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Australian Government considers stability control mandate

The Australian Government has released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) that considers the case for mandating Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for heavy vehicles and Roll Stability Control (RSC) for heavy trailers.

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) said that the proposed changes would affect Australian Design Rules (ADR) 35/06 and 38/05.

The RIS reportedly considers six options including: no intervention, user-information campaigns, fleet purchasing policies, code of practice, mandatory standards under the Competition and Consumer Act, mandatory standards under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act.

“After assessing these options, the RIS recommends a variation of Option six,” ALRTA said in a statement. “Under this option, a new ADR 35/06 would be implemented to require ESC for new prime movers greater than 12 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) and and a new ADR 38/05 would be implemented to require  anti-lock braking systems (ABS) for new trailers greater than 4.5 tonnes Gross Trailer Mass (GTM), with the addition of RSC for new trailers greater than 10 tonnes GTM.

ALRTA said the new requirements would apply to both air and spring suspension, with exemptions from fitment of both ABS and RSC that would apply to converter dollies.

The proposed implementation dates for trucks are: 1 November 2019 for new model vehicles; and 1 November 2021 for all new vehicles.

Proposed implementation dates for heavy trailers are: 1 July 2019 for all new model vehicles; and 1 November 2019 for all new vehicles.

The ALRTA National Council supports a move to mandatory ESC – with appropriate exemptions, including for converter dollies. ALRTA has worked closely with the Australian Government and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) in the lead up to the release of the RIS.

ALRTA will examine the detail contained in the RIS and provide a submission in response.

The Australian Government has invited feedback on the RIS and draft ADRs 35/06 and 38/05, with submissions closing 2 February 2018.

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