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Two separate studies are looking for your help in getting a better understanding about what’s going on in the trucking industry. One is a extension of a study being carried out by the University of NSW and the other is a survey into the real facts about trucks on Australia’s roads and what tasks they are tackling.



Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research at University of New South Wales are looking for interested trucking companies to take part in a study to determine the effectiveness of specific safety management practices for improving safety in trucking companies. As part of the study, free assistance will be provided to companies seeking to improve their safety performance.



In order to participate, a company must operate a fleet of between 10 and 50 trucks for hire and reward. This research is being supported by funding from the Australian Research Council, the Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, Transport for NSW, Zurich Australia, National Transport Commission and Transport Certification Australia.



TARS emphasises any company’s participation will contribute to the advancement of safety management practices for all.



If you are interested in finding out more about this study, please contact Lori Mooren, Senior Research Fellow on 0412 888 290 or via email at





Also on the agenda is a survey being conducted by the Australian Trucking Association to update its truck impact chart, which provides general information about truck productivity, fuel use, road impact etc for a range of widely-used heavy vehicle combinations.



According to the ATA, this chart is an essential part of its heavy vehicle research, and is used extensively in the ATA’s lobbying efforts. It is a critical component of the ATA’s efforts to improve first and last mile access for higher productivity vehicles.



Survey results will be used to calculate the average figures in this chart, and will be stripped of any identifying information before use.



The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Click here to enter data. 



If you’d like to provide further feedback to the ATA on this issue, please contact Chris Loose at