Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder briefed on Shepparton region's spate of truck crashes.DARREN LINTON October 9, 2012 5:44am
A Country Fire Authority firefighter hoses down the burnt wreckage of the B-double truck that crashed on Hume Fwy near Violet Town on October 2. The driver died in the crash.
Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder concedes heavy vehicle fatigue laws may need to be reviewed in the wake of a spike in truck crashes.
There have been a dozen truck crashes on the region’s roads since September 1, but Mr Mulder said he had been told there was no single explanation for the incidents.
‘‘If we ever have a spike in a particular type of accident, there is always an analysis of the information to try and work out what is the cause of it,’’ Mr Mulder said yesterday.
‘‘If there is a particular cause, then it is dealt with as an infrastructure change, or speed limits or whatever.
‘‘That work is ongoing and what I do know is there is no single cause of the recent crashes on the Hume Fwy.
‘‘I know some of those have had tragic consequences and have been very disruptive, but VicRoads .
Mr Mulder, who has his own heavy vehicle licence, said in more than 50 per cent of crashes the cause was not the heavy vehicle driver.
Mr Mulder accepted anecdotal evidence from truck drivers the national fatigue management system often forced them to rest when they were not tired and continue driving when they needed a break.
‘‘I don’t dispute outright what the drivers are saying,’’ Mr Mulder said.
‘‘If it is not working, if it is causing a problem, then that needs to be looked at again.’’
The minister also raised his own concerns about the logbook regime, which he said took no account of the driver’s condition at the start of a shift.
He said recovery from illness, disturbed sleep the night before and a range of other factors could affect a driver.
‘‘It is something that I’ve always been concerned about and I have raised concerns about that issue at a national level,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m not 100 per cent convinced that the current arrangements give us the best possible outcome.
‘‘I believe we need to have another look at it.’’
State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said an investigation was warranted.
‘‘The recent spate of truck accidents and fatalities has highlighted an ongoing problem of accidents on seemingly good sections of road,’’ Dr Sykes said.
‘‘The starting point should be a review of existing data and identifying risk factors of which fatigue, boredom and driver inexperience are commonly suggested factors.’’
Friday matches return to Shepparton District Tennis Association tonight with the feature match being between McEwen Reserve and Lemnos.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
The Echuca Pirates will be hoping for a third win this weekend when they tackle the Wodonga Wolves.
Rochester Tigers take on Rochester United today in the Goulburn Murray Cricket Twenty20 match.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
Seymour branch has had donations of ponies, but is looking for more.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
Heathcote teenager Murray Colbert will be performing in the finals of the 2014 Lazenby Young blues Guitarist Awards.
Moira Shire Council says 36 cents of every dollar spent on staff costs is 'not an unusual number'.
Works on Edward River Beach to Beach Walk to be completed.
Further redundancies at Victoria’s largest rural water corporation, Goulburn-Murray Water, are possible, with more efficiency reviews being carried out.
Rotary's inaugural Community Policing Award goes to Detective Leading Senior Constable Jenny Parker for her work above and beyond her duties working with victims of sexual abuse.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.