The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) recently submitted its recommendation to minimise the number of fatalities on Australian roads to zero.
After revealing that 1225 people were killed on Australian roads in 2017, the ATA have made 19 recommendations for the nation’s next national road safety strategy and urged the federal government to make fitment of electronic stability control mandatory for all new trucks and trailers.
The ATA also wants the Transport and Infrastructure Council to update the Australian Transport Assessment and Planning guidelines to only use willingness to pay for estimating the cost of fatalities and injuries in accidents.
The ATA recommended the role of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau be extended to provide independent, no-blame, safety investigations for road accidents involving heavy vehicles.
In the report, the ATA identified the need to improve flexibility and realistic compliance tolerances under fatigue laws.
The government has been urged to increase the number and quality of driver rest areas.
Among its recommendations, the ATA called for new and current drivers to be educated on how to safely share the road with heavy vehicles. Source: http://www.primemovermag.com.au/news/article/ata-release-recommendations-to-reduce-road-toll