The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has urged heavy vehicle drivers to take extra care when using Adelaide’s South Eastern Freeway ahead of Fatality Free Friday.
Two recent incidents on Adelaide’s South Eastern Freeway has prompted the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to caution truck drivers using the downhill stretch of road.
Heavy vehicle operators have been urged to be vigilant about safety on the long descent into Adelaide.
Under South Australian road laws drivers on this stretch of freeway are required to use a gear that is low enough to enable the vehicle to be driven safely without the use of a primary brake and not drive at a speed in excess of the relevant speed limit.
NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the NHVR drivers need to be mindful of their own road safety and that of others particularly when carrying heavy loads.
“It’s a timely reminder for those who use this road regularly to take care and reinforce the Fatality Free Friday message – always be fit to drive, stay focused on the road, scan the road ahead, keep a safe distance and drive to suit the conditions,” he said in a statement.
“If heavy vehicle drivers are unfamiliar with this stretch of road, we recommend they take the time to drive it in a light vehicle beforehand or check out one of the video or simulator resources available,” said Salvati.
Major pavement rehabilitation works have been ongoing on the South Eastern Freeway.
Speed restrictions on the busy arterial have applied in stages this year to accommodate works on the newly resurfaced sections.