Benchmarking truck safety in Australia

Haworth, Narelle L., Vulcan, Peter, & Sweatman, Peter (2003) Benchmarking truck safety in Australia. Road and Transport Research: a journal of Australian and New Zealand research and practice.


This study was carried out to benchmark the safety performance of Australia's road transport industry against the safety performance of similar industries in a range of OECD countries. Its purpose was to guide the development of future policies to improve the safety of the Australian road transport industry, and to provide a focus for the national heavy vehicle safety strategy. Comparisons were made of truck fatalities in Australia, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Sweden. Fatality rates were used because of the range of comparable data. Injury data were not used because injury reporting criteria and completeness of reporting vary within Australia and in other countries. The study found that Australia's heavy vehicle fatality rate per kilometre travelled is 47% higher than the USA, 39% higher than the UK, comparable to Germany and Canada, 20% lower than Sweden, 45% lower than France, and 55% lower than New Zealand. The higher fatality rates on Australian roads compared to Great Britain and the United States maybe largely explained by the lower proportion of truck travel on divided and limited access roads in Australia, and possibly truck speed limits. Areas that have the potential to improve the safety performance of the heavy vehicle industry include road standards, targeted low cost road safety treatments, single vehicle crashes, day and night time driving, measures to improve the safety of truck occupants, front and rear underrun protection, appropriate speed limits, and data collection.

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ID Code: 8399
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1037-5783
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 ARRB Group Ltd.
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:27

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