Recent on road blitzes by NSW police and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have revealed a significant trend with speed limiter tampering. And all within supply chains involved should be concerned.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Officers working alongside Roads and Maritime Services officers have downloaded 456 engine control modules, revealing 85 having been tampered with to allow speeds of more than 100km/h.

These statistics come after a paper from the National Transport Commission (NTC) seeking feedback on further initiatives to deter heavy vehicle speeding (see our last Update dated 19 May 2016).

Why should all within supply chains be concerned? Because speeding is one of the areas of transport laws now covered by COR, which means that not only truck drivers and truck operators, but also their customers are responsible for managing speeds.

Some of the measures that should be in place

  • For truck operators, ensuring that
    • speed limiter settings are regularly checked for accuracy
    • Measures are implemented to stop or identify tampering
    • Transit times do not require speeding
    • Adjustments to transit times are made if there are delays at any time (e.g. In loading or road conditions)
  • For customers of truck operators, ensuring that the above are clear expectations and that truck operators engaged directly are accountable for complying with these expectations

RMS General Manager, Mr Paul Endycott, clarified consequences of non-compliance (on top of the risk of loss or life or injuries of course):

“This dangerous and unsafe behaviour will not be tolerated and any individual in the Chain of Responsibility who breaches dimension, load restraint and mass regulations risks fines exceeding $10,000, suspension or cancellation of registration and driver licence,” Endycott says.
Penalties for truck and off road logistics and freight companies are even higher, in excess of $50,000 for each offence.”

The LSS COR System has a section on truck speeding which addresses the above issues. Section 8 of the LSS COR Standard makes these a supply chain requirement and truck operators are required to confirm compliance with these requirements in their self-audit.

For further information on the NSW blitzes: