The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has started a new campaign centred around illegal speed limiter tampering.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says speed is a major contributing factor in road deaths and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles.
“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.”
The NHVR is also encouraging any drivers who believe they are driving a tampered truck to report it.
“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.”
As part of the campaign, the NHVR is running a series of advertisements on billboards, in various publications and via social media.
More information about the risks and penalties for speed limiter tampering can be found here.