Survey highlights massive road safety investment by trucking industry

Survey highlights massive road safety investment by trucking industry

A new report released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has found the trucking industry in the US invests at least $12,7 billion (AUD) in safety each year.

The reporting finding the industry invests that large sum each year, primarily in four areas:

  • On-board Technology: Collision avoidance and mitigation systems, blind spot warning systems, stability control, video event recorders, electronic logging devices and other safety technologies.
  • Driver Training: Safety training, staff wages and consultants, safety retraining and coaching and hazardous materials training.
  • Safety Pay: Awards and bonuses based on improved safety performance.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Motor vehicle and driver record checks, drug and alcohol testing, voluntary safety audits, safety staff wages and benefits as well as safety consultants.

While that figure doesn’t include general and routine maintenance costs such as purchasing new brakes, tires or trucks, which would increase the total significantly, according to ATA Executive Vice President of National Advocacy Dave Osiecki.

“We know this industry prioritizes and invests in improving safety on our nation’s highways,”

“With the results of this survey, we now can put a dollar figure on that investment and that figure is significant.”

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