The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has again called on the federal government to mandate stability control for new trucks and trailers sold in Australia.
And the long-time campaigners for the technology say as many as 148 lives every year would be saved on Australian roads if our new trucks and their trailers had the safety system.
ATA Chair Geoff Crouch, has released the ATA’s response to the Infrastructure Department’s regulatory impact statement (RIS) on mandating stability control for heavy vehicles.
The RIS proposes that stability control should be required for new prime movers weighing more than 12 tonnes and new trailers weighing more than 10 tonnes.
But the technology would not need to be fitted to new rigid trucks.
Mr Crouch says the recommendations don’t go far enough.
“The Government should lean in on safety and mandate stability control for all new trucks and trailers, including rigid trucks, with only narrow exceptions,”
“The ATA approach would save 148 lives and stop 1,496 serious injuries. It would save 24 more lives and stop 412 more serious injuries than the narrow approach recommended in the RIS.
“Our approach would cost businesses an additional $117 million in total, but this would be spread over many years and over every industry that buys new trucks.
“In reality, the additional cost would be very small compared to the safety benefits. It’s a cost we are willing to pay.”
The ATA again stressed that new road train converter dollies would be exempt from the ESC requirement, because of issues with the technology in the rough conditions encountered by road trains in rural and remote areas.
Non-standard low loaders would also be exempt.
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