Truck­ing in­dus­try re­leases com­bi­na­tion brak­ing guide

Australian Forests and Timber - - Trucking -

THE AS­SO­CI­A­TIONS rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralian truck­ing oper­a­tors, man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers have re­leased a com­pre­hen­sive brak­ing guide to as­sist in­dus­try mem­bers un­der­stand­ing of cur­rent brak­ing com­bi­na­tions. “Un­der­stand­ing brake and sta­bil­ity rat­ings for truck and trailer com­bi­na­tions that have vary­ing brake tech­nolo­gies is a key to achiev­ing best prac­tice in the truck­ing in­dus­try,” the ATA’s Se­nior Ad­vi­sor, Engi­neer­ing, Chris Loose, said. The guide was de­vel­oped by the ATA In­dus­try Tech­ni­cal Coun­cil (ITC), the Aus­tralian Live­stock and Ru­ral Trans­porters As­so­ci­a­tion, the Aus­tralian Road Trans­port Sup­pli­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia, Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia and the Truck In­dus­try Coun­cil. “This guide is a prod­uct of many hours of hard work, and is based on the col­lec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence of oper­a­tors, sup­pli­ers, reg­u­la­tors and in­dus­try groups. How­ever, it does not re­place, vary or mod­ify ex­ist­ing laws and reg­u­la­tions,” Mr Loose said. “The guide aims to as­sist ev­ery­one in the Aus­tralian road and freight in­dus­tries, but is specif­i­cally di­rected to­wards oper­a­tors and sup­pli­ers of heavy ve­hi­cles. “It de­tails valu­able in­for­ma­tion on heavy ve­hi­cle com­bi­na­tions and the im­pact of vary­ing brak­ing and sta­bil­ity tech­nol­ogy across the com­bi­na­tion, un­der­stand­ing the per­for­mance rat­ing ta­bles, trou­ble shoot­ing, mod­i­fi­ca­tion and set­tings for trailer brak­ing, as well as a gen­eral back­ground on brak­ing and sta­bil­ity. “There are a lot of dif­fer­ent kinds of ve­hi­cles and brake com­bi­na­tions on the Aus­tralian mar­ket and on our roads, and un­der­stand­ing their tech­ni­cal­i­ties and lim­i­ta­tions al­lows ev­ery­one to op­er­ate more safely and ef­fi­ciently,” Mr Loose said.

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