ATA pushes for mandatory TruckSafe accreditation

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TruckSafe for construction trucks?

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is concerned about the safety of truck drivers working on some of the major infrastructure projects currently being undertaken across the nation.

Sydney is leading the way with new infrastructure being rolled out at record levels, including the $17 billion WestConnex road network.

It was on that construction site where police and RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) officers inspected construction trucks just this week.

The ATA CEO Ben Maguire was on hand and says the best way to ensure that trucks are properly maintained is by making TruckSafe accreditation a mandatory part of construction contracts.

“It was impressive to see first-hand how the NSW Police delivered such a professional intervention to raise the standards on our roads,” Mr Maguire said.

“But they shouldn’t have had to do the inspections at all.

“The professional, safe trucking businesses that join ATA member associations like Road Freight NSW and our safety management scheme, TruckSafe, are sick and tired of hearing reports about the small minority of unsafe trucks on the road.

“Governments and businesses need to act now to make construction trucks safer.

“The Australian and state governments should make TruckSafe accreditation, or its equivalent, a mandatory part of construction contracts.”

TruckSafe is the industry’s own safety management scheme and claims to have tighter safety and maintenance rules than are required by law, and are audited regularly by independent, expert auditors.

Check out more details on TruckSafe.

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