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Australians are being asked for their opinion on new proposals which aim to reduce heavy vehicle speeding.

New proposals to further deter heavy vehicle speeding

12 May 2016

Australians are being asked for their opinion on new proposals which aim to reduce heavy vehicle speeding.

Chief Executive of the National Transport Commission (NTC) Paul Retter said despite a range of regulatory and speed detection tools being introduced since the 1990s, heavy vehicles were still over-represented in fatal and serious injury crashes.

“Speed is still a major cause of heavy vehicle crashes and while the majority of drivers do the right thing, we need to ensure there are effective deterrents for the few who are determined to break the law,” Mr Retter said.

“We also need to keep making sure off-road parties are held to account for any putting any undue pressure on drivers to speed.

“For these reasons, a number of our stakeholders have asked the NTC to find out if there are further ways that the National Heavy Vehicle National Law can work to deter heavy vehicle drivers from speeding.”

The NTC is seeking feedback on two potential amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law:

  1. an evidentiary provision that deems a speed limiter non-compliant if a vehicle is detected travelling at or above 115 kilometres per hour, and
  2. a power to immediately ground heavy vehicles travelling 15 kilometres per hour or more over posted or default speed limits.

All heavy vehicles over 12 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM) and all buses over 5 tonnes GVM are currently required to be fitted with a speed limiter that is set to 100 kilometres per hour.

Under the first proposal, evidence of a heavy vehicle speeding at or above 115 kilometres per hour will be taken as proof that a speed limiter is non-compliant, and in breach of vehicle standard requirements.

“Currently, it is technically challenging for enforcement officers to demonstrate a speed limiter is defective, and this proposal would make it easier to prosecute those who break the law,” Mr Retter said.

A similar provision is already in place in NSW.

The second proposal would give the power for enforcement officers to temporarily stop heavy vehicles from driving if they are detected travelling at 15 kilometres per hour over the speed limit. This aims to ensure that both the driver and off-road parties are held appropriately responsible for speeding significantly above the limit.

Further details on the proposals are available within the Enforcement Approaches for Speeding Heavy Vehicles Discussion Paper on the NTC website.

Submissions are open until Friday 24 June 2016 and can be made here.

Last Updated: 18/11/2016