ATA seeks broader action on ESC for trucks

Trucking lobby wants other jurisdictions to follow the lead of NSW in mandating electronic stability control for all dangerous goods tankers.


New South Wales’ push to mandate electronic stability control (ESC) technology on all dangerous goods tankers should happen nationwide, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) believes.

NSW announced last week it would require all tankers carrying dangerous goods to have ESC by January 1, 2019.

The announcement follows a decision to require dangerous goods tanker trailers manufactured on or after July 1, 2014 to have ESC to gain access to the NSW road network.

"What we would have liked to have seen is a more national approach taken rather than just in NSW. We want to see this rolled out across Australia," ATA CEO Stuart St Clair told ABC Radio.

Trucking companies will need to provide annual progress reports between 2014 and 2019 on how much of their fleet has ESC technology installed.

The NSW Government’s decision stems from recommendations made after a coronial inquest into a fatal accident involving a tanker in 2009.

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