Camhaul Pty Ltd - Peter Kazzi2 Jun 2016
To whom it may concern,
My name is Peter Kazzi and I represent David Camilleri, Director of Camhaul Pty Ltd of Maroota, New South Wales.
To your first proposal that a speed limiter be deemed non-compliant if detected travelling at or above 115kph. We agree with that format as there is no reason for a truck to be doing that speed and are obviously non-compliant.
Your second proposal, the power to immediately ground heavy vehicles travelling 15kph or more over posted or default speed limits.
We feel that there should be no changes to the current rules. Take for example, the Great Western Highway which heads west out of Sydney to the Blue Mountains and beyond. You can have multiple speed advisory signs in a short distance of highway, anything from 40-100kph. This is the norm for many kilometres of the Great Western Highway.
A truck travelling at 90kph might still be doing 70 or 75kph by the time he gets to the 60kph zone. If they are not familiar with the area, they will not realise how close the speed advisory signs are to each other. Should he just slam on his brakes? It is like this for quite some distance along the highway!
Country road workers have a habit of putting speed advisory signs very close together. In our area, it is a 90kph speed zone. In an instant, you will come across a road works sign and then suddenly a 60kph ahead sign, 50mtrs from the road work sign and then a 60kph sign, 50mtrs from the 60 ahead sign and then another 40kph sign, 40mtrs down the road from that! Again, do we just slam on our brakes?? Police do enforce the road work speed zones.
In our district of Maroota, you can go from 90-60-40kph in a space of less than a kilometre. If you do not know the area, you will be doing 90kph and then confront a 60kph sign, the minute you pass that sign, you will be doing more than 15kph over the speed limit even while trying to slow down.
Circumstances should be taken into consideration before immediately grounding a truck. Common sense should prevail.
I always hear that heavy vehicles are over represented in fatal accidents but rarely hear that at least 80% have not been the fault of the heavy vehicle. Whether you weigh 20, 40 or 60 tonnes, no matter what speed you do, you will do damage.
I agree that we do have cowboys and idiots in our industry and they must be removed from our industry. All we ask is that more thought be given to the second proposal. The majority of good operators should not be made to suffer because of rules bought in to control these few idiots. Circumstances and common sense must prevail.
Camhaul Pty Ltd.