ATA reaffirms support for AEB in new trucks

The technology is a life-saving feature, Maguire says

ATA reaffirms support for AEB in new trucks
Ben Maguire


The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has reiterated its position that the Australian government should require all new trucks to have advanced braking technology.

The association released its response to the Infrastructure Department’s regulatory impact statement on requiring autonomous emergency braking (AEB) for new trucks.

AEB is a safety system that generates a collision warning and then applies emergency braking if there is a danger of a rear end collision with a vehicle in the same lane, ATA CEO Ben Maguire explains.

It comes as the federal government explores policy options for AEB

"In conjunction with extending mandatory electronic stability control (ESC) to new rigid trucks, requiring autonomous emergency braking for all new trucks would save more than a hundred lives and prevent more than 2,500 serious injuries," Maguire says.

"It’s an incredible safety technology. Making it a requirement for new trucks is one of the ATA’s safety priorities."

The ATA stresses the importance of AEB and ESC being mandated for new rigid trucks on the timeframe proposed in the RIS: November 2020 for new model rigid trucks and November 2022 for new rigid trucks generally.

"As a result of years of effort, the number of fatal crashes involving semitrailers and other articulated trucks shows a clear downward trend," Maguire says.

In contrast, the number of fatal crashes involving rigid trucks is increasing.

"As Australia’s urban population grows and transport infrastructure construction peaks, the number of crashes involving rigid trucks will continue to increase – unless action like this is taken."

"The ATA is working closely with road safety experts and our members to lobby for better safety.

"This submission is another example of how we are putting forward well-researched, evidence based initiatives that we know will make a difference."

The full submission is available here.

About the proposed Australian Design Rule

The proposed ADR would implement UNECE regulation 131, which requires AEB systems to:

• operate at least within the vehicle speed range of 15 km/h to the maximum speed of the vehicle, unless manually deactivated

• detect the possibility of a collision with a preceding vehicle of category M (a car or bus), N (a truck) or O (a trailer) in the same lane

• initially generate a collision warning and then follow up with emergency braking

• provide drivers with the opportunity to interrupt both the collision warning and emergency braking phase, if a collision is not imminent.


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