Gay calls for RMS report on speed-limiters


NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has asked the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) for a report on speed-limiter compliance. That, so far, has been his only official request in the wake of the Lennons scandal, his office has confirmed.

By Rob McKay | March 2, 2012

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has asked the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) for a report on speed-limiter compliance.

That, so far, has been his only official request in the wake of the Lennons scandal, his office has confirmed.

A ministerial spokesman has confirmed the Minister’s belief that: ''Speeding infringements for heavy vehicle operators travelling above 120km/h should trigger an immediate investigation into speed limiter compliance."

The report will likely highlight the use on neutral gear on slopes to gather speed while not engaging speed limiters.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that RMS guidelines were used when police determined that Menangle-crash truck driver Vincent George was using neutral the day before the incident, clocking 133 km/h.

He was fined but the speed limiter was not checked at the time, the newspaper says.

Gay’s spokesman could not comment officially on reports that nine other trucking firms were in police and RMS sights under Operation Marshall, though he understood police have a list of 10 companies that have had the greatest number of infringements "over a period of time" and that they may be working off that.

He would not comment on speculation that misbehaving companies might use industry efforts at self-regulation to camouflage bad behaviour.

NSW Police had yet to respond to ATN questions by deadline today.

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