The safety of construction trucks has come under the spotlight with the Australian Trucking Association calling on federal and state governments to improve safety on major infrastructure projects by making TruckSafe accreditation a mandatory part of construction contracts.
ATA Chief Executive Ben Maguire said the “safe” trucking businesses that joined the ATA member associations like Road Freight NSW and the safety management scheme TruckSafe are tired of reports about the small number of “unsafe” trucks on the road.
The call came after inspections at Sydney’s WesConnex project.
Maguire said the government should make TruckSafe or a similar accreditation, mandatory for construction contracts.
Businesses who belong to TruckSafe must meet tighter safety and maintenance rules than the law requires. They are also regularly audited by independent, expert auditors.
Mr Maguire also highlighted the financial benefits for companies signing up.
He reminded construction firms that as of mid 2018, chain of responsibility laws will be altered to include truck maintenance and everyone in the chain including company executives have a personal due diligence obligation to ensure truck maintenance or they could face hefty fines and a prison sentence. Find out more https://www.bigrigs.com.au/news/ata-calls-focus-construction-trucks/3204004/
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