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May 20, 2016

TRUCK CRASH FATALITIES * Australia: Fell 80%

* South Australia - Fatal articulated truck crash rate falls by 80 per cent

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--- The new figures show the rate of fatal articulated truck crashes fell 80 per cent between 1982 and 2015. The figures were compiled by the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) at the University of Adelaide from government statistics... “Safety is always the trucking industry’s first priority. These figures show the dramatic improvement we have achieved, with the fatal crash rate for articulated trucks falling by 80 per cent between 1982 and 2015,” ATA CEO Chris Melham said... “During this time, the number of articulated trucks on Australian roads doubled... Even as truck and car numbers have grown, the rate of fatal accidents has fallen thanks to better roads, improvements in vehicle design, stronger laws and the industry’s own commitment to safety" ... “In contrast, there is no proven link between the price fixing established by the former Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and safety. The safety figures used by the TWU to justify the tribunal have been shown to be flawed... Instead of improving safety, the RSRT made small trucking businesses uncompetitive, and imposed an enormous paperwork burden on the industry,” he said... 
(Image Authoritative)   --  Adelaide, SA, Australia - ATA Friday Facts - 20 May 2016

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