It’s hoped that a new spirit of co-operation between the NSW Government and the trucking industry in that state will lead to improved road safety outcomes.
The state’s Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister, Melinda Pavey, announced today that the government was ready to work with the trucking industry to improve truck safety.
“The issue of heavy vehicle safety is one that is being addressed nationally, and all states are working together through forums such as the Transport and Infrastructure Council to address this issue,”
“We are also making sure that safety is a shared responsibility for all parties in the road transport supply chain.
“We all have a responsibility to prevent safety breaches and ensure our roads are safe.
“I am looking forward to continuing these very positive discussions.”
The CEO of the Australian Trucking Association, Ben Maguire, welcomed the commitment to better outcomes.
“We have put forward a broad-ranging plan, including better road crash investigation, more consultation on telematics, a focus on building safety features into roads and improvements to both car and truck driver training,”
“We will meet again this week to talk about the truck technology now available.
“We all recognise, though, that the safety discussion needs to include an understanding of what has caused the increase in truck-related fatalities. This is now squarely on the agenda.”
While the Road Freight NSW CEO, Simon O’Hara, welcomed the Government’s willingness to look at the causes of the increase in multi-vehicle crashes involving trucks.
“Our urban member businesses are especially concerned about multi-vehicle crashes, which are very often not the fault of the truck driver.
“These have spiked over the last year, and we need to know why.”
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(Image courtesy: Illawarra Mercury)