South Australia

Jail, $50k fines for speeding trucks on freeway

Jarrod Sierocki

On August 18, 2014, an out-of-control truck smashed into cars at the bottom of the South-Eastern Freeway. This is how the horrific accident unfolded.

A truck in the second arrester bed on the South-Eastern Freeway. Picture: Sam Wundke.

TRUCK drivers will face jail and companies huge new fines as the State Government continues to crack down on dangerous driving on the South-Eastern Freeway.

The new reforms would create far tougher penalties for truck drivers who speed and don’t use a low gear on the downtrack of the freeway, and for companies who protect bad drivers.

Truck drivers will lose their licences and face tougher penalties, including imprisonment, under the new legislation to go before Parliament.

It’s the final set of reforms in response to coronial recommendations made into the death of truck driver James Venning and other serious and fatal crashes involving out-of-control trucks on the freeway.

Under the proposed laws, heavy-vehicle drivers who fail to use low gear or stic…

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