NHVR strives to remove engine remapping, improve safety

A National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) education campaign will highlight the risks caused by illegal engine remapping.

The campaign will reportedly focus on educating the heavy vehicle industry and public on the harmful effects that engine remapping can have on heavy vehicle drivers and logistics workers as well as communities and the environment.

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the campaign was an opportunity for the NHVR to work collaboratively with the heavy vehicle industry to remove engine remapping and improve safety.

“The NHVR’s highest priority is safety and we’ll continue to focus on compliance while delivering education and awareness through information like the engine remapping campaign,” said Petroccitto.

“By and large, our industry does the right thing, but occasionally we see unsafe practices occurring and it’s our job as a regulator to lead change.

“Whether you’re an owner, driver, mechanic, part of the supply chain or a light vehicle driver, engine remapping puts everyone at risk.”

The campaign will be delivered in two phases, with an initial focus on the exposure that toxic diesel emissions can have due to engine remapping.

NHVR points to research via the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicating that remapped engines can release up to 60 times more pollutants into the atmosphere, which can cause damage to the health and safety of workplaces, communities and the environment.

The second stage of the campaign will focus on remapped engines that disable speed limiter controls.

With recent compliance checks between 2019-2021 (Transport for New South Wales) indicating up to 10 per cent of all heavy vehicles are operating with illegally remapped engines, the danger is significant and can cause serious injury.

Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, said the campaign was important in helping draw attention to greater health and safety benefits across the heavy vehicle industry.

“You might not immediately realise the dangers of illegal engine remapping, but it’s a serious issue and one that the industry as a whole can control and eradicate,” said Buchholz.

“I congratulate the NHVR for their stand on this issue and look forward to progress being made.”

Petroccitto added that with more than 50,000 owners and operators and in excess of half a million heavy vehicles across the country, everyone had a part to play.

“Let’s all clear the air over illegal engine remapping and stop speed limiter tampering in its tracks,” he said.

Earlier this year, the NHVR and Queensland Police Service entered the premises of a Sunshine Coast based transport company to investigate the company’s compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).