Speeding trucks to be grounded on the spot in push for tough new road safety law

 
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  prwise Locomotive Driver

....... [SNIP]  Where I work in the mine all the vehicle are speed governed by GPS.   Argue all you like, rules are rules and the device lets you know if you are doing wrong and time to correct your actions.  A lot of people hate the system but in time things settle down to normal.  Consequently the maintenance of the light vehicles went down by 40% too.
skitz
On the docks all container straddle carriers are fitted with GPS (only way you know where the boxes are). The strads get knocked around pretty bad so we fitted accelerometers to each leg to see where they were hitting things with a view to changing yard layout to improve things.  But what it ended up showing was that if you were a female driver you just didn't hit things. Period.  Wharfies claimed they were being spied on and we had to take them off.

The robots at Fish Island (Brisbane) looked brand new after 2 years operation. Not a single scratch to the paintwork. We had new ones in Melbourne (EAst Swanson) and they looked like they had been used as dodgem cars after only a couple of months.

Yep - can see how maint costs would reduce once there is nowhere to hide

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  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
....... [SNIP]  Where I work in the mine all the vehicle are speed governed by GPS.   Argue all you like, rules are rules and the device lets you know if you are doing wrong and time to correct your actions.  A lot of people hate the system but in time things settle down to normal.  Consequently the maintenance of the light vehicles went down by 40% too.
On the docks all container straddle carriers are fitted with GPS (only way you know where the boxes are). The strads get knocked around pretty bad so we fitted accelerometers to each leg to see where they were hitting things with a view to changing yard layout to improve things.  But what it ended up showing was that if you were a female driver you just didn't hit things. Period.  Wharfies claimed they were being spied on and we had to take them off.

The robots at Fish Island (Brisbane) looked brand new after 2 years operation. Not a single scratch to the paintwork. We had new ones in Melbourne (EAst Swanson) and they looked like they had been used as dodgem cars after only a couple of months.

Yep - can see how maint costs would reduce once there is nowhere to hide
prwise
A similar system was implemented in the GDF Suez work cars.... a few months later the maintenance bills were a fair bit smaller once the people using them got a hiding.
  BigTrain2015 Junior Train Controller

I idea that a customers cargo could be ruined (and I don't believe that for a moment) if a driver is pulled over for speeding and the truck is impounded is perfect to ensure customers choose an environmentally friendly and safe way to transport goods.  If a customer has spoiled goods they are less likely to use that trucking company.

As for JIT freight this is bull to the extreme as much freight is not time senstive the only reason for speeding is to get the load off and get the next one to make money.
  tazzer96 Deputy Commissioner

Something like this should be set up nation wide.  If teenagers doing burnouts on quiet streets get their cars impounded, then it should be the same for trucks.  Maybe don't suspend the truck and driver immediately.  Give them 24 hours to surrender the truck and any trailers to the government.  Allow the driver to operate under a provisional licence until that time.   If this doesn't happen, stack on the huge fines to the driver and trucking company.  

At least this way the driver can deliver, or organise to deliver the goods, and allow the truck to the parked in a safe and secure location.  This also gives the trucking company time to organise another truck for any subsequent work so other parties don't get affected too badly.

A lottruckies are good, but so many drive a truck as if they would a mazda 2.  ANd its always someone else's fault if their in a crash.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Kids hooning is a large problem, speeding trucks aren't.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Kids hooning is a large problem, speeding trucks aren't.
ZH836301
Waaaay back when they panicked about Turbo cars, it turned out it wasn't the Turbo that was the major problem with VL Commodores, it was being a RWD Commodore.

It's amusing to still see 80% of P plater accidents being Commodore/Falcon based.

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