ATA CONVENTION: Daimler boss calls for lower insurance

Safer trucks should qualify for lower insurance premiums, Daimler Trucks boss says

Safer trucks should qualify for lower insurance premiums, according to Daimler Trucks senior executive Carlo Beltrame.

Beltrame made the call at the Australian Trucking Convention, after National Transport Insurance (NTI) boss Owen Driscoll presented research showing inappropriate speed was a factor in many heavy vehicle accidents.

With Mercedes-Benz offering a wide range of technologies aimed at reducing or eliminating truck accidents, Beltrame says operators who choose these options should qualify for lower insurance premiums.

"While all trucks meet a minimum standard, technology has been proven to react faster than a person in emergencies, reducing the risk of an accident," Beltrame says.

He also believes chain Of responsibility laws will increase the take-up of these technologies aimed at making the freight task safer.

"We acknowledge the likelihood of any accident the truck is involved in will be bigger, but that is the point, the technology, such as proximity control is designed to eliminate small accidents, and reduce the impact of bigger ones," he told delegates.

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