ATA highlights ‘critical’ need for safety campaign

Calls for practical measures to raise road safety awareness in its pre-budget submission

ATA highlights ‘critical’ need for safety campaign
Noelene Watson says the Coalition should deliver on its earlier commitment to continue funding road safety projects.


The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is calling the government to launch more proactive road safety communications campaigns in an attempt to encourage other road users to drive safely around heavy vehicles.

The message is part of ATA’s pre-budget submission to the government.

ATA chair Noelene Watson says the industry body is lobbying for "practical, evidence-based measures to reduce road toll’ through its 2017-18 Budget submission.

A ‘share the road safely’ communications campaign must be a budget priority to reduce the number of accidents on the roads, Watson insists.

"In its 2015 major accident investigation report, Australia’s leading truck insurer, NTI, concluded that the truck was not at fault in 84 per cent of the fatal multi-vehicle accidents involving trucks that it considered," she says.

"There is a critical need for a safety communication campaign to educate motorists to share the road safely, by staying out of truck blind sports, not cutting in front of trucks and not overtaking trucks when they are turning.

"After it abolished the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, the government allocated $3.9 million per year to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator [NHVR] for truck safety measures that would actually make a difference to safety.

"We say that some of the funding in 2017-18 should be allocated to this share the road safely campaign."

The national body is also calling for funds to be shared across regions that are not currently part of the NHVR regime, including Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Watson is also calling for the Coalition Government to deliver its promise to maintain funding for road safety programs such as the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program, Roads to Recovery and the Black Spot Program.

ATA also repeats call for the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) to join the former in its drive to see road safety improvements and accountability at the top of the supply chain.

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