THE Australian Trucking Association (ATA) will fund a series of truck and trailer safety research projects under a commitment to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.
The Decade of Action is being launched across the world, with the aim of stabilising and then reducing the number of road crash fatalities across the globe.
Around the world, road crashes kill more than 1.3 million people a year and injure 50 million people.
The Chief Executive of the ATA, Stuart St Clair, said the association would support the UN Decade of Action by funding a safety research program.
“The trucking industry has dramatically improved its safety over the last twenty years, thanks to the efforts of the ATA, trucking operators and governments,” Mr St Clair said.
“We need to keep improving the industry’s safety, but governments and businesses need to base their safety decisions on evidence and a clear understanding of the costs and benefits of possible safety measures. After all, the community only has a limited amount of money: it needs to be spent where it will get the best results.
“As the first step in this research program, the ATA has commissioned the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) at the University of Adelaide to prepare an overview report into heavy vehicle safety.
The report will:
• provide evidence about the safety measures that work
and the ones that don’t
• identify the gaps in what we know about how to make
heavy vehicles safer
• recommend priorities for follow-up research
• provide an authoritative reference guide to the research
already carried out into truck and trailer safety
This research, published in a host of different academic journals, reports and studies, is often difficult to find, particularly for people in the industry who need guidance into how to make their businesses safer.