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This new braking law will be 'life-saving'

SAFETY BREAKTHROUGH: Electronic stability control will help save lives when it becomes mandatory.
SAFETY BREAKTHROUGH: Electronic stability control will help save lives when it becomes mandatory. Woodburn RFS

THE Federal Government's decision to mandate stability control technology for a range of new trucks and trailers will save 126 lives and prevent 1101 serious injuries in the coming years, said Australian Trucking Association chair Geoff Crouch.

The new Australian Design Rules requirement will apply to selected categories of new model heavy trucks from November 1, 2020 and all new trucks in those categories from November 1, 2022.

The requirement will apply to all new model heavy trailers weighing more than 10 tonnes from July 1 next year and all new heavy trailers weighing more than 10 tonnes from November 1 next year.

Mr Crouch said that stability control technology was a life saver.

"Stability control is a vehicle safety system that monitors the stability and sideways acceleration of a heavy vehicle and kicks in to brake the vehicle if it detects a rollover starting,” he said.

"The ATA lobbied hard to extend the original proposal that the Infrastructure Department released for consultation.

"As a result of lobbying from the ATA and other stakeholders, the final design rules extend the mandate to include short wheel base rigid trucks weighing more than 12 tonnes.

"This decision is projected to save another two lives over the years and prevent an extra 17 serious injuries compared to the original proposal.

"I want to thank the government and the responsible minister, Paul Fletcher, for listening to the industry's views.

"I also want to thank the expert members of the ATA's Safety Committee, led by Tim Knowles, and our Industry Technical Council, led by Kel Baxter, who developed the ATA's position on the issue.”

Mr Crouch said the next step in advancing truck safety technology needed to be autonomous emergency braking for all new trucks.

"Monash University research shows that rolling it out across the truck fleet would reduce fatal crashes by up to 25 per cent and serious injury crashes by up to 17 per cent,” he said.

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