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26 March 2002 B13/2002

TRUCK AND BUS FATALITIES DOWN

Trucks and buses were involved in fewer crashes and fatalities in the twelve months to February 2002 than in the previous twelve month period.

Referring to the latest Australian Transport Safety Bureau statistics, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Regional Services, Senator Ron Boswell, congratulated the drivers of these larger vehicles for the extra caution they, and other motorists, are exercising on the roads.

"In the year to February 2002, the number of crashes involving articulated trucks and buses dropped by around 11.5% and the number of fatalities involving these vehicles dropped by around 20%," Senator Boswell said.

"There are more of these heavy vehicles on the road and I am heartened that the increase in their numbers on the roads has not translated into higher road crash and fatal figures.

"Obviously all road users must share the road and these figures suggest that more motorists are taking into account the limitations of larger vehicles when it comes to issues such as overtaking, stopping suddenly or pulling out in front of them."

The number of crashes involving articulated trucks has reduced from 164 in the twelve months to February 2001 to 145 in the twelve months to February 2002 (11.6% drop). The number of fatalities involving articulated trucks reduced from 209 to 168 over the same period (19.6% drop).

The number of crashes involving buses has reduced from 26 in the twelve months to February 2001 to 23 in the twelve months to February 2002 (11.5% drop). The number of fatalities involving buses reduced from 30 to 24 over the same period (20.0% drop).

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's Road Fatalities Australia, February 2002, Bulletin is available at www. atsb.gov.au

Media Contact: Leah Nicoll Brisbane (07) 3001 8150

TRUCK AND BUS FATALITIES DOWN

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