Safety and productivity for road transport operations in the oil industry

The Transport Committee of the Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) is seeking to optimize the safety and productivity of road tanker operations. The oil industry has, for a number of years, been at the forefront of safety initiatives in the road transport industry. Many of these initiatives flowed through to the general transport industry. Examples of AIP leadership in heavy vehicle safety include codes of practice for road tanker operation, combination vehicle braking, driver training and health screening, and the initiation of Australian research into vehicle stability. The oil industry has also pioneered the use of speed limiters, on-board computers and anti- lock braking. The productivity of oil industry road vehicles is tied to gross and axle weight limits and achievable payloads. Recent years have seen strong efforts to reduce the tare weights of road tankers, and very significant tare weight reductions have been achieved. It is likely that tare weights have now reached a plateau, and productivity improvements will be sought in increased weight limits; such increases will be sought in conjunction with improvements in vehicle safety characteristics. The oil industry acknowledges that there are costs associated with the constant improvement in vehicle safety and is prepared to meet these costs. Some degree of offsetting may be achieved through productivity improvements.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP). Transport Committee

  • Authors:
    • Sweatman, P
  • Publication Date: 1991-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 1 vol (various pagings)
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 91-92-09

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01432744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:11PM