Heavy vehicle fatal crashes and deaths remain static


BITRE report shows trend stays quite level for articulated and rigid trucks in past four years

Heavy vehicle fatal crashes and deaths remain static
BITRE’s seven-year graph

 

There were 117 deaths from 103 crashes involving articulated trucks, 79 deaths from 74 crashes involving heavy rigid trucks for the 12 months to June, according to the latest Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and regional Economics (BITRE).

Fatal crashes involving articulated trucks increased by 7.3 per cent compared with the corresponding period a year earlier and decreased by an average of 1 per cent per year over the three years to June 2017, figures in BITRE’s Fatal Heavy Vehicle Crashes Australia quarterly bulletin show.

For the 12 months to June, there were 103 such crashes compared with 96 in the same period to June 2016.

Rises of 27 to 35 in New South Wales and 15 to 25 in Victoria more than cancelled out falls in all other states and territories.

Total numbers of deaths for the period were up six to 117, which is comparable to annual totals for the previous four years of between 108 and 115.

Fatal crashes involving heavy rigid trucks increased by 2.8 per cent compared with the corresponding period one year earlier and decreased by an average of 1.3 per cent per year over the three years to June 2017.

The rate for this segment was quite static, with 74 to June, up two, and again comparable with annual figures for the past four years of between 64 and 78 and with the past three years between 74 and 78.

There was very little change on a state and territory basis and total numbers of deaths for the period were down five to 79.

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