Mandate autonomous emergency braking to save lives | TRANSPORT NEWS

“The Australian Government should require all new trucks to have advanced braking technology,” says Australian Trucking Association CEO Ben Maguire. 

Mr Maguire was releasing the ATA’s response to the Infrastructure Department’s regulatory impact statement on requiring autonomous emergency braking (AEBS) for new trucks.

Autonomous emergency braking is a safety system that generates a collision warning and then applies emergency braking if there is a danger of a rear end collision with a vehicle in the same lane. 

“In conjunction with extending mandatory electronic stability control, or ESC, to new rigid trucks, requiring autonomous emergency braking for all new trucks would save more than a hundred lives and prevent more than 2,500 serious injuries,” Mr Maguire said.

“It’s particularly important that AEBS and ESC are mandated for new rigid trucks on the timeframe proposed in the RIS: November 2020 for new model rigid trucks and November 2022 for new rigid trucks generally. 

The ATA and its member associations collectively represent the 50,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the Australian trucking industry. Together, we are committed to safety, professionalism and viability.

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