SARTA sees compliance improvements in state stats

Shearer welcomes pattern of continued improvement in the industry

SARTA sees compliance improvements in state stats
Shearer says COR laws should be extended to maintenance

The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) has welcomed latest heavy vehicle figures, saying the statistics show an improved compliance across the industry.

Whilst the majority of operators are doing the right thing, more needs to be done to see chain of responsibility laws extended to truck maintenance, SARTA Executive Director Steve Shearer says.

"This is the only way to hold all the people responsible for poor maintenance in a small minority recalcitrant group," Shearer says.

"The industry is just as frustrated as the police about the ineffective laws regarding maintenance which allows these people to continue to behave unsafely."

Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Section (HVES) data shows heavy vehicles were involved in 16 per cent of fatal crashes and seven per cent of serious injury crashes in the 2012-13 financial year.

Almost 200 drivers were caught breaching alcohol and drug offences.

Some 750 heavy vehicle law offences were detected and 870 defect notices issued.

"Whilst we don’t want to see any trucks with defects or any other compliance issues, we welcome the latest figures which continue the pattern of improved compliance across the industry," Shearer says.

"In particular, whilst one is too many, the number of drug and alcohol offences was absolutely minimal.

"The only significant statistic was the number of defects issues. Whilst some of those defects would have been serious matters such as brakes, the majority would be relatively minor technical defects which do not present a safety risk on the road."


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