Study shows warning systems need attention

A study into truck accidents involving trains at level crossings shows the ineffectiveness of warning systems according to National Transport Insurance (NTI).

“Since 1986 our records indicate 84 incidents where trucks (insured by NTI) and trains have collided with varying degrees of seriousness,” says NTI’s Industry Affairs Manager Owen Driscoll. “Disturbingly, 44% of these crashes have occurred since 2000.”

“A majority of the incidents occurred in daylight hours highlighting the ineffectiveness of warning systems at level crossings and the need for motorists to stay alert, particularly in rural and remote areas,” Driscoll adds.

“With reportedly more than 9400 rail crossings across Australia, NTI strongly advises that immediate action should be taken to protect the safety of road and rail users.”

“Whilst this includes ongoing driver awareness and training, a system that provides earlier warnings for motorists is crucial,” he says.

“With the high cost to the community of these incidents, both in relation to life and property, NTI implores government and industry to identify a solution to this issue.”

Interim findings include: _ In 83% of incidents the road unit was on an outbound journey from home base;

  • In 87% of incidents the heavy vehicle was found to be responsible;
  • 43% occurred in Queensland with the result influenced by incidents with cane trains;
  • Worst day was found to be Wednesday;
  • Worst time was between 9am and 3pm;
  • Worst months were July, September and November.

NTI’s National Centre for Truck Accident Research reviewed, day, month, time, location of rail crossing, freight carried, truck configuration, age/experience of driver and other associated factors in the recent study.

The research focuses on NTI insured heavy vehicle accidents in the hire and reward road freight sector with trucks having a carrying capacity exceeding 4.5 tonnes.

About National Transport Insurance

National Transport Insurance is Australia’s largest truck insurance specialist. NTI provides risk management, claims and assessing management services to the transport industry.

NTI insures over $7 billion in assets, on behalf of over 13,000 policyholders. Originally formed in 1971, NTI is an equal-partner joint venture of CGU and Vero.

For more information please contact: Owen Driscoll (07) 3287 0610, Mobile: 0438 299 205

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