SA company owner faces court for HVNL breach

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has prosecuted the owner of a South Australian transport company for possessing speed limiter tampering equipment.

South Australia Police (SAPOL) Heavy Vehicle Investigation Section conducted an investigation at the company’s Mid-North premises in August 2020 and located a laptop installed with tampering software, as well as connecting plugs.

The company owner initially declined to answer questions about the device but pleaded guilty to possessing a speed limiter tampering device when he appeared at Adelaide Magistrates Court earlier this month.

Speed limiters ensure that specified trucks over 12-15 tonnes cannot travel above the national 100km/h limit for such vehicles.

NHVR Executive Director of Statutory Compliance, Ray Hassall, said speed limiter tampering was a serious offence.

“Speed limits exist to reduce collisions and protect road users,” said Hassall.

“The NHVR and SAPOL regard speed limiter tampering as a serious public safety offence and we won’t hesitate to prosecute operators who ignore the law.”

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) it is an offence to possess a speed limiter tampering device without a reasonable excuse.

The NHVR will request the tampering device is forfeited at a further hearing at Adelaide Magistrates’ Court on 23 April.