Every year we have a series of adverts and news pieces online, on TV, radio and in the press about how to stop the Christmas carnage on our roads. The population of Australia hits the roads hard for the next few weeks and there are inevitably deaths.
Drivers who only commute in the city get out on the major highways and drive for way too many hours in conditions outside of their experience in a fully loaded car. If they are unlucky they may end up in an accident with a truck, and that is never going to end well.
According to NTI, the latest truck crash statistics reveal 93 per cent of multi-vehicle fatalities involving a heavy vehicle in Australia are caused by cars. As part of a campaign where the nation’s trucking industry leaders have united to urge all road users to put themselves in the driver’s seat, NTI and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator have published this video.
“We know there is often a negative public perception when it comes to truck safety and accidents however this data tells a different story,” said Tony Clark, NTI CEO. “It’s important to remember trucks are the lifeblood of Australia. As Australia’s number one truck insurer, NTI processes more than 13,000 claims from truck drivers each year and we have the nation’s most comprehensive data. Leading in to Christmas we face a 14 per cent spike in claims.”
The Deputy Prime Ministers wants the truckies of Australia to get home safely:
NHVR Acting Chief Executive Officer Ray Hassall says the recent Chain of Responsibility (CoR) changes make everyone involved with the trucking industry more accountable for safety.
“Any time a person or business sends or receives goods using a heavy vehicle they have a shared responsibility to ensure safety,” said Ray. “If you’re a motorist, be aware that heavy vehicles require more distance to slow down, need more space when turning and need access to rest bays and truck stops.”
The NHVR and NTI kicked off a Christmas social media campaign with tips for drivers to ensure they operate safely around heavy vehicles.