The number of fatal crashes involving heavy articulated and rigid trucks has risen over the past 3 years, according to figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).
Figures from the last quarter of calendar 2016, show that articulated crashes rose by 1.6 per cent and rigid truck crashes rose by 6.2 per cent. Despite a rise in crashes overall, articulate crashes fell 5.9 per cent over the year. Rigid fatal crashes rose by 6.8 per cent.
For the year, 108 people lost their lives in 95 fatal articulated crashes.