NSW can­cels out fa­tal crash falls in other states

State up nearly 82 per cent, from 22 to 40, over the past year: BITRE

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STAND­ING STILL may be go­ing for­ward in a sta­tis­ti­cal sense for heavy ve­hi­cle fa­tal crash fig­ures, given the num­ber of trucks on the road con­tin­ues to rise, but the dis­mal fact re­mains there has been no sus­tained im­prove­ment in num­bers for four years.

The Bureau of In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional Eco­nom­ics’ (BITRE) lat­est Fa­tal heavy ve­hi­cle crashes Aus­tralia quar­terly bul­letin shows fa­tal crashes in­volv­ing heavy trucks rose 2.4 per cent is 2017, from 164 to 168, and fell by an av­er­age of 1.9 per cent a year for the pre­ced­ing three years.

But the trend has been even since 2013, a year that saw fa­tal crashes in­volv­ing ar­tic­u­lated and heavy rigid trucks fall from around 200. Ar­tic­u­lated fa­tal crashes rose 3.3 per cent last year, from 92 to 95, and fell an av­er­age of 2.7 per cent in each of the pre­vi­ous three years, while for heavy rigids, that was up 2.6 per cent, 77 to 79, and down 1.6 per year.

As has been the fo­cus of sus­tained at­ten­tion, New South Wales has seen all the ar­tic­u­lated crash in­crease, up nearly 82 per cent, from 22 to 40, over a year in which 11 such crashes oc­curred in each of the first three quar­ters be­fore sub­sid­ing to seven in the fourth.

How­ever, the av­er­age for the years 2013-2015 was close to 30. By con­trast, the worst 2016 quar­ter was June, with seven.

Also well noted was that other states recorded fewer such crashes or were even, with Queens­land and South Aus­tralia down 26 per cent and 30 per cent re­spec­tively. Vic­to­ria and Western Aus­tralia were even at 20 and nine re­spec­tively.

It was a some­what dif­fer­ent story for heavy rigid fa­tal crashes. NSW recorded a 6 per cent rise for the year, from 32 to 34, though the years 2013-2015 had to­tals of 24, 21 and 25.

All other states bar Western Aus­tralia, up from 11 to 14, showed falls, with Queens­land and South Aus­tralia again show­ing the way down, with 15 and 37 per cent re­spec­tively.

Over the past three years, Vic­to­ria and SA have shown the great­est im­prove­ment, down 17 and 21 per cent re­spec­tively.

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