Mixed performance on fatal heavy vehicle incidents


Articulated deaths down but heavy rigids figures on the rise, latest BITRE stats show

October 21, 2013

Fatal articulated truck crashes appear to have resumed a falling trend, the latest quarterly figures show

For the 12 months to March 2013, such crashes stood at 110, compared with 124 in the previous 12 months.

However, the story for heavy rigid trucks is of a reverse, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)
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Fatal articulated truck crash numbers have zigzagging around the 120 mark annually for the past four years but have rarely broken through the floor that figure.

But with deaths at nearly half those recorded in the 2013 March quarter compared with the previous two March quarters – 18, as against 32 in 2012 and 30 in 2011 – the industry will hope that this can continue.

For it to
continue
strongly, Victoria will have to step up to the mark as such crashes have risen 66.7 per cent in the year to March 2013, with all other states bar Queensland showing heavy falls, though it too was in negative territory.

Indeed, at 11.5 per cent growth over the past three years as against falls everywhere bar the Northern Territory, Victoria has work to do.

But Victoria was not the villain state for fatal heavy rigid crashes. That title is Western Australia’s where they rose 100 per cent to 16 in the year to March 2013 and 62.5 per cent over the previous three years.

Queensland is next worst, with rises of 47.1 per cent and 29.5 per cent respectively.

And, while New South Wales saw its 12-month figure rise 40 per cent over the previous year, it still recorded a 9.4 per cent fall over the previous three years.

For the 12 months to March 2013, such crashes nationally
stood at 96, compared with 75 in the preceding
12 months, a rise of 28 per cent.

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