VTA releases TEBARS guidelines

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has released a Truck Emergency Breakdown & Roadside Safety Guidance (TEBARS) document, designed to increase safety during roadside truck breakdowns where towing is required.

TEBARS was officially launched during Freight Week 2013 in Melbourne and was developed as a specific request from the VTA’s On-Road Operators Group.

“Following identification of a major safety issue around trucks in breakdown situations, a group of experienced industry and WorkSafe Victoria representatives worked together over a number of years to complete this guideline,” the VTA said.

“The aim of this guide is to share guidance in order to eliminate or reduce the potential for injuries where vehicle and people interaction occurs when attending to a broken down truck on the roadside up to the point of requiring towing.

“It reflects the outcomes of engagement within workplaces across the supply chain in identifying the ‘do’s’ and ‘do not’s’ of effective separation of people and passing vehicles.”

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