After years of lobbying by road safety and trucking industry groups, Stability Control was finally made mandatory on most new trucks and trailers sold in Australia today.
The Federal Government released new Australian Design Rules today outlining the new requirement today.
Stability control will be required on selected categories of new model heavy trucks from the 1st of November 2020, and all new trucks in those categories from 1 November 2022.
The requirement will apply to all new model heavy trailers weighing more than 10 tonnes from 1 July 2019 and all new heavy trailers weighing more than 10 tonnes from 1 November 2019.
New road train converter dollies will be exempt from the stability control requirement, as well as non-standard low loaders.
Chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), Geoff Crouch, says the move will save lives.
“Stability control is a vehicle safety system that monitors the stability and sideways acceleration of a heavy vehicle and kicks in to brake the vehicle if it detects a rollover starting,”
“The ATA lobbied hard to extend the original proposal that the Infrastructure Department released for consultation.
“As a result of lobbying from the ATA and other stakeholders, the final design rules extend the mandate to include short wheel base rigid trucks weighing more than 12 tonnes.
“This decision is projected to save another two lives over the years and prevent an extra 17 serious injuries compared to the original proposal.
“I want to thank the Government and the responsible minister, Paul Fletcher, for listening to the industry’s views. I also want to thank the expert members of the ATA’s Safety Committee, led by Tim Knowles, and our Industry Technical Council, led by Kel Baxter, who developed the ATA’s position on the issue.”
But the ATA is now set to push for another new technology to be mandated – Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).
“Autonomous emergency braking applies a truck’s brakes in emergency situations.
“Monash University research shows that rolling it out across the truck fleet would reduce fatal crashes by up to 25 per cent and serious injury crashes by up to 17 per cent,” Mr Crouch said.
At this stage there has been no response from any of the truck manufacturers about the decision, although some, including Scania and Hino, have already started fitting Stability Control to some of their different models.
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