The latest figures from Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show a positive trend in heavy vehicle truck statistics. The findings reveal that fatal crashes involving heavy trucks have decreased by 12 per cent in the 12 months to March 2019.
There have been 147 fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles, in comparison to 167 with the previous corresponding period. This is the first time in the last decade that the figure dropped below 150, BITRE said.
The good news is that fatal crashes involving articulated trucks dropped 5.6 per cent compared with the corresponding period the previous year.
New South Wales saw the biggest decline in articulated truck fatal crashes, almost half 2016 levels, at 26 following 2017’s spike to 46.
Western Australia dropped from 15 articulated truck fatal crashes to 5 and Tasmania declined from 7 to just 4. Victoria also saw a decline from 17 to 11.