Heavy commercial vehicle speed and operational safety study: general requirements task report
This paper summarises current Australian and overseas regulations relating to gross mass plating and couplings for heavy commercial vehicles. It is concluded that the proposed requirements for gross mass plating in Victoria are satisfactory and are in accordance with general European requirements. Current regulations in Victoria for articulated vehicle couplings are considered inadequate, however, and it is recommended that: 1) new regulations, based on Australian standards AS 1771, 1772 and 1773, be drafted relating to fifth wheel couplings for prime movers, and that these requirements apply to all new registrations of prime movers. 2) New regulations, based on Australian standard AS 2175, be drafted relating to king pins for semi trailers, and that these requirements apply to all new registrations of semi trailers. The situation relating to trailer couplings is more complex, but it is concluded that sufficient impetus exists for the production of Australian standards which ensure that couplings for heavy commercial vehicles will be satisfactory for the higher speed limits proposed. However, a recommendation for a review of the regulations be made in two years following the publication of relevant Australian standards.
- Heavy commercial vehicle speed and operational safety study, task 7.
- Pearson, R A
- Publication Date: 1978-12
- Pagination: 22P
- TRT Terms: Heavy duty vehicles; Legislation; Regulations; Safety; Speed; Speed limits; Standards; Structural connection; Trailers; Trucks
- Geographic Terms: Victoria
- ATRI Terms: Articulated vehicle; Australian standard; Coupling; Legislation; Safety; Speed; Speed limit; Trailer; Truck; Vehicle regulations
- Subject Areas: Law; Motor Carriers; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 01439120
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: ARRB
- Files: ATRI
- Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:02PM