NSW Roads and Ports Minister, Duncan Gay has announced that trucks caught travelling at more than 115 km/hr will be grounded.
The decision follows a number of police investigations into speed limiter issues and a lot of media attention and community concern surrounding the issue.
Heavy trucks are actually required by law to travel at less than 100 km/hr on the flat, so the any driver travelling at 115 km/hr is breaking the law by a significant margin.
The announcement has been welcomed by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), one of the peak bodies in the transport services and logistics sectors.
The ATA has long called for such a law. Their position has been that any professional truck driver travelling at such a speed must be driving a vehicle with a defective speedometer. Therefore, such trucks need to be taken off the road until the defect is repaired.
“The ATA is pleased to see that our call for action on these speeding trucks is being heeded, and would like to congratulate Mr Gay on prioritising the safety of all those who use the roads,” Stuart St Clair, ATA chief executive said.
In a statement, he pointed out that most people involved in transport services and specifically most truck drivers are hard-working professionals who obey the law and are aware of the importance of road safety.
However, he pointed out, there a few drivers and organisations in the transport services sector who don’t follow the law as closely as they should. However, St Clair also added a proviso - “.....whilst it is important to ground those trucks and drivers immediately, it is also vital that the freight not be held up, particularly if it is perishable. As a result, the defect notice should only apply to the prime mover and not the trailer.”
Members of the Australian Trucking Association include state and sector trucking associations, major logistics companies and operators and suppliers with leading expertise in truck technology.