House of Representatives Committees

House Standing Committee on Road Safety

Inquiry into heavy vehicle safety


On 31 May 1977, the Standing Committee on Road Safety tabled its report entitled Heavy vehicle safety.

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This report is available in two parts to reduce download size.
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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 8 chapters and 14 appendices.

Heavy vehicle safety

Part A: Preliminary pages up to Chapter 4 (PDF 3489KB)
Committee Membership, Contents, List of Recommendations, List of Abbreviations

Ch1: Introduction

Ch2: Regulatory measures bearing on safety
Ch3: The nature and extent of the problem
Ch4: Accident avoidance

Part B: Chapter 5 to Appendix 14 (end) (PDF 4402KB)

Ch5: Occupant protection
Ch6: Roadworthiness
Ch7: The driver
Ch8: Conclusion

Appendix 1: List of witnesses
Appendix 2: Application of Australian Design Rules to heavy vehicles by vehicle category and date
Appendix 3: Manufacturing costs per vehicle of safety related Australian Design Rules
Appendix 4: Summaries of dimensional limits, speed limits and weight limitations to basic vehicle types.
Appendix 5: Basic vehicle options manufactured by International
Harvester Ltd
Appendix 6: Estimates of freight and passenger transport task in Australia
Appendix 7: Statistical summaries on vehicle accident involvement in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia
Appendix 8: South Australian accidents involving heavy vehicles in 1974
Appendix 9: Mechanical failure - component against accident type and accident severity

Appendix 10: Statistics on roll-over and jack-knife accidents in oil company owned and operated equipment - July 1975 to November 1976
Appendix 11: Draft Regulation 410 on rear marking plates
Appendix 12: Draft Regulation 1710 on rear-end protection
Appendix 13: Draft Regulation 120 on limitations on alterations to motor vehicles
Appendix 14: Section 148(1) of the South Australian Motor Vechicles Act 1959-1976

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