Heavy ve­hi­cle fa­tals re­main static, says BITRE

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THERE WERE 117 deaths from 103 crashes in­volv­ing ar­tic­u­lated trucks, 79 deaths from 74 crashes in­volv­ing heavy rigid trucks for the 12 months to June, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Bureau of In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional Eco­nomics (BITRE) figures.

Fa­tal crashes in­volv­ing ar­tic­u­lated trucks in­creased by 7.3 per cent com­pared with the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod a year ear­lier and de­creased by an av­er­age of one per cent per year over the three years to June 2017, figures in BITRE’s Fa­tal Heavy Ve­hi­cle Crashes Aus­tralia quar­terly bul­letin show.

For the 12 months to June, there were 103 such crashes com­pared with 96 in the same pe­riod to June 2016.

Rises of 27 to 35 in New South Wales and 15 to 25 in Vic­to­ria more than can­celled out falls in all other states and ter­ri­to­ries.

To­tal num­bers of deaths for the pe­riod were up six to 117, which is com­pa­ra­ble to an­nual to­tals for the pre­vi­ous four years of be­tween 108 and 115.

Fa­tal crashes in­volv­ing heavy rigid trucks in­creased by 2.8 per cent com­pared with the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod one year ear­lier and de­creased by an av­er­age of 1.3 per cent per year over the three years to June 2017.

The rate for this seg­ment was quite static, with 74 to June, up two, and again com­pa­ra­ble with an­nual figures for the past four years of be­tween 64 and 78 and with the past three years be­tween 74 and 78.

There was very lit­tle change on a state and ter­ri­tory ba­sis and to­tal num­bers of deaths for the pe­riod were down five to 79.

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