New EPA roll stability initiative applies to all DG tankers

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has announced a key heavy vehicle road safety initiative will be extended to all dangerous goods tankers.

Under the change, the EPA now requires all DG tankers to be fitted with a roll stability system.

Previously it was only compulsory in new tank trailers.

The requirement has been in effect since 1 January 2019.

Steve Beaman from the EPA said the requirement is the completion of a five-year implementation period for existing vehicles, while pertaining to new vehicles since 2014.

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“This critical initiative will assist in making NSW roads safer, protect the environment from hazardous material spills and potentially save lives,” Mr Beaman said.

Roll-over control automatically reduces vehicle speed when sensors detect wheel speed is producing a high risk of a vehicle rolling over.

The safety initiative follows recommendations by the NSW Coroner after a fatal tanker accident in 2009 at East Lynne on the south coast and another serious accident in 2013 at Mona Vale on Sydney’s northern beaches.

“The safe transportation of dangerous goods is a very serious matter and the reforms were introduced as a consequence of fatalities involving heavy vehicles,” Mr Beaman said.

National Bulk Tanker Association Executive Director Rob Perkins welcomed the extension to all vehicles.

“New South Wales has shown real leadership in ensuring this very important safety measure protects vehicles from roll-over,” said Mr Perkins. “This undoubtedly contributes to improved safety for all road users in NSW.”

Compliance checks will be carried out to ensure tank trailers carrying dangerous goods using NSW roads have fitted the roll-over control system.

On-the-spot fines of up to $4,000 may apply for non-compliance.