Centre for Road Safety

In 2017, there were 83 fatalities from crashes involving heavy vehicles.

Latest crash data

You can find detailed road crash data presented via interactive reports in
Heavy vehicles - Fatalities and fatal crashes.

Crashes involving heavy vehicles are often serious because of their size and weight, regardless of who is at fault. While their numbers make up only 2.4 per cent of NSW motor vehicle registrations and 8.3 per cent of kilometres travelled by all NSW vehicles, heavy vehicles are involved in about 17 per cent of all road fatalities.

The Be Truck Aware public education campaign urges all road users to take extra care around trucks.

 
in 2017, there were 470 serious injuries from crashes involving heavy vehicles

Our NSW Heavy Truck Fatal Crashes (PDF, 33Kb) has detailed information on fatalities and serious injuries involving heavy trucks.

Our safety tips for heavy vehicle drivers explain how speeding, fatigue, non-use of seatbelts and dangerous loads can lead to crashes, with heavy vehicle drivers and other road users seriously injured or killed.

Any heavy vehicle that is higher than 4.3m is considered overheight in NSW. Drivers need to make sure they know the combined height of their vehicle and its load to avoid overheight incidents.

Crash avoidance and safety technologies have helped reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes.

Licence conditions has details of some of the classifications and restrictions that apply to heavy vehicle drivers.

In 2017, there were 1148 casualty crashes involving heavy vehicles

Monitoring compliance

You can find details of how road transport laws regarding heavy vehicles are enforced and monitored on the Roads and Maritime Services website.

M1 Pacific Motorway heavy vehicle lane restrictions trial

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out a 12 month trial of heavy vehicle lane restrictions on the M1 Pacific Motorway from 1 November 2018. The trial on the motorway will include traffic in both directions between Wahroonga and Kariong.

The trial is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to keeping traffic moving on one of the state’s busiest roads and aims to improve road safety, traffic flow and increase driver comfort.