Australian Trucking Association’s TruckSafe Manager, Justin Fleming, has been has been invited to represent the trucking industry on a new road safety body to help fight the road death epidemic.
The ‘33,900: The Australian Road Safety Collaboration’ group, has been established to help fight the number one killer of people aged 10-24 year olds – road crashes.
While the number of fatalities involving heavy vehicles has steadily decreased, the number of accidents involving other vehicles remains at an unacceptable high.
33,900 is the number of Australians who were killed or seriously injured in road crashes in Australia in 2010.
Mr Fleming said it was an honour to work with a dedicated group of people who were working hard to improve safety on Australia’s roads.
“The trucking industry is also working hard to educate, particularly our younger drivers, on how to share the road safely with trucks,” he said.
As the manager for TruckSafe, the industry’s leading risk and safety management system, Mr Fleming said he understood the importance of a holistic approach to the road safety issue and said the group had identified a number of gaps in the national road safety strategy that would benefit from the new collaboration.
“As a group, we have a huge pool of experience and knowledge to help set a clear direction and achieve safer roads. We can make a difference,” he said
The collaboration forms part of the United Nations, Decade of Action for Road Safety and will focus on creating awareness, assisting road safety agencies and will support road safety activities.
The group is made up of representatives from the areas of road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users and post-crash response.
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About the ATA: The Australian Trucking Association is the peak body that represents the trucking industry. Its members include state and sector trucking associations, major logistics companies and operators and suppliers with leading expertise in truck technology.
About TruckSafe: TruckSafe is the industry’s leading business and risk management system. It is an industry initiative, which delivers competitive advantages to accredited operators.