Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Speeding and speed

A couple of weeks ago in one of my posts about the trucking industry I said:

"We should be astonished when something that's common knowledge is completely unknown to the authorities.

Sadly we're not at all surprised because it's par for the course.

What's known to the public is a complete mystery to those who should be in control of it.

I bring it up now because in the continuing operation against criminally dangerous trucking practices, the NSW operations commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said  "It has become obvious that safety breaches are more widespread than initially suspected.''

Not more widespread than the general driving public knows it to be though, commander. It's common knowlege down here in the real world. It's a surprise only to the authorities which are supposed to keep our roads safe.

In the latest operation police targeted two companies, Fred's Interstate Transport and Damorange, after trucks in their fleets had been caught speeding. Police say the speed limiter of the trucks had been tampered with, allowing them to exceed the 100 kph legal limit.

Forty-one trucks were inspected, with eleven revealing ''serious issues'' which included tampering with speed limiters and electronic control units plus cracks to brake air chambers.

That's a quarter of the trucks with serious issues.

Separately, during the day police also randomly checked twenty-five truck drivers for drug use. Two tested positive.

That's eight percent of drivers.

Summary: a quarter of trucks and one in twelve drivers tested are not only breaking the law, they're a potentially fatal danger to the rest of us.

By the way, to give some context, a B-double truck of Fred's Interstate Transport was caught travelling at 130 kph while carrying 65 tonnes of beer. That would have taken some stopping in an emergency.

Sydney Morning Herald has the story here

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