The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced that it has started an investigation with South Australia Police into allegations about the remapping of truck engines throughout Australia.
“These are very serious allegations and we are concerned about how widespread this practice may be,” NHVR Director of Investigations Steve Underwood said.
“This operation commenced after police intercepted a number of heavy vehicles in South Australia that were found to have had their engines modified.
“On 15 October 2019, search warrants were executed at a business premises and a private dwelling in Victoria. Information, documents and other evidence obtained from these premises are currently being analysed.
“This investigation involves Police agencies from South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, as well as NHVR investigators from Brisbane and Adelaide and VicRoads officers.
“This level of cooperation speaks to the complexity and seriousness of these allegations.”
Mr Underwood said that engine remapping allows emissions controls and speed limiters on heavy vehicles to be modified, enabling “trucks to exceed the speed limit unimpeded, endangering all other road users”.
Operators, executive officers and companies that modify vehicle engines may encourage drivers to speed in direct contravention of their safety duties under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the NHVR states.
Penalties for these serious criminal offences are up to 5 years’ imprisonment for an individual and up to $3 million in fines for a company.
“This is a timely reminder to all parties in the heavy vehicle supply chain to ensure they take all steps reasonably practicable to ensure they comply with their safety duties to eliminate or minimise public risk,” Mr Underwood said.
The NHVR has appealed for anyone with information concerning the remapping of truck engines to contact the Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line (HVCRL) urgently on 1800 931 785.
The HVCRL’s operating hours are 7am to 4:30pm (AEST) Monday to Friday. Calls are free from any landline in Australia and some mobile providers.
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