No-blame safety investigations for heavy vehicle crashes

Tuesday, 29 January, 2019

No-blame safety investigations for heavy vehicle crashes

Independent, no-blame safety investigations should be considered for road crashes involving heavy vehicles, according to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

The ATA is calling for the Australian Government to extend the role of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to include serious truck crashes where there are safety lessons to be learned.

The terms of reference for the National Road Safety Governance Review have just been unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack.

“The ATA welcomes the terms of reference and believes Mr McCormack has demonstrated a commitment to improving road safety outcomes,” said ATA CEO Ben Maguire.

“However, in addition to improving the road safety governance structure, we believe the review should include a focus on extending the role of the ATSB and addressing this institutional capacity gap.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and it’s important to ensure no stone is left unturned in reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”

The review process is the next step in implementing the recommendations of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 Inquiry and will include consultations with all levels of government across Australia, parties in the transport space, the private sector and the community, with a draft report released in March 2019.

“In a submission to the inquiry, the ATA set out 19 recommendations, including better roads and truck rest areas, fatigue law reform and better education for learner drivers about how they can share the road safely with trucks,” Maguire said.

“Until we reach a point where there are zero fatalities and injuries on our roads, the government needs to consider practical approaches to improving road safety, as we have recommended and include these in the review.”

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