2021 NatRoad Conference

Reduction in Truck Crashes Welcomed, But Education Needed

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) welcomes the research released today that shows a reduction in crashes involving trucks in 2020.

Research funded by National Transport Insurance (NTI) and conducted by National Transport Accident Research Centre (NTARC), found that despite NTI’s portfolio increasing by 11.4% in 2020 compared with 2019, there were only 4 more incidents reported in 2020. A welcome trend.

However, the research highlighted that interactions between light and heavy vehicles remains an area of concern, finding that in fatal incidents involving a car and a truck, the car was at fault in just under 80% of the time.

“It’s clear that Australia needs to embrace a better on-road culture, where light vehicle drivers are more aware of the requirements to drive safely around heavy vehicles,” Mr Warren Clark, NatRoad CEO said.

“This could be addressed through Government-run public awareness campaigns and driver education programs for new and existing licence holders. Light-vehicle driver education should be addressed as a matter of urgency.

NatRoad is committed to road safety and congratulates NTI for producing worthwhile industry research.