NEW South Wales Police and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) are conducting compliance checks on petrol tankers checking for speed limiter tampering as part of 'Operation Go Slow'.
About 5.40pm on Wednesday April 24, police attached to Holbrook Hwy Patrol were travelling south along the Olympic Hwy, Culcairn, when they detected a petrol tanker allegedly travelling above 100km/h.
Police followed the vehicle into a nearby service station where a mechanical inspection and an engine control module (ECM) download was conducted. The download revealed the speed limiter parameters were not properly set to prevent the truck travelling in excess of 100km/h.
Police issued the 57-year-old driver from Wodonga, Victoria, with a defect notice to have the speed limiter parameters set correctly.
As a result of this incident, police - with the assistance of RMS experts - are today conducting compliance inspection audits within the heavy petroleum tanker industry to see if speed tampering is an issue.
Peter Wells, RMS Director, said the implications for the tanker drivers and other road users in the event of a crash are very serious indeed.
"We're working with NSW Police Force to intercept fuel tankers and inspect this important industry sector more broadly for compliance and vehicle standards to see if speed limiter tampering is an issue," Mr Wells said.
"Our inspectors at the Banksmeadow, Silverwater and Botany heavy vehicle inspection stations will ensure that after an inspection only those trucks which meet the correct standards will be allowed back on the roads."