Posted by: jjdrer
Posted: 18th Aug 2011
There has just been a court case where a truck driver was accused of doing 113kph in a 100kph zone. Number 1, his truck is legally governed at 100. Number 2, he proved that his GPS showed that he was only doing 100kph. I know a professional driver who was caught entering a country town over the speed limit. He was being tailgated by a car, and had he braked to slow to the limit quickly enough, the car would have gone under the back of his truck. The car was so close to him, he could only see its hood in his specially fitted mirrors. After it sped past him the other end of the town, then "cut him off" (and they wonder why there is accidents - trucks don't stop on threepence as the saying goes) he discovered that it had unrestrained children in the back. It was going so fast he didn't get the rego number.
As for the extra restrictions for a down-hill section of the SE freeway heading down into Adelaide, a professional truck driver I know says the speed limit for 5 axle and over trucks is too high, that he always drives at least 15 kph lower than that, and goes down through the gears, partially using the motor as a brake, not have foot on the brake all the time resulting in brakes overheating and failing. Reply