Com­pany ne hike in SA speed crack­down

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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.

Steve Shearer

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