If the government was serious about road safety it would be finding rail upgrades and mandating more freight on rail.
Speeding trucks to be grounded on the spot in push for tough new road safety law
Yeah, impound a freezer van of prawns or a truck of livestock. It is all talk and will never happen.Common sense would see the truck able complete It's Intended journey and unload, from there It would be serenaded.
As far as I know, there is no legislation that requires all heavy vehicles on Australian roads to be fitted with speed limiters.
Most if not all new trucks (there are still plenty of old unlimited trucks legally operating on the roads) will be fitted with electronic speed limiters from the factory, these systems are not foolproof however, they will not allow a truck to actively accelerate past the speed they are limited to (usually 100km/h, although lower speeds are becoming more common for some of the larger fleets, 90km/h is considered by some experts to be much more benficial from a fuel economy point of view, but I digress) so the vehicle will sit on that limit without going over it, until you travel down a hill. Downhill the truck will exceed the limited speed unless the driver intervenes. For instance, my truck a well maintained 3 year old Volvo, is speed limited to 100km/h, on a long sustained downhill stretch of road I have had it up to 108Km/h, despite the limiter being set at 100km/h. Not an issue when the road in question has a posted speed limit of 110km/h, but in other situations, the driver must use their own abilities to keep the truck from exceeding the posted limit.
Going down hill is never a justifiable excuse for exceeding the posted speed limit.
Regarding the proposed changes to legislation, and their accompanying penalties, the relevant authorites better damn well make sure they have all of their ducks in a line before they start taking peoples livelihoods away, because they haven't always in the past. I have no issue with dodgey operators being held to account, especially if it goes to making the roads safer for everyone else out there, but they can't afford to get it wrong.
The trouble with a lot of this is that giving the Police the power is one thing, but the Police must be groaning when a Court later takes the drivers side.That is the key to the declining standard of living in a quiet enjoyable law abiding community.