The Environmental Protection Agency in New South Wales is mandating the fitting of stability control onto all tankers carrying dangerous goods as from July 1 this year. In a statement published this week the Director Hazardous Incidents and Environmental Health at the EPA, Craig Lamberton, cited the reason for its introduction as the findings of an inquest into an accident at East Lynne in 2009.
The EPA has used the NSW Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail) Regulation 2009 prohibiting the use in NSW of dangerous goods tank trailers, manufactured on or after July 1 2014, not fitted with electronic stability control. There is no requirement to retrofit.
The accident, on the Princes Highway, resulted in three deaths from one family and that of the truck driver. The coronial inquiry into the four deaths by Deputy State Coroner, Carmel Forbes, came to the conclusion electronic stability control (ESC) should be fitted to all heavy vehicles carrying dangerous goods.
The crash occurred in 2009 and the inquiry passed down a verdict in 2011. The ABC Radio National program ‘Background Briefing’ told the story of the accident and its aftermath as part of its report, last Sunday, into the safety issues around fuel tankers after the Mona Vale crash last October. In the program the ABC reporter pointed out there had been no action on the recommendation.
On Monday the EPA published its decision to mandate ESC as of July 1.