Clarification on new legislation and penalties for heavy vehicle drivers from May 1

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We have previously advised members that we would be seeking clarification and changes to the legislation and new penalties for drivers of heavy vehicles on the South Eastern Freeway, particularly regarding the use of a primary brake. These new penalties will take place on May 1.

Click here for details on the new penalties.

The MTA’s CEO, Paul Unerkov, has met with the CEO of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), Tony Braxton-Smith to discuss these new laws concerning the SE Freeway with discussions focussing on the issue of primary baking.

We have now formally written to DPTI, seeking that changes to the ability to lawfully use primary braking in certain circumstances.

There are a number of arguments for at least the infrequent use of the primary brake. We have pointed out that these include:

  • emergency stopping
  • risk of engine and transmission failure due to “over-revving”
  • poor driving conditions such as heavy rain or fog and traffic banking up ahead

We hope for an answer prior to the May 1 implementation of the new penalty structure and will keep you informed of any changes.

If you have any questions, please click here to contact our Industry Engagement Specialist, Nathan Groves.