ATA brings roadworthiness to centre stage

ATA brings roadworthiness to centre stage
A heavy vehicle’s roadworthiness is an ongoing legal obligation


The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has raised the profile of ‘roadworthiness’ in a broad sense as being a paramount concern for the industry.

The ATA General Council has approved the ATA’s policy statement on the minimum standards for a vehicle to be considered roadworthy.

"The policy specifies that a heavy vehicle’s roadworthiness is an ongoing legal obligation on owners and drivers, not a ‘once a year’ or even a ‘when we next see the truck’ obligation, the Association says.

It also outlines the ATA’s recommendations for inclusion in a review of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS), its reservations over the effectiveness of which it reiterated.

These recommendations include:

  • extending the chain of responsibility to ‘vehicle maintenance’ and over chain parties with a material influence on a vehicle’s roadworthiness
  • mandating electronic stability control for at least some vehicles, i.e. tankers involved in the carriage of dangerous goods and combustible goods
  • establishing a national public database of coronial recommendations on road safety
  • establishing a national ‘no blame’ investigation capacity for fatal truck crashes similar to the approach used to investigate aviation, marine and rail accidents
  • improving the visibility of on-road enforcement
  • the presence of uniform vehicle standards under the heavy vehicle national law enhanced by implementation of a national registration scheme.

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