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Australian government gives truck width increase green light 

Australian government gives truck width increase green light 
Australian government gives truck width increase green light 

Australia’s assistant minister for transport Caron Brown has announced a historic decision to amend traffic law regulations by increasing the overall truck width. “This Safer Freight Vehicles package responds to direct calls from industry to increase the width limit of trucks and follows extensive public consultation and feedback,” says Brown. The changes under the Safer Freight Vehicles package will come into effect by the first of October 2023. 

The Safer Freight Vehicles package includes an increase to the overall width limit from 2.5m to 2.55m for new trucks that are fitted with several safety features. These features include devices to reduce blind spots, electronic stability control, advanced emergency braking, a lane departure warning system, better reflective markings, and side guards to stop pedestrians and cyclists from being caught up under the rear wheels of trucks.  

“These changes will be a real game changer for the industry, businesses, and other road users, as they will save lives by adopting technology to reduce the likelihood of crashes while also lowering freight costs and supporting better environmental outcomes,” says Brown. 

The government says these changes will provide a net benefit of over $500 million to the national economy. “Our truckies play a vital role in the Australian economy and our day-to-day lives, ensuring we can access the food, medicines, and other goods we need,” says Brown. 

Changes welcomed by HVIA

The organization represents and advances the interests of manufacturers and suppliers of heavy vehicles and their components, equipment, and technology in Australia.

HVIA chief executive Todd Hacking welcomed the government’s decision. “Removing unnecessary roadblocks and impediments to truck safety and productivity underpins what we do, and we thank Minister Brown’s office for recognizing the importance of this reform,” he says. HVIA’s Chief Technical Officer, Adam Ritzinger also welcomed the government’s announcement. “Safety features such as advanced emergency braking and lane departure warning systems will save lives on our roads. Similarly, technologies that improve a truck driver’s field of vision will improve interactions with all road users but will be particularly beneficial for cyclists and pedestrians.”

About the author

Sharl is a qualified journalist. He has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry, including positions as an editor of a magazine and Business Editor of a daily newspaper. Sharl also has experience in logistics specifically operations, where he worked with global food aid organisations distributing food into Africa. Sharl enjoys writing business stories and human interest pieces.

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