Heavy vehicle related deaths rose during 2012. Fatal crashes involving heavy rigid trucks increased by 43.3 per cent in 2012 compared with the corresponding period one year earlier with 80 deaths, up 26 from 60 in 2011.
There were 148 deaths from crashes involving articulated vehicles – ten more than in 2011, according to the latest Fatal heavy vehicle crashes Australia bulletin.
Fatal crashes involving articulated trucks increased by an average of 0.1 per cent per year over the three years to December 2012.
The bulletin is produced on a quarterly basis by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, and tracks the number of fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses on Australian roads.
The report shows that NSW continues to record the highest number of deaths from crashes involving a heavy vehicle, with Queensland recording one less fatality.