Call for mandatory stability control
ATA, ALRTA want the federal government to mandate this technology
MANDATORY STABILITY control technology in new trucks and trailers can improve road safety, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) assert.
The road transport bodies have presented their recommendations to the federal government to mandate this technology and are calling for a mandatory implementation across the trucking sector.
ATA chair Geoff Crouch and ALRTA president David Smith say this technology can help prevent truck rollovers by detecting a possibility of such an event and as a result initiate braking.
Speaking on behalf of rural transporters, Smith says stability control technology can help even the most experienced drivers.
“While running costs are always higher in these environments, there are still net benefits for operators who install the latest generation of stability control systems,” he says.
“Modern stability control systems can react far quicker than even the most experienced driver and most operators would be surprised to learn just how close they have come to a rollover.”
Both ATA and ALRTA are confident that the technology will work across Australia’s harsh conditions.
“Notably, we consider that all new prime movers must be required to supply 24V to their trailers,” Crouch says.
“For a stability control requirement to work, Australia has to standardise on one voltage, 24V is the way to go for performance reasons.
“It’s also needed to support evolving technologies like autonomous braking.”
Converter dollies should be excluded from the mandatory stability control requirement, and that drivers should be able to turn off stability control at low speed.
“Considering the type of roads some trucks have to cover, an option to temporarily disable the system to deal with difficult situations at low speed is a must,” Smith says.