Speed limiter tampering conviction for SA transport director


SAPOL probe last year uncovered software and connecting plugs

Speed limiter tampering conviction for SA transport director
The NHVR prosecuted the company boss after initial SAPOL investigations

A South Australian transport company owner has pleaded guilty to possessing speed limiter tampering equipment, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) reports.

The owner was prosecuted by the NHVR after South Australia Police (SAPOL) Heavy Vehicle Investigation Section conducted an investigation at the company’s Mid-North premises in August 2020.

SAPOL located a laptop installed with tampering software, as well as connecting plugs.

The company owner initially declined to answer questions about the device, but pleaded guilty to possessing a speed limiter tampering device when he appeared at Adelaide Magistrates Court earlier this month, the regulator notes.

It has not yet named the party involved.

The NHVR will request the tampering device is forfeited at a further hearing at Adelaide Magistrates’ Court on April 23.


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Speed limiters ensure that specified trucks over 12-15 tonnes cannot travel above the national 100km/h limit for such vehicles.

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) it is an offence to possess a speed limiter tampering device without a reasonable excuse.

NHVR executive director of statutory compliance Ray Hassall says speed limiter tampering is a serious offence.

"Speed limits exist to reduce collisions and protect road users," Hassall says.

"The NHVR and SAPOL regard speed limiter tampering as a serious public safety offence and we won’t hesitate to prosecute operators who ignore the law."

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