An education campaign from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) exposes the safety risks caused by illegal speed limiter tampering.
NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the latest campaign aimed to prevent speeding before the foot touched the accelerator pedal.
“Speed is a major contributing factor in road deaths and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles,” said Petroccitto.
“In the past year, 70 per cent of fatalities involving articulated trucks occurred in speed zones of 100km/h or above.
“Tampering with a heavy vehicle’s speed limiter to increase speed capacity not only poses safety risks to the driver and other road users, but it is illegal.
“I encourage drivers who believe they are driving a tampered truck to report it through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line on 1800 931 785.
“It is also essential that supply chain parties are doing their bit and not adding time pressure on the transport industry to meet unrealistic deadlines.
“The NHVR’s highest priority is safety, and we’ll continue to work with the industry to ensure we’re all doing our part to tackle illegal remapping and make Australia’s roads safe for everyone.”
The NHVR is running a series of speed limiter tampering campaign messages across outdoor advertising, publications and via social media.