Tough truck compliance regime brings down speeding
6 July 2014
Australia's toughest truck compliance regime brings down speeding by more than 90 per cent
Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay today released the latest results on truck compliance and enforcement operations in NSW, which showed a 91 per cent drop in excessive speeding.
Minister Gay said the results confirmed NSW had the toughest and most targeted truck compliance and enforcement regime in Australia.
“NSW is again leading the country and getting results not seen anywhere else in Australia,” Minister Gay said.
“We have the most extensive network in the nation of Heavy Vehicle Checking/Safety Stations, Safe-T-Cams and point-to-point cameras.
“Additionally, we have the largest enforcement and compliance regime in Australia of almost 300 frontline inspectors.
“Our unprecedented crackdown on truck speeding in the past three years, including initiating the speed limiter compliance program with the help of industry and installing point-to-point speed cameras, has delivered impressive results.
“In March 2011, as the NSW Liberals & Nationals came into office, Roads and Maritime Services cameras detected 55,368 heavy vehicle speeding offences.
“By March this year, despite increased enforcement and the installation of more than 20 new point to point cameras for detecting speeding trucks, the offences had dropped to 4,924 – a huge 91 per cent reduction.
"Our intensive program of on-road compliance and enforcement operations has helped make such huge gains.
“Between April 2013 and April 2014, Roads and Maritime vehicle inspectors completed 23 major on-road operations with 40,733 vehicles intercepted for inspection.
“Heavy vehicle operators need to be aware our teams don’t just wait at checking stations, they are out on the road every day of the week – ‘rain, hail or shine’ – making sure trucks are compliant.
“Roads and Maritime carries out joint heavy vehicle operations with NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, as part of its roadside compliance and enforcement activities on NSW roads,” Minister Gay said.
"The intelligence gathering and targeted operations by our safety and compliance unit is also seeing more successful prosecutions in the courts.
“I remind industry operators national Chain of Responsibility laws apply to all parties in the supply chain, who are responsible for preventing offences – from the driver in the truck cab to the executive in the boardroom.
“These laws put the onus on all parties in the supply chain to take proactive steps to prevent breaches of road transport laws.
“As at February 2014, there have been 4,251 Chain of Responsibility charges against responsible parties – 262 in the past year alone.
“These include a record penalty against a Mount Gambier-based heavy vehicle operator for speeding and speed limiter offences.
“This company pleaded guilty to 165 speeding offences and a further speed limiter compliance offence and was fined more than $1.25 million under Chain of Responsibility laws.
“Trucking company South Penrith Sand and Soil and three senior managers were recently fined almost $90,000 for failing to manage fatigue for drivers, including one, who was found to be working 19 hours a day.
"The company, its owner, director and a senior manager were convicted of 40 offences after an investigation, which followed two of its trucks being involved in major crashes in 2010.
"NSW is working to change behaviour across the heavy vehicle industry by leading the way with our comprehensive inspection and enforcement regime.
"This has flow-on effects for the fleet across the eastern seaboard of Australia, with NSW the ‘through-state’ carrying 60 per cent of the nation's road freight task,” Minister Gay said.
- Almost 300 frontline vehicle inspectors in NSW
- 8 heavy vehicle safety stations
- Most extensive point to point camera network (to help detect speeding trucks) and Safe T Cam (to help detect fatigued drivers) network in the county
- Approximately 3 million heavy vehicle screenings (checking stations and on-road) each year - by far and away the highest of any state in Australia
- Approximately 1.4 million inspections each year, including nearly 200,000 weight checks - again, by far and away the most of any state
- Of the $135 million spent on heavy vehicle enforcement and compliant nationally; NSW contributes more than half at $72 million.
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