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On the road: tackling GPS jammer use

October 13, 2014

By Louise Tapsell, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Truck drivers around the country have been educated about the potential penalties for using a GPS jammer as a result of Operation AUStrans. The ACMA took part in this annual operation, run by the NSW Road and Maritime Service (RMS), after GPS jammer use was reported as an issue in the transport industry.

The ACMA was involved in the operation from 12–13 May. It was conducted at the Marulan Heavy Vehicle Safety Station, Hume Highway (NSW). The Hume Highway is a major transportation route used by truck drivers who travel the length and breadth of Australia.

Since 2004, it has been illegal to supply, possess (for the purpose of operation or supply) and operate an RNSS jamming device, commonly known as a GPS jammer. Under the Radiocommunications Act 1992, a person found guilty of this offence may receive a court-imposed penalty of up to two years imprisonment or a fine of up to $255,000.

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