TRAFFIC JAM on South Eastern Freeway
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Government says speeding truck laws 'too harsh'

TOUGH new laws aimed at cracking down on speeding buses and trucks into Adelaide, along a notorious stretch of freeway, will be wound back after the State Government acknowledged they were too harsh.

Cabinet on Monday afternoon approved amendments to soften the penalties for trucks and buses caught speeding on the downtrack of the South Eastern Freeway.

But the proposed new laws will not stop dozens of people having to pay huge fines and losing their license because they had already been caught under the existing laws that will remain in place until the State Government can get the changes through Parliament.

Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll said the State Government would not be scrapping the laws that required bus and truck drivers to slow down on the freeway.

But they would reduce penalties and automatic suspensions.

"The Marshall Government's absolute priority is keeping motorists safe on the South Eastern Freeway," Mr Knoll said.

"We are keeping the same offences which were supported by the Parliament, however will seek to reduce the penalties to better reflect community expectations, particularly around first offences.

"We are confident that we are striking the right balance between keeping motorists safe on the South Eastern Freeway and punishing those doing the wrong thing."

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