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Accident Cause - Investigation Pending 0.35

2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015

0.30 0.25 0.20 0.15 0.10 0.05 0

Inappropriate speed

Fatigue

Fire

Mechanical

Theft

At fault – driver error

Not at fault

Contributory negligence

“There has been some research into the causes of fatigue at a personal level, such as sleep apnoea, which we believe can be taken to the next level.” It says efforts to tackle driver tiredness should be maintained, and it calls on governments “to invest in heavy vehicle rest areas and further resources to contribute to fatigue management, driver training and a better understanding of the science of sleep”. NTI Chief Underwriting Officer Chris Hogarty wants to see more research on tiredness. “There is a desire to understand the effectiveness of current fatigue management programs and the adherence to these standards before considering the creation of more reform,” he tells Insurance News. “The whole of industry needs to be involved in this, including regulators, operators and industry bodies. There has been some research into the causes of fatigue at a personal level, such as sleep apnoea, which we believe can be taken to the next level.” The report covers major truck crashes in Australia where NTI was the underwriter and the loss exceeded $50,000. It features 606 incidents reported to NTI in 2015, accounting for $85.4 million in settlements and about 7.5% of all claims by number. “Since the previous report released in 2015, the number of large losses recorded has increased by 10.3%, while the NTI portfolio of units insured has increased through organic growth and acquisition,” the report says. “The incident rate remained constant, with 3.2 major accidents per 1000 units insured. This indicated there was no worsening in major collisions over the past two years. However, the average cost per major incident claim was $140,828, which was a 7.8% cost increase.” insuranceNEWS

The report notes that in 2015 “industry and government agencies continued the evolution of microeconomic reform seeking further uniformity and consistency with road transport law and road regulation. “There was a continuing focus on heavy vehicle accreditation, vehicle roadworthiness, mass, dimensions and loading, fatigue management and consistent on-road enforcement. “As the road freight task continues to expand, opportunities emerge for safer, longer vehicles, with higher productivity and less emissions, as well as a continued emphasis on safer workplaces.” Looking ahead, the report notes that, given national and global economic trends, “we can expect a growth in demand for [road freight] services, although that may not directly translate to profit growth within the transport sector”. “The growth in the task will demand more proficient utilisation of goods-carrying vehicles, and an expansion of the improved efficiencies that will impact on the movement of domestic freight. In a nutshell, more freight on fewer, more efficient and safer vehicles.” Report author Owen Driscoll, previously NTI’s national manager of industry and government relations, announced his retirement soon after this year’s report was published. He has hailed establishing the NTARC in 2002 as one of his key achievements across 43 years with the business. “Ultimately, we realised you can’t fix a problem if you don’t * know where it starts,” he says.

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