Call for manda­tory sta­bil­ity con­trol

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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.

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