The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has lobbied the government on emergency braking and driver licensing issues at the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee into matters of road safety.
ATA’s chief of staff Bill McKinley appeared before the Senate recently and addressed the issue of implementation of autonomous emergency braking and improving driver training.
The association suggested in particular electronic stability control (ESC) to be mandatory on all new vehicles over 4.5 tonnes. It has also called for an overhaul of driver training and licensing standards.
Mr McKinley highlighted that the introduction of autonomous emergency braking would reduce fatal crashes by up to 25 per cent and reduce serious injury crashes by 17 per cent.
In terms of introduction of mandatory ESC, the ATA believes the benefits far outweigh the costs, which it estimated to cost truck buyers an extra $112 million over 35 years, or about $1,500 per truck and $525 per trailer.
The ATA also called for improvement in increasing training hours and upgrading standards in areas of trucking technical driving skills.