ATA renews calls for ATSB investigations

Industry body says government needs to rethink truck crash probes

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has again called on the Government to give the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) the power to investigate major truck crashes.

The ATSB currently investigates air, marine and rail incidents, but the ATA wants to see the organisations scope expanded to involve road transport too.

The truck industry body say no-blame safety investigations for road crashes involving heavy vehicles undertaken by the ATSB could help the industry better understand where safety lessons can be learned.

ATA CEO Ben Maguire says a review of National Road Safety Governance being undertaken is a great chance to look at the possible benefits.

“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.”

And the ATA has made other recommendations in a submission to the review.

“We’ve 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,” Mr 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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