Side underrun protection guidelines updated


ATA releases Technical Advisory Procedure after review

Side underrun protection guidelines updated
Bob Woodward

 

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has released its updated Side Underrun Protection (SUP) Technical Advisory Procedure (TAP), following a review by an industry working group. 

The side underrun procedure was reviewed in response to industry demand and updated to include content relating to rigid trucks and prime movers. 

"Side underrun protection devices reduce the chance of a cyclist or pedestrian falling under the wheels of a truck," ATA chief engineer Bob Woodward says.

"They are already a requirement for construction trucks involved in the Melbourne Metro project and will be required more and more. 

"The procedure explains how to design and install this essential safety equipment and includes guidance about how to fit the devices to prime movers and rigid trucks – including construction trucks."

The review working group consisted of members of the ATA’s Industry Technical Council (ITC), representing various parties in the supply chain: Phil Webb (formerly of Paccar Australia), Scott Grimme (Fiberglass Transport Equipment), Greg Brown (MaxiTrans), Brent Fuge, (CMV Truck and Bus), Dennis Roohan (AJM Transport) and Lyndon Watson (Don Watson Transport). 


Read how the working group came to review the guidelines, here


"The process included reviewing European regulation R73 and then processing the requirements into a workable document that meets Australian operations and conditions," Woodward says. 

"Once completed, the procedure was evaluated by our ITC, a committee that works to enhance the trucking industry’s safety, professionalism and viability by providing technical input and best practice advice to the ATA. The process also included a peer review before final approval by the ATA general council. 

"The ITC brings operators, suppliers, engineers and industry specialists together in a long-term discussion forum, and is always open to new members.

The ATA notes that, at the Technology and Maintenance Conference (TMC) earlier this month, working group members provided an insight into the new edition, working through the guide and discussing what is needed meet construction truck contract requirements or manage fleets that use urban roads. 

 

 

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