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Safety plea follows Christmas trends, Chain of Responsibility

Prominent road transport industry leaders have united to urge all road users to put themselves in the driver’s seat, following concerns about road safety leading up to Christmas.

In a joint media release from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and National Transport Insurance (NTI), recent statistics reveal 93 per cent of multi-vehicle fatalities involving a heavy vehicle in Australia are caused by cars.

NTI CEO, Tony Clark, said the NTI data shows truck drivers are more often not at fault in high-profile accidents.

“We know there is often a negative public perception when it comes to truck safety and accidents however this data tells a different story,” he said.

“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.”

“Most truck drivers are professional, and many also have families waiting for them at home. The best gift from motorists this Christmas is to help everyone stay safe,” he said.

The safety plea comes as new laws are introduced governing Australia’s trucking industry.

NHVR Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ray Hassall, said 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 Hassall.

“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,” he said.

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