Trucks speeding on highway: RTA
MORE ammunition has been added to the arsenal of people campaigning for an urgent upgrading of the Pacific Highway and alternatives to road freight.
Figures from the Roads and Traffic Authority’s (RTA) latest annual speed survey showed that almost 40 per cent of heavy vehicles on our roads exceeded the 100 kilometre an hour speed limit.
The speed surveys are used by the RTA to measure typical vehicle speeds on NSW roads.
The 2009 survey, carried out at 43 locations in 100 kph zones for seven days, found that 37.7 per cent of heavy vehicles exceeded the speed limit.
While this is a slight increase from the results in 2008 which showed 37.3 per cent of heavy vehicles were exceeding the speed limit in 100km/h zones, it is a marked jump on the figures from 1999 when 28 per cent of heavy vehicles were found to be exceeding the limit.
According to government figures, heavy vehicles are involved in about 20 per cent of road fatalities yet make up less than three per cent of vehicles in New South Wales and drive about seven per cent of the kilometres travelled on the state’s roads.
An RTA spokesperson said in a bid to address speeding by heavy vehicle drivers, point-to-point speed cameras enforcing heavy vehicle speeding are being rolled out on 20 lengths of road with a history of heavy vehicle crashes.
The spokesperson said the enforcement lengths will be installed by the end of next year.
The first two, between New Italy and Harwood on the Pacific Highway and between Raglan and Meadow Flat on the Great Western Highway, are already operating.
The spokesperson said point-to-point enforcement forms one part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce speeding.