Global road transport safety guidelines released


ATA chair Crouch welcomes opportunity to contribute to initiative

Global road transport safety guidelines released
Geoff Crouch in Geneva

 

Australia’s involvement in the United Nations International Labour Organization’s (ILO’s) expert meeting in Geneva in September has manifested in the creation of new global road safety guidelines.

Amongst the representatives was Australian Trucking Association (ATA) chair Geoff Crouch, who welcomed the release of the code of practice, which highlights the importance of upholding strong safety standards, fair payments for small businesses, improving truck rest areas, driver training and road safety. 

"Road transport is critical to the economy both in Australia and globally, but we lose far too many people to road crashes," Crouch says. 

"We need more action to improve safety on Australia’s roads. Globally, road fatalities are the eighth leading cause of death. 

"These guidelines, if adopted globally, will save lives.

"Safe working practices, fair payment terms for small business, improving driver training and industry diversity are all significant local priorities that are reflected in the guidelines.

"I was delighted with the need for good quality truck rest areas to also be reflected."


How Australia contributed to the ILO road transport discussion, here


Crouch commends the high standard of discourse during the process. 

"It was an honour to be invited and hosted as a guest of the ILO," he says. 

"The experience of participating in the expert meeting followed by the guideline development was a fascinating process and provided many learnings that could be implemented in the way we develop legislation here in Australia.

"Having government, operators, regulators and other industry members all come together in the same room provided an invaluable collaborative opportunity. 

"Not every clause will be applicable to Australia, but the guidelines reflect a number of our priorities and in some nations would represent big gains for road safety."

ATA CEO Ben Maguire says the ILO expert meeting was a unique opportunity for the ATA to represent the Australian trucking industry and positively contribute to the development of important safety guidelines. 

"Geoff’s participation in the forum highlights his commitment to the trucking industry, representing the best interests of Australians on this international platform," Maguire says.

The guidelines, available here, are not binding on Australia and are not automatically implemented.

 

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