A truck heads down the South-Eastern Freeway towards the city. Picture: AAP / Morgan Sette
A truck heads down the South-Eastern Freeway towards the city. Picture: AAP / Morgan Sette

If you were fined before Friday, tough luck

TRUCK and bus drivers caught speeding on a notorious stretch of a South Australian freeway will benefit from softer penalties fast-tracked by the government.

Motorists issued with hefty fines and penalties, before the laws were relaxed on Friday, will be given no reprieve despite a plea from the SA Law Society for leniency.

Law Society President Amy Nikolovski has called for police to not proceed with ongoing prosecutions, and unpaid expiations to be reviewed, for bus and truck drivers that had been caught speeding on the down track on the South-Eastern Freeway before the relaxed penalties come following a State Government backflip.

Police directed questions to Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll, who said the old penalties will stand.

"The new penalties on the SE Freeway will strike the right balance between keeping motorists safe and making sure the penalties are appropriate," Mr Knoll said.

In September the Sunday Mail revealed police had issued more than $3.3 million worth of fines in two months as part of a crackdown on speeding bus and trucks on the road.

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