Heavy vehicle fatal crashes and fatalities has begun a downward trend after 2 years of increasing, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).
The statistics show record lows on both scales with the fatal crash count at 176 for the 12 months to June. This is the first time the statistics reached below 180 in a decade.
Credit for the reduction in fatal crashes can be attributed mostly to the heavy articulated truck sector, where fatal crashes were down 16.1 per cent, from 112 to 94.
An article on Fullyloaded.com.au pointed out that while NSW was at the centre of a truck-related fatalities furor at the beginning of the year, fatal heavy articulated crashes between June 2017 and last June dropped 14.3 per cent in that state. The number fell from 42 to 36.