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Heavy vehicle fire prevention conference in August timely

High profile incidents regarding truck fires this year has prompted an investigation by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator amid interest from wider industry to curb the growing amount of incidents.

In what looms as a must-attend event for road transport operators, the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) will host a conference in Royal Randwick in Sydney highlighting the key causes of truck fires on 15 August.

ARTSA member, Dr Peter Hart, a leading forensic expert, who will appear as a keynote speaker, said the causes of heavy vehicle fires were known.

“ARTSA has a 10-point plan for manufacturers, operators and drivers that, if followed, would reduce heavy truck and trailer fires by 90 per cent,” he said.

Truck drivers according to Hart have a role to play in averting disastrous truck fire by being better informed about the danger signs.

Simple checks can be performed during rest breaks.

An information flyer for truck drivers will be made available at the conference where experts, policy makers, manufacturers, operators and component suppliers are being brought together to share their experiences on what is fast becoming one of the largest claims categories for insurers in Australia.

NTI Insurance recently advised that truck fires only make up about 8 per cent of their claims but the fires often resulted in a six-figure payout as the truck, trailer and cargo are destroyed.

Registration is now open and ARTSA members can enjoy a significant discount by using the promotional code ARTSA2019 on the ticketing page.

The event will launch an updated fires advisory that will be useful for all parties involved in manufacturing, operating and maintaining heavy vehicle equipment.

Hart will commence the conference running through Common Causes of Fire. Superintendent Jeff Hogan of Fire & Rescue NSW will address Managing the Incident, NTI Insurance's Adam Gibson will speak on What the Data Shows.

Other speakers include NSW Police Force Chief Inspector Philip Brookes, Chris Loose Truck Industry Council Technical Officer, Peter Austin NHVR Manager Safety Standards and Assurance, Forensic Investigator Bob McKay.

For more information contact ARTSA Executive Director Greg Rowe on 0407 825 132 or

(Image: Peter Hart, ARTSA Executive).

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