Stable moves on some fuel trucks ahead of enforcement
Linfox is not waiting for mandatory anti-rollover regulations, saying it will install electronic stability control (ESC) on a number of trucks.
Linfox says it will have the anti-rollover technology on every one of its fuel tankers for BP contracts.
It is understood that the safety measure has been included at the insistence of the fuel company, but both bodies will be looking to avoid the tragedy and bad press that has recently dogged other firms.
Linfox recently secured the contract to carry BP fuel to Sydney and Newcastle, and may now be looking to score points for a number of other BP contracts being tendered nationwide.
A Linfox spokesperson has confirmed to industry media outlets [http://www.fullyloaded.com.au/news/industry/1403/linfox-commits-to-electronic-stability-control/ ]that for the BP contract, both trucks and trailers will feature electronic stability control (ESC).
The company says it will be using new vehicles.
The New South Wales Government has ordered that all new dangerous goods tanker trailers must have stability control from July. The technology must be installed on every dangerous goods tanker operating in NSW by 2019.
With many vehicles running for over 20 years, the retrofitting regulation is expected to come at a significant cost to operators.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority estimates that re-fitting of older tankers could cost up to $10,000.
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed the NSW Government’s stability laws for new and old tankers, and says all other states should follow suit as well.
The ATA has also called for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to build a new database of coroners’ recommendations in relation to fatal truck crashes.
The nation-wide database could be used to record government responses to safety recommendations such as the ESC rollout.