Tougher penalties on SE Freeway

Truck drivers who flout speed limits and don’t use a low gear on the down-track of the South Eastern Freeway will lose their licences and face tougher penalties, including imprisonment, under new laws to go before Parliament.

The increase in penalties are the latest set of reforms to be introduced in response to coronial recommendations made into the death of truck driver, James William Venning, and other serious and fatal crashes involving out-of-control trucks on the freeway.

Under the laws, heavy vehicle drivers who do not use low gear or observe the speed limit will automatically lose their licences for at least 6 months and be fined almost $1000 for a first offence.

For a second offence an automatic 12-month loss of licence will apply, with a three-year loss of licence for third and subsequent offences.