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The latest NTARC report validates the link between vehicle standards and safety performance

Operators who effectively maintain their vehicles are less likely to be involved in an accident, according to critical anonymized road collision data reported by insurance companies NTI and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

For the first time, both organizations have put together a study to minimize risk and create a safer workplace for truck drivers.

We have created a new report that examines the relationship between vehicle standards and safety performance by examining data from NTI’s NTARC Serious Accident Investigation Report and NHVR’s National Road Resistance Baseline Survey.

Traditionally, there was little evidence to prove a link between vehicle maintenance and serious incidents, as the organizations that hold data about vehicle condition and those that have access to collision data are separated.

This initiative between NHVR and NTI is seen as an important step forward in sharing insights.

The report explores 10 key areas such as brakes, couplings, steering and suspension, wheels and tires, structures, seats, lights, mirrors, windshields, engines and drivelines, and improves maintenance deficiencies and increased complaint frequency. I confirmed that there is a correlation with. cost.

Adam Gibson, NTI Transport & Logistics Risk Engineer, author of the report, said the links were particularly clear in two categories.

“For carriers with poorly maintained couplings, the frequency increased by 29% and the billing cost increased by 22%. For wheel and tire defects, the frequency was 32% higher than the baseline and the cost was 26%. It was expensive, “Gibson said.

“It is important to note that this does not indicate that the crash was caused by a flaw in these systems, but operators with trucks with poorly maintained couplings, wheels and tires , Was involved in more claims. Links are correlated, not the cause. “

Gibson said there was one category that produced amazing results.

“Compared to the baseline of an operator who owns a vehicle with a defective braking system, the frequency is 3% higher and the cost is 4% higher. This is how the braking system was tested in 2016. The process is currently undergoing a major overhaul, “he said.

NHVR Director Vehicle Safety and Performance Peter Austin said the report emphasizes the importance of regular and effective maintenance over the entire fleet of heavy vehicles.

“A well-maintained vehicle operating on our network is essential to the safety of all road users,” he said.

“NHVR has been working on evidence-based enforcement for many years, so we take a national risk-based approach to check whether heavy vehicles in the fleet are maintained,” Austin said. Stated.

“If you have a history of non-compliance, intervene early and investigate further to prevent potential accidents.

“This report represents an important step forward, and the expertise and insights shared between regulators and insurance companies provide an opportunity to reduce road fatalities.”

The new report arrives just months after NTI has been named a recipient of the NHVR 2020 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, a federal-backed grant.

The latest NTARC report validates the link between vehicle standards and safety performance The latest NTARC report validates the link between vehicle standards and safety performance

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