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QLD's peak motoring body call for safety upgrades in trucks

Sarah Harvey

THE state's peak motoring body has called for the heavy vehicle industry to install life-saving technology in trucks in a bid to reduce the number of serious crashes.

New research, conducted by Monash University Accident Research Centre, found Autonomous Emergency Braking Technology could reduce the number of heavy vehicle crashes by up to 25 percent.

RACQ Executive Manager Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said more than 18 percent of Queensland road fatalities last year involved heavy freight vehicles.

"Heavy vehicle fatalities are over-represented and we need to do all we can to reduce the number of serious crashes," Mr Spalding said.

"A lot of research in the past has investigated the benefits of fitting crash avoidance technology to light vehicles, but this is the first time we've seen evidence of its effects in heavy vehicles."

Mr Spalding said there was also evidence to support the introduction of other crash avoidance technology.

With more trucks on the road, now is the time to act.

Topics:  big rigs road safety

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