To­wards zero ac­ci­dents

Even one fa­tal­ity or se­ri­ous in­jury on our roads is un­ac­cept­able

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“Even one fa­tal­ity or se­ri­ous in­jury on our roads is un­ac­cept­able”

Ev­ery driver on Aus­tralia’s roads has a fam­ily and some­one they love wait­ing for them to walk through the front door at the end of the day. The truck­ing in­dus­try has seen great im­prove­ments in safety, but when we look at road crashes in­volv­ing any sort of ve­hi­cle we can see that 1225 peo­ple didn’t make it home in 2017. Aus­tralians wouldn’t ac­cept this num­ber of deaths if they in­volved planes or trains. We must not con­tinue ac­cept­ing these deaths on our roads, ei­ther, or the un­told num­ber of se­ri­ous in­juries that oc­cur.

With the sup­port of our foun­da­tion spon­sors – BP, NTI and Volvo Trucks – the ATA and our mem­bers have long ar­gued that even one fa­tal­ity or se­ri­ous in­jury on our roads is un­ac­cept­able.

We be­lieve that state­ment of prin­ci­ple must now be for­malised in Aus­tralia’s na­tional road safety strat­egy.

That’s why we told the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment re­view into the strat­egy that Aus­tralia should adopt a ‘ To­wards Zero’ phi­los­o­phy and set a long-term tar­get of zero deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries on our roads.

To get there, gov­ern­ments will need to adopt re­al­is­tic tar­gets and stick to them. Gov­ern­ments cur­rently set 10year road safety tar­gets, but this pe­riod is too long. At the start of each 10-year pe­riod, it’s easy for ev­ery­one to put off mak­ing de­ci­sions in the be­lief there is lots of time left. And then there is no time left at all; the goals turn out to be un­achiev­able and the road toll con­tin­ues.

We told the re­view that the 10-year tar­gets need to be dropped in favour of more achiev­able five-year tar­gets.

At Truck­ing Aus­tralia 2018, to be held in Can­berra from 18-20 April, the in­dus­try will gather to make plans about how we can im­prove safety fur­ther. Our safety sum­mit will take a proac­tive ap­proach to es­tab­lish­ing safety so­lu­tions.

Del­e­gates will hear from grass­roots op­er­a­tors with real-world driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, like Tim Knowles and Lyn­ley Min­ers, as well as na­tional safety ad­vo­cates. Del­e­gates will get to put their views and vote on the safety ideas they want the in­dus­try to take for­ward.

The ATA and the Aus­tralian Lo­gis­tics Coun­cil have de­vel­oped a master code of prac­tice that will aid all busi­nesses in the chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity man­age risks and im­prove safety. A work­shop on this master code will be pre­sented by a team of ex­perts with real in­dus­try knowl­edge.

This first-hand knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence will be vi­tal at our fa­tigue man­age­ment hackathon, spon­sored by Tele­trac Nav­man. The cur­rent sys­tem used in the eastern states and South Aus­tralia minutely pre­scribes the hours and min­utes that driv­ers can work, but 58 per cent of fa­tigue-re­lated crashes oc­cur within 500 kilo­me­tres of the point of de­par­ture – well be­fore the end of a driver’s shift.

The hackathon will be an op­por­tu­nity for driv­ers, op­er­a­tors and coders to con­sider in­no­va­tive ideas for reg­u­la­tion and find a tech so­lu­tion to help driv­ers recog­nise and man­age their own per­sonal fa­tigue as a vol­un­tary al­ter­na­tive to writ­ten work diaries.

It’s no­table that safety im­prove­ment is front of mind for the fu­ture lead­ers of our in­dus­try. The Daim­ler Truck and Bus Fu­ture Lead­ers’ Fo­rum demon­strates this.

Its par­tic­i­pants will de­velop a num­ber of projects that fo­cus on safety, from im­prov­ing train­ing and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment to ex­pand­ing stake­holder me­dia strate­gies to raise aware­ness of safety and the in­dus­try’s im­age. Del­e­gates will hear more about these projects at Truck­ing Aus­tralia.

Across the board, the ATA and its mem­bers are work­ing to im­prove the in­dus­try’s safety and the safety of ev­ery road user. Truck­ing Aus­tralia is the place to have a say on our safety ini­tia­tives, cel­e­brate the in­dus­try’s achieve­ments and net­work with col­leagues.

You can reg­is­ter for Truck­ing Aus­tralia at www.truckingaus­tralia.com. au

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