NHVR nails engine remapping and limiter charges

SA produce firm gets $35,000 penalty in total; operator cops $1,200

NHVR nails engine remapping and limiter charges
NHVR inspectors



Two South Australian operators were fined after National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) charged them with illegal engine remapping offences.

An investigation conducted by South Australia Police (SAPol) Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Unit (HVEU) found a South Australian produce company had ‘remapped’ the engines of four heavy vehicles to disable the vehicles’ emission limits, the NHVR reports.

The operator pleaded guilty to four charges of tampering with an emission control system fitted to a heavy vehicle and was fined $3,000. There was also a requirement to spend more than $32,000 to fix the compliance issues.

Read about a similar NHVR prosecution in SA, here

A further SAPol HVEU investigation found software and electronic equipment associated with speed limiter tampering at a South Australian transport company’s office.

The operator pleaded guilty to possessing a device designed or adapted to enable speed limiter tampering was fined $1,200, and was required to forfeit the equipment.

NHVR executive director statutory compliance Ray Hassall said the NHVR was working collaboratively with the heavy vehicle industry to remove engine remapping and improve safety.

"We’re currently undertaking an education campaign to highlight the harmful effects engine remapping can have on heavy vehicle drivers and logistics workers, as well as communities and the environment," Hassall said.

"By ensuring all engines are compliant with current regulations, the transport industry can better protect the health and safety of truck drivers, the supply chain, and the general community.

"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."

More NHVR information on illegal engine remapping can be found here.


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