NHVR roundtable identifies common truck fire issues


NHVR to release information sheets to raise industry awareness

NHVR roundtable identifies common truck fire issues
The NHVR will release information sheets with its fire probe findings

 

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says it will release a series of industry bulletins following the first heavy vehicle fire roundtable meeting in Brisbane last week.

The regulator had launched a probe after an increased series of prime mover fires in the past year.

A number of common issues were identified during the roundtable that suggested that most heavy vehicle fires were preventable but required actions by a range of responsible parties, NHVR notes.

Some of the key issues discussed during the roundtable included:

  • wheel-end fires (wheel bearings, brakes, etc.)
  • wiring, electrical systems and components
  • engine bay fires – oil and fuel leaks
  • trailer and load fires.

Read how the probe started following a spate of truck fires, here


Executive director, safety standards and assurance Geoff Casey says the roundtable, which brought together leading forensic fire investigators, fire service officials, police and members of the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain, was focused on identifying causes and preventative actions.

"We have acted to bring together our industry to tackle these issues and to help create a safer road environment," Casey says.

"What is clear is that prevention is better than cure and there are some measures available to different parts of the heavy vehicle industry that can assist in fire prevention.

"Over the coming months the NHVR will work with forensic experts and industry to consider options to raise industry awareness, potentially targeted at specific sectors and addressing known fire causes or contributing factors."

Anybody with information about a truck fire is reminded to call the NHVR’s Confidential Reporting Line on 1800 931 785 or email vehiclestandards@nhvr.gov.au.

 

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