Government action urged
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has long been calling for the mandatory fitment of stability control on new trucks and trailers, a move they say would save lives.
Now the ATA has been joined by the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) in calling on the federal government to act.
ATA Chair, Geoff Crouch, says the government can no longer sit on its hands on this important road safety matter.
“It’s a vital safety technology and should be mandatory for new trucks and trailers.”
ALRTA President (SA), David Smith agrees, saying the issue is just as pressing for rural operators.
“For us, adverse conditions are an everyday occurrence. Our gear cops an absolute pounding from rutted roads, stones and sticks along with the dust that gets into absolutely everything,”
“While running costs are always higher in these environments, there are still net benefits for operators who install the latest generation of stability control systems.
“Modern stability control systems can react far quicker than even the most experienced driver and most operators would be surprised to learn just how close they have come to a rollover.”
The associations have put forward a package of technical recommendations to the Australian Government to ensure the technology will work across Australia’s harsh conditions.
“Including the requirement that new prime movers must be required to supply 24V to their trailers. Mr Crouch said.
“For a stability control requirement to work, Australia has to standardise on one voltage. 24V is the way to go for performance reasons. It’s also needed to support evolving technologies like autonomous braking.” he said.
While Mr Smith said converter dollies should be excluded from the mandatory stability control requirement, and that drivers should be able to turn off stability control at low speed.
We’ll keep you updated as further news comes to hand on this issue.