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New milk tanker safety initiative

A new road safety initiative for the dairy industry has been launched, with the aim of reducing the number of milk tanker rollovers and crashes.

Funded by the Federal Government through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, the ‘Spilt Milk’ project has been launched by NTI.

Throughout 2022 and 2023, NTI plans to work with drivers, fleet managers and consignors in the dairy supply chain to design and deliver the program.

The Australian dairy industry produces $4.4 billion of milk each year, and is a key export commodity worth $3.4 billion each year.

According to NTI’s data, dairy tankers are up to 2.4 times more likely to be involved in a major crash than other freight transport.

“A dairy tanker has unique engineering and physical attributes that make rollover indicators difficult for even an experienced driver to predict. By the time the driver feels the trailer rolling, it’s already too late. This poses significant risk to the safety of dairy tanker drivers, other road users and the general public,” said NTI.

The Spilt Milk program has been designed in collaboration with consigners and carriers in the Australian dairy industry.

NTI says the program aims to reduce the frequency of dairy tanker crashes through workshops, onboarding resources and online supporting material.

More info can be found here.

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