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Industry groups back SA government’s push for hefty ne on freeway descent offenders
TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS industry groups back the South Australian government’s push for heft y fines on South Eastern Freeway descent offenders.
A series of sometimes serious accidents this decade led to a suite of new rules the state government will now put to parliament.
“The massive increase in fines for body corporates is about stopping companies from protecting unsafe drivers,” transport minister Stephen Mullighan says.
The SA Road Transport Association (SARTA), which pushed publically for the speed limit reduction in 2014, and the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) are on board.
SARTA executive officer Steve Shearer notes 640,000 trucks come down the freeway a year “and the vast majority of truck drivers do so safely, but it only takes one truck driver to make bad decisions and come down too fast and kill or injure innocent people.
“These tough new penalties will make that tiny recalcitrant minority think again and comply with the rules and come down the freeway safely.”
SAFC executive officer Evan Knapp feels the same but says it will look carefully at the proposed legislation to ensure drivers avoid victimisation.
The government says the increase in penalties are the latest set of reforms to
“Tough new penalties will make that tiny recalcitrant minority think again and comply with the rules”
be introduced in response to coronial recommendations, some of which were questioned at the time, made after the death of truck driver James Venning and other serious and fatal crashes involving out-of-control trucks on the freeway.
Under the laws, heavy vehicle drivers who do not use low gear or observe the speed limit will automatically lose their licences for at least six months and be fined almost $1000 for a first offence.
For a second offence, an automatic 12-month loss of licence will apply, with a three-year loss of licence for third and subsequent offences.
Courts will have the ability to impose more serious penalties including a 12-month licence disqualification for a first offence and three years for second or subsequent offences as well as imprisonment for up to two years.