Sta­bil­ity con­trol push

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Up to 148 lives could be saved, in­dus­try peak body states

“The gov­ern­ment should lean in on safety and man­date sta­bil­ity con­trol for all new trucks and trail­ers”

MAN­DAT­ING ELEC­TRONIC STA­BIL­ITY CON­TROL ( ESC) for heavy trucks would be a l ife- saver, the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion ( ATA) has told the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Such a move should save 148 lives in the com­ing years, ATA chair Ge­off Crouch says on re­leas­ing the ATA’s re­sponse to the In­fra­struc­ture Depart­ment’s reg­u­la­tory im­pact state­ment ( RIS) on man­dat­ing sta­bil­ity con­trol for heavy ve­hi­cles.

The RIS pro­poses that sta­bil­ity con­trol should be re­quired for new prime movers weigh­ing more than 12 tonnes and new trail­ers weigh­ing more than 10 tonnes.

The tech­nol­ogy would not need to be fit­ted to new rigid trucks.

The ATA sub­mis­sion rec­om­mends that the gov­ern­ment should go much fur­ther than its orig­i­nal pro­pos­als.

“The gov­ern­ment should lean in on safety and man­date sta­bil­ity con­trol for all new trucks and trail­ers, in­clud­ing rigid trucks, with only nar­row ex­cep­tions,” Crouch says.

“The ATA ap­proach would save 148 lives and stop 1496 se­ri­ous in­juries.

“It would save 24 more lives and stop 412 more se­ri­ous in­juries than the nar­row ap­proach rec­om­mended in the RIS.

“Our ap­proach would cost busi­nesses an ad­di­tional $ 117 mil­lion in to­tal, but this would be spread over many years and over ev­ery in­dus­try that buys new trucks.

“In re­al­ity, the ad­di­tional cost would be very small com­pared to the safety ben­e­fits. It’s a cost we are will­ing to pay.

“The ben­e­fits from the ATA’s ap­proach would be more than twice the costs.

“That’s more than the ben­e­fit to cost ra­tio of re­quir­ing elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol for new pas­sen­ger cars.”

New road train con­verter dol­lies would be ex­empt from the ESC re­quire­ment, be­cause of is­sues with the tech­nol­ogy in the rough con­di­tions en­coun­tered by road trains in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas. Non- stan­dard low load­ers would also be ex­empt.

Ge­off Crouch

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