New fatigue research body to reduce truck crashes

According to David Simon, Chairman of the Australian Trucking Association, the Australian Government’s decision to fund a new Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Alertness, Safety and Productivity has the potential to reduce the number of fatigue related truck crashes.

“The need for more research was one of the issues we raised during our TruckWeek delegation program at Parliament House in August last year,” Simon said.

“The Government’s decision recognises that addressing driver fatigue and alertness is vital for the trucking industry’s safety. Although the proportion of serious truck accidents caused by fatigue has halved, insurance industry figures show that fatigue still causes 10 per cent of serious truck crashes.”

Last Saturday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the new CRC will receive $14.5 million to help reduce the burden of impaired alertness on the safety, productivity and health of all Australians.

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