Significant reduction in number of heavy vehicle speeding offences

Latest figures released by the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and NSW Police show a 79 per cent fall in the past year in number of heavy vehicles detected speeding at more than 105km/h.

“This is a fantastic result and shows what can be achieved with the combined efforts of strong commitment, enforcement, education and technology,” said Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay.
“It is only with all segments of the industry working together we could have achieved such a positive result for our community.”

“What you are witnessing here is a significant change in industry practice which is very good news. I encourage all of you to keep up this good work and to spread the message – speeding is deadly,” Police Minister Mike Gallacher said.

Operations Commander of the NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said their joint heavy vehicle operations with RMS were having the desired effect.
“Last year, the NSW Police and RMS Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce conducted thorough inspections of more than 2,600 heavy vehicles, resulting in 93 trucks being grounded for having non-compliant speed limiters,” Supertindent Smith said.

Superintendent Smith added that despite the reduction in the number of heavy vehicles caught speeding in 2012 police and RMS will continue to conduct large scale trucking operations in 2013.
“When it comes to heavy vehicles, there is very little room for error.

“Rest assured, police will continue to work closely with trucking industry leaders who are passionate about road safety, however we will not tolerate the small, rogue element who continue to put lives at risk by speeding and recklessly tampering with their vehicles,” Superintendent Smith said.

“We acknowledge heavy vehicle drivers are at fault in only about 40 per cent of crashes in which they are involved but the risk of fatality in these crashes is very high. By ensuring the vast majority of heavy vehicles are travelling at the speed limit, the severity of those crashes is reduced. We want to make speeding for trucks on our roads as socially unacceptable as drink driving and so rare as to be exceptional,” Mr Gay said.

“The message is simple – as the vast majority of people are now complying, the rate of enforcement has more than doubled and time is running out for the rogue heavy vehicle drivers who still think it’s OK to speed. It’s not – our attention will now turn to targeting those individuals and trucking companies who aren’t getting the message.”

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