The New South Wales (NSW) Government and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) have announced they will work together on a plan to improve truck safety.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey says all states are working together through forums such as the Transport and Infrastructure Council to address the issue.

“We are also making sure that safety is a shared responsibility for all parties in the road transport supply chain,” Pavey said. “We all have a responsibility to prevent safety breaches and ensure our roads are safe.”

Ben Maguire, CEO of ATA, says NSW Government is listening to the industry on safety.

“We have put forward a broad-ranging plan, including better road crash investigation, more consultation on telematics, a focus on building safety features into roads and improvements to both car and truck driver training,” he said. “We will meet again this week to talk about the truck technology now available. We all recognise, though, that the safety discussion needs to include an understanding of what has caused the increase in truck-related fatalities. This is now squarely on the agenda.”