The government is looking at increasing the size of trucks, predictably there are some opposing this and looking at expensive and unproven safety systems.
As truck technology improves further efficiencies can be made.
Chief Executive of the Road Transport Forum said underrun bars were an unproven safety system and could cause problems as well as solving them, such as deflecting people or cars into oncoming traffic.
And he said safety would be improved by the proposed changes, even though their main focus was efficiency.
“The whole country benefits from having a more productive and efficient transport sector,” he said.
“The other aspect is that modern trucks are a lot safer. The newer heavier trucks carting the bigger heavier loads have much improved braking systems, they have the latest technology, this is all part of those reforms.”
Associate Minister of Transport, Craig Foss, said the AA could put its views on safety when it makes its response to the draft proposals. Read more »