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Speed tampering tops police concerns during Operation Logan

Checks on 80 speed limiters found 10 failed standard tests


The issue of speed tampering in the heavy vehicle industry continues to cause concern among authorities in New South Wales after evidence of the practice was uncovered during Operation Logan.

NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have joined forces for Operation Logan, a three-day compliance operation from April 1 to 3 targeted at trucks travelling on major highways in northern NSW.

Up to yesterday, both agencies had inspected almost 1,000 trucks and trailers, resulting in 88 defect notices being issued for faulty brakes, tyres, suspension and ancillary equipment.

Checks on 80 speed limiters found 10 failed standard tests.

“Despite recent efforts by the joint heavy vehicle taskforce, trucks continue to be identified for speed tampering,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith says.

“With speed being the major contributing factor in fatal crashes in NSW, this is irresponsible behaviour by those drivers.”

Smith says police will now work with the RMS to audit the fleets of the trucks detected with faulty speed limiters.

RMS Director of Safety and Compliance Peter Wells says the majority of trucking operators are trying to do the right thing.

“However, there are some serious problems and wherever it is warranted, we will look to press chain of responsibility charges against operators and other parties in the supply chain from the top down, including company directors,” he says.

“We will target companies whose business practices and lack of preventative safety measures lead to dangerous practices.”

Police are also performing drug tests as part of Operation Logan. Of the 152 tests performed up to noon of April 2, seven drivers returned a positive result. All truck drivers randomly breath tested have passed.

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