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This project examines two proposals to reduce speeding in heavy vehicles.

Enforcement approaches for speeding heavy vehicles (policy work complete)

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Speeding heavy vehicles are a risk to the public and infrastructure. Implementing powers for enforcement officers to ground speeding heavy vehicles may help deter and reduce speeding to improve safety and decrease the cost associated with damages caused by accidents.

This project investigated whether national enforcement options for excessive speeding by heavy vehicles should be expanded to include:

  • immediate grounding of heavy vehicles travelling 15 km/h or more over posted speed limits
  • triggering of a strict liability offence for operating a heavy vehicle with a defective speed limiter if that vehicle is detected travelling at or above 115 km/h.

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A discussion paper, published in February 2016, asked stakeholders to comment on the merits of these proposals. The NTC received 18 submissions.

Based on the submissions received, stakeholders were divided in their support for the proposals and in their views on the effectiveness of the current suite of speed compliance tools. Accordingly, the NTC published a policy paper in November 2016 proposing no changes to the HVNL.

Transport ministers endorsed this recommendation at the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in November 2016.

In response to concerns raised by some jurisdictions and enforcement agencies, the NTC is now exploring the inclusion of a stand-alone evidentiary provision relating to vehicle standards breaches for heavy vehicles detected at travelling at or above 115km/h. This work is part of its review of investigation and enforcement powers.

Read more about the review of HVNL investigative and enforcement powers.


Speeding heavy vehicles put public safety, private property and valuable infrastructure at risk. The Australian public is concerned about speeding heavy vehicles. A significant number of heavy vehicle crashes also result in fatalities each year, and excessive and inappropriate speed is a factor in a significant proportion of these incidents.

These proposals have developed out of speed enforcement policies that have been trialled in some Australian jurisdictions (for example, the “3 strikes” vehicle grounding policy and “anti-hoon” legislation) and have in-principle support from significant government and industry stakeholders.

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Project Manager Anna Beesley
Last Updated: 30/5/2018