RMS leans on engine manufacturers

Road authority is asking engine manufacturers to help it enforce compliance with speed limiter requirements in New South Wales

RMS leans on engine manufacturers
RMS leans on engine manufacturers
December 4, 2012

The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is leaning on companies manufacturing and servicing truck engines to help it enforce compliance with speed limiters.

The New South Wales road authority has waged a series of publicised campaigns against the trucking industry this year targeting speeding, and Director Peter Wells says authorities are still detecting evidence of tampering with speed limiters.

"RMS and the NSW Police Force will continue to work together to stamp out this dangerous and potentially life threatening practice," he says.

"We have asked truck engine manufacturers and companies which service and supply the engines to step up and help manage this risk.

"Heavy vehicles detected with a speed limiter which has been tampered with will be grounded and RMS will examine the evidence for a chain of responsibility investigation."

Wells criticised the actions of truck drivers recently caught breaking traffic laws, including one driver who was detected speeding through a school zone while talking on a mobile phone.

He says recent operations in Grafton, Dubbo and Yass detected 18 heavy vehicles which were not speed limiter compliant.

"Tampering with a heavy vehicle speed limiter is a serious offence which attracts penalties in excess of $2000. This behavior is unacceptable and puts other road users in grave danger," Wells says.

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