FUPS by 2011, Govt mandates; retrofitting by 2012

<font color=red><b>UPDATED:</b></font> FUPS on new-model trucks after 2011; all trucks fitted with device by 2012

FUPS by 2011, Govt mandates; retrofitting by 2012
FUPS by 2011, Govt mandates; retrofitting by 2012
September 16, 2009

All new-model heavy vehicles sold after 2011 will be fitted with front underrun protection systems (FUPS), with all new trucks to carry the device 12 months later, the Federal Government has confirmed.

Australian Design Rule 84 will require all new heavy rigid trucks as well as semi-trailers to be fitted with FUPS devices.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says a long and thorough deliberation took place before agreeing to the deadlines, taking into account all areas of the trucking industry.

"The new ADR (84) was the result of a regulatory impact statement process which carefully weighed up of the views of all interested parties, including state and territory governments as well as the heavy vehicle industry," Albanese says.

The new rule has been welcomed by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), which says it worked extensively with the Government to make sure the right measures were taken to protect truck drivers and motorists alike.

"The Australian trucking industry welcomes this new rule as it will contribute to making the roads safer for every motorist," ATA Chairman Trevor Martyn says.

Martyn is pleased the regulation will apply to all heavy vehicles, including semi-trailer prime movers.

"Research shows that more than 70 percent of accidents involving a heavy rigid truck are multiple vehicle accidents," he says.

"By improving the safety of these trucks in multi-vehicle truck crashes the Government is making a significant step towards reducing the risk to other motorists on the road."

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