Heavy vehicle forum for SA

Stakeholders in South Australia’s heavy vehicle industry attended a forum to improve safety

Heavy vehicle forum for SA
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

Safety on South Australia’s South Eastern Freeway is to be improved following an industry forum held at Adelaide Convention Centre last week.

The forum brought together ministers, senior government officials, and industry leaders to consider a range of options to improve safety on the freeway and enhance heavy vehicle safety, standards and operations.

Road Safety Minister Tony Piccolo says the forum was an opportunity for key stakeholders to work with government in delivering a safer road network.

"Support from industry leaders in this process has been greatly appreciated. It clearly demonstrates everyone is keen to see improved safety on the freeway and in the heavy vehicle industry," he says.

"While most heavy vehicle drivers are doing the right thing by using low gear and obeying speed and lane restrictions along the freeway, there are those who are still flouting the law.

"It is very important that all trucks and buses use low gear on the descent – if the correct gear is used, we will not see heavy vehicles putting lives at risk."

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan says key issues had been earmarked for discussion and advancement with those in attendance.

Possible measures which were considered included reducing the current speed limit for heavy vehicles from 60km/h to 40km and conducting an education campaign in relation to vehicles required to use low gear on the freeway descent.

"Short, medium and long-term initiatives have been identified covering three key areas – heavy vehicle regulations, infrastructure improvements and communications," Mullighan says.

"The forum is critical to agree on and start implementing recommendations."

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