drivers are properly rested – everyone has a part to play.

"The NHVR is here to help you understand your responsibilities.

"Get in touch with one of our staff on the phone, online, at the roadside or at one of our Truck Driver Info Days.

"Don’t wait until something goes wrong to take action."


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