The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed National Transport Insurance's (NTI) move to produce and release the National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) report annually.
“Safety information is critically important to the work the NHVR does and the NTARC report allows us to access major accident data relating to heavy vehicles in a more effective and timely manner,” said NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto.
“This year’s report has identified an increase in the number of heavy vehicle driver fatalities, bucking the trend from previous years.
“In particular, the report findings show fatigue and distraction were a major cause of single heavy vehicle crashes.
“This finding highlights the importance of the work the NHVR is leading to pursue recognition of fatigue and distraction detection technology, which has the potential to be a positive safety game changer in helping to get ahead of these incidents before they occur.
“Also concerning is the continual increase in serious crashes involving heavy vehicles caused by light vehicles and we want all motorists to remember that Trucks Need Space to Keep You Safe.
“It’s important everyone involved in the heavy vehicle industry continues to maintain a strong focus on heavy vehicle safety, we want to see a reduction in heavy vehicle fatalities across the board," he said.