Call for NSW safety compliance framework boost

JJ Richards & Sons say licence, new technology could ensure safety

Call for NSW safety compliance framework boost
JJ Richards has designed and implemented its own telematics system


Waste management company JJ Richards & Sons has called on the New South Wales government to bolster its compliance and enforcement framework to help ensure heavy vehicle safety.

The NSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety, also known as the Staysafe Committee, is currently accepting submissions for an inquiry on heavy vehicle safety and the use of technology to improve road safety.

In its submission, JJ Richards called on the government to launch a new strategy to ensure compliance with safety standards among heavy vehicle owners and operators

"A compliance strategy could include the requirement for all companies to hold a ‘License’ to own and operate heavy vehicles," it said.

"[It would be] a licence that requires them to demonstrate that they are adequately educated and understand their obligations and that if they do not comply that the licence can be revoked."

The company, which operates more than 2,400 vehicles nationally, says it considers safety as a priority when selecting the supplier for its next generation of heavy vehicles.

Volvo’s ability to offer a collision warning system with emergency braking in its vehicles was key to it being a supplier, JJ Richards says, adding that its vehicles were required to interact with significant volumes of traffic on a daily basis.

"Often other vehicles become frustrated and/or think they can "fit in" between a heavy vehicle and the vehicle in front, significantly reducing braking distances," the company said.

"Forward collision warning with emergency braking can assist heavy vehicle drivers in this regard, by providing an audio and visual collision warning, reducing the risk of accidents occurring."

JJ Richards said electronic stability packages, daytime running lights and lane support systems to alert the driver when they deviate from the driving lane were also helpful, saying in its submission that it believed these "should be mandatory for all heavy vehicles."

JJ Richards IT focus

For additional safety measures, JJ Richards says it has designed and implemented its own telematics system to give it an accurate record of compliance with driving regulations, including compulsory breaks, site road rules, speeding and legal loading.

The system also stream records all vehicle movements through a forward facing camera on the windshield of the cab and the reversing camera – with JJ Richards using the footage to identify and address dangerous driving practices, including tailgating.

Further to this, JJ Richards says it is investigating both the use of in-cab driver sensors and forward facing cameras to detect symptoms of fatigue in drivers and of fitting load monitoring devices to vehicles to provide more accurate information to drivers and reduce the possibility of overloads.

The Staysafe Committee is still accepting submissions until February 25. 


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