ATA pitch to governments on TruckSafe in construction sector


Maguire takes aim at unsafe minority saying construction task should have fleet accreditation mandated

ATA pitch to governments on TruckSafe in construction sector
Ben Maguire with Phil Brooks

 

The Australian and state governments should improve safety on major infrastructure projects by making TruckSafe accreditation a mandatory part of construction contracts, according to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

ATA chief executive Ben Maguire joined NSW Police chief inspector Phil Brooks yesterday police and Roads and Maritime Services officers inspected construction trucks working on the WestConnex project in Sydney.

"It was impressive to see first-hand how the NSW Police delivered such a professional intervention to raise the standards on our roads," Maguire says.

"But they shouldn’t have had to do the inspections at all.

"The professional, safe trucking businesses that join ATA member associations like Road Freight NSW and our safety management scheme, TruckSafe, are sick and tired of hearing reports about the small minority of unsafe trucks on the road.

"Sydney has a decade of major infrastructure work ahead. Governments and businesses need to act now to make construction trucks safer.

"The Australian and state governments should make TruckSafe accreditation, or its equivalent, a mandatory part of construction contracts."

The comments come as the ATA ramps up its campaign to make industry scheme TruckSafe the preponderant national accreditation and compliance vehicle in a face-off with the government-controlled National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS).

Maguire urges trucking businesses to join an ATA member association and consider TruckSafe accreditation.

"Your ATA member association can keep you up to date with the safety rules and the best way to comply. There are great member benefits too, which can save you and your business money," he says.

Warming to the theme, Maguire warns major construction companies that the chain of responsibility laws would be extended to include truck maintenance from mid-2018.

"Prime contractors, consignors and consignees will have a legal duty to make sure their business practices do not result in unsafe trucks on the road," he says.

"The executives of these businesses will have a personal due diligence obligation to make sure their business carries out this duty, backed by very high maximum penalties,"

 

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