Sunshine Coast operator on notice after engine tampering

A Sunshine Coast transport company has been issued with an Improvement Notice by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) after an investigation uncovered evidence of engine tampering.

A joint investigation between NHVR and Queensland Police Service officers confirmed that the emissions control system on one of the unnamed company’s trucks had been switched off, while the control system on a second vehicle had been ‘remapped’ to allow increased emissions.

NHVR Executive Director Statutory Compliance Ray Hassall said tampering with an engine control unit (ECU) was a serious breach of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

“Engine remapping is a serious offence and a direct threat to public health, safety and the environment,” Hassall said.

“The Improvement Notice compels the operator to have the remainder of its fleet checked by inspectors authorised to examine specific engine makes and models.

“The operator is now fully aware of the need to comply with the HVNL and of its responsibilities to drivers, the community and the environment.

“We’ll continue to work with the operator to ensure compliance with the notice and any further directions.”

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