The NSW EPA announced the mandating of rollover/stability control on all vehicles carrying dangerous goods in the state as of January 1 2019. This is the first time stability control has been mandated for a truck in Australia.
The Environmental Protection Authority made the determination, under the Dangerous Goods (Road & Rail Transport) Regulation 2014 after a number of incidents which have resulted in deaths on NSW roads. These include last year’s Mona Vale tanker crash and another tanker accident on the Princes Highway at Batemans Bay in 2009.
This follows a ruling, made earlier this year, to require all dangerous goods tankers built after July 1 2014 to be fitted with rollover/stability control, if they are to be used on NSW roads. By mandating stability control in NSW, the regulators are virtually making the ruling national, as many trailers need to be able to travel throughout Australia.
“The decision to require retrofitting of roll-over control to tanker trailers by 1 January 2019 is an Australian first and fully supported by the National Bulk Tanker Association and the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association,” said Craig Lamberton , NSW EPA’s Director of Hazardous Incidents and Environmental Health.
“Other states had agreed in principle to this initiative in late 2013 but they couldn’t agree on the final draft Determination, so the NSW EPA has taken the initiative to make the Determination on its own.
“The EPA has been in extensive consultation with the transport industry and the national dangerous goods Competent Authorities Panel on these changes, given that the trailers in question travel across boarders and may be licensed in another state. The five-year period allows for existing dangerous goods tank trailer owners to appropriately schedule the changes to their fleet.”