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The Australian heavy vehicle industry is critical to the movement of people, freight, livestock and other goods. However, every year there are deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads, some of which are caused by speeding heavy vehicles.

Speed management is an important part of Australian road safety and includes the implementation of appropriate policies, regulations and legislation, as well as speed-related enforcement and compliance responses. It also includes speed limiter and intelligent assist technologies, driver education programs, and road maintenance and other road infrastructure work.

This paper outlines findings from a study that examined the circumstances surrounding heavy vehicle speeding in New South Wales in an eight year period between 2003 and 2011. Based on the evidence, a number of suggestions are made about how heavy vehicle speed management could be further enhanced in New South Wales and in other Australian jurisdictions.

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