• Trevor Wetmore

ALC pushes for technology role in road safety

A REPORT based on an inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy has lent weight to calls for the mandatory use of telematics in heavy vehicles, the Australian Logistics Council says.

Interim chief executive Lachlan Benson said the ALC was pleased the report recommended the federal government pursue rapid deployment and accelerated uptake of proven vehicle safety technologies and innovation.

“We similarly welcome the recommendation to establish a federal road safety entity to report to a Cabinet-level minister with responsibility for national road safety, which will help drive more consistent national outcomes in this area,” Mr Benson said.

The former Sydney Ports Corporation executive noted the recent ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit heard from numerous experts and industry practitioners about the way new technologies are improving safety.

“ALC believes now is the ideal time to build on those outcomes by mandating the use of telematics in heavy vehicles, to combat speed and fatigue issues, and allow industry participants and governments to plan safety initiatives and infrastructure including heavy vehicle rest areas more effectively,” Mr Benson said.

“We welcome the fact there is momentum building for the introduction of telematics and a heavy vehicle accreditation scheme, as evidenced in a recent speech by National Transport Commission chief executive Paul Retter setting out priority areas for the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.”

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