Monday 19th Nov, 2018

Cooperation required for heavy vehicle safety


GREATER commitment by all supply chain parties is required to cut heavy vehicle-related fatalities, the Australian Logistics Council says.

“As an industry leader, improving safety outcomes across the supply chain is a core objective for ALC. One death in a truck-related accident is one death too many,” said ALC managing director, Michael Kilgariff.

“We need industry, governments, regulators and all road users to work cooperatively to improve outcomes, rather than point fingers.”

He said the ALC strongly supported changes to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) provisions under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) due to begin operation in mid-2018, requiring all supply chain participants to take greater responsibility for safety and heavy vehicle maintenance.

Mr Kilgariff said it was equally imperative all parties understood their safety obligations.

“Any public discussion about heavy vehicle safety should be placed in its proper context, and we should be wary of attempts to link accidents to issues such as driver remuneration, when there is little evidence to support such claims,” he said.

“We should be especially cautious about attempts to advance an industrial agenda by exploiting every accident that occurs, as part of an effort to revive the former Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), and its so-called ‘Safe Rates’ regime.”

He said the approach advocated by Toll managing director Michael Byrne should be closely considered.

“Ultimately, inflammatory statements and blame shifting will not save lives. We need industry, governments and regulators to work cooperatively on delivering practical policy solutions that will create a safer environment for all road users,” Mr Kilgariff said.

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