Centre for Road Safety

Smarter crash avoidance

A study by the Monash University Accident Research Centre shows how crash avoidance technologies could improve safety for heavy vehicle drivers and everyone else on the road.

Potential Safety Benefits of Emerging Crash Avoidance Technologies was commissioned by The Vehicle Safety Research Group. The group  includes Transport for NSW’s Centre for Road Safety, the Australian and New Zealand federal transport agencies, the NZAA and most Australian car clubs, and the Victorian Transport Accident Commission. It uses data from more than 7 million real-world crashes to investigate possible ways to improve road safety.

Clever safety systems

To help reduce road trauma, we independently reviewed a wide range of heavy vehicle crash avoidance and harm minimising technologies. Some of the safety systems featured in our updated Safety Technologies for Heavy Vehicles and Combinations (PDF, 1.53Mb) include reverse autonomous emergency braking, anti jack-knife braking, rollover side curtain airbags, tipper safety systems and special wide-angle lenses on windows.

Electronic work diaries

To help improve heavy vehicle safety, Transport for NSW funded a $5m national pilot to assess the feasibility of electronic work diaries for heavy vehicle drivers. Electronic work diaries have the potential to replace the written work diaries currently required by law to be used by many truck and bus drivers.

The Final Report – Operational Pilot of Electronic Work Diaries (PDF, 1.57Mb), showed the electronic diaries offered safety and productivity benefits for the transport industry and made it easier for drivers and operators to meet fatigue rules and address compliance risks and inefficiencies. The pilot assessed how electronic work diaries performed in terms of safety, driver and other user acceptance, technical feasibility, legislation and policy, cost benefit and speed monitoring.

More information

Other reports on electronic work diaries can be found on the Transport Certification Australia website and the National Transport Commission website.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is developing a national implementation plan that will allow voluntary use of electronic work diaries.