Roll out truck stabilisers nationally: ATA

IMPROVED SAFETY: There are calls for truck stability control technology to be mandated nationally.
IMPROVED SAFETY: There are calls for truck stability control technology to be mandated nationally. Suppliedaap

THE trucking industry has urged a Senate committee examining road safety to recommend expanding roll stability control technology to trucks across the nation.

During hearings in Canberra today, Australian Trucking Association chief Bill McKinley said the electronic stability control technology could cut road deaths by up to 6%.

He said despite a National Transport Commission recommendation in 2011 to mandate the technology nationally, nothing had been done about it.

Mr McKinley said New South Wales was the only state that enforced such a mandate and it should be expanded "as a matter of urgency".

Road safety experts from the University of New South Wales also told the committee crashes were costing the nation's health system $18 billion a year.

Director of the university's transport and road safety research unit, Professor Ann Williamson, said a new specialist rural road safety research centre should be created.

Topics:  australian trucking association senate trucking

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