SAFETY FIRST: Ron Finemore gives Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher a demonstration.
SAFETY FIRST: Ron Finemore gives Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher a demonstration. Alexandra Orme

HOT TOPICS: Uni's bold new study will save lives

A GROUND-breaking new study now under way at Monash University in Melbourne has the potential to dramatically improve truck drivers' safety on Australian roads.

That's the underlying message from associate professor Michael Fitzharris, who heads up the research side of the $6.5million three-phase investigation called The Advanced Safe Truck Concept Project.

A prototype was on display at the official launch in Canberra recently.

Social media users views about the study were mixed.

Rick Depilot: Will there ever be a program that will teach motorists to share the road with trucks? Every time these programs come in its all about new cameras and technology to watch the truck driver, rather than teach motorists.

Jevan Hart: $6.5 million would fix a few roads that'd make it safer probably might even educate a few car drivers how to drive with heavy vehicles too.

Mike Williams: 6.5 million. For a study. Right. Money would be better spent on rest areas I'm thinking.

Wayne Hawkeye: Hall What would a University know about driving trucks and the needs of a driver.

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