Australia’s roads are the safest they’ve been in years despite an increase in freight movement.
The National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) has released a Major Accident Investigation Report together with the National Transport Insurance (NTI) which shows a drop in multi-vehicle crashes involving heavy vehicles by more than 16 per cent.
Technology and smart braking systems on trucks are key to further driving down the road toll.
Fatigue-related crashes involving heavy vehicles has also decreased from 27 per cent in 2005 to eight per cent last year.
With Australia set for an “information boom” over the next decade, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will use the report’s findings to develop new education initiatives to further improve road safety.
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