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NHVR and ATA issue Level Crossing Safety Notice

The NHVR and Australian Trucking Association have issued the National Level Crossing Safety Notice to help truck drivers remain vigilant at level crossings.

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Announced on March 4, the Notice is designed to remind heavy vehicle drivers of the potentially life-saving safety measures they must adhere to around rail lines while also including statistics and do’s and don’ts. ATA CEO, Mathew Munro, said the safety notice was a part of a shared commitment to reducing fatalities and injuries at the more than 20,000 level crossings intersecting with roads and pathways across the country.

“Between 1 July 2014 and 31 December 2022, there were 39 lives lost and 49 serious injuries at Australia’s rail crossings,” he said. “We’re putting out a unified reminder for truck drivers to prioritise not only their own safety, but the safety of their fellow road users and rail workers.”

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, OAM said level crossings presented unique challenges for heavy vehicles, meaning drivers needed to be aware of their surroundings and avoid any distractions when approaching rail lines.

“Trucks don’t have the same stopping time as lighter vehicles, so it’s critical all heavy vehicle drivers take extra caution around the tracks,” he said. “Taking a risk at a level crossing is never worth it, and by following the guidelines in the safety alert, we can collectively reduce the likelihood of tragedy occurring and ensure all road users reach their destination safely.”

The National Level Crossing Safety Notice can be read in full here.


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