SARTA calls for close examination of freeway incidents

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

Shearer seeks industry-government meeting to examine broad issues

SARTA calls for close examination of freeway incidents
Steve Shearer wants an open meeting with ministers and industry


The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) is calling for an in-depth analysis of all incidents that took place on Adelaide’s South Eastern Freeway over the past three years following last week’s Transpacific truck crash that caused a multiple fatality.

SARTA executive director Steve Shearer wants the South Australian Government to provide a comprehensive analysis identifying crash trends that can be addressed.

A Transpacific truck lost control last Monday, killing two people and injuring a driver.

The speed limit for all trucks on the freeway has been reduced to 60kmph since then.

In a letter to the State Government, Shearer is calling for an open meeting between the ministers and industry, saying longer-term solutions on the freeway between Glen Osmond and Port Rush roads is needed.

"The SARTA board met for over five hours last [week] and discussed this at length and in detail, sadly not for the first time," Shearer says.

"The difference is that this time we think it is essential that the Government through you sits down with us and engages in serious and open discussion aimed at identifying all sensible options and hopefully developing a strategy for immediate and short-term fixes and longer-term solutions."

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