Improvement notice follows NHVR Sunshine Coast raid


Emissions control and 'remapping' at core of investigation

Improvement notice follows NHVR Sunshine Coast raid
A Sunshine Coast company has been hit with an improvement notice

 

A National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) investigation into a Sunshine Coast operator has produced evidence of engine tampering.

The unnamed company is now subject to an improvement notice.

A joint investigation between NHVR and Queensland Police Service officers confirmed the emissions control system on one of the company’s trucks had been switched off, while the control system on a second vehicle had been ‘remapped’ to allow increased emissions, the regulator explains.

The parties entered the unnamed company’s premises earlier in the month.


How the NHVR announced its investigation, here


NHVR executive director statutory compliance Ray Hassall says tampering with an engine control unit (ECU) is a serious breach of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

"Engine remapping is a serious offence and a direct threat to public health, safety and the environment," Hassall says.

"The Improvement Notice compels the operator to have the remainder of its fleet checked by inspectors authorised to examine specific engine makes and models.

"The operator is now fully aware of the need to comply with the HVNL and of its responsibilities to drivers, the community and the environment.

"We’ll continue to work with the operator to ensure compliance with the notice and any further directions."

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