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ATA Policy Manager to visit US

The University of Michigan’s Transport Research Institute (UMTRI) is committed to performing research to increase driving safety and transportation systems knowledge – and as such, has invited the ATA’s National Policy Manager, David Coonan to address staff and students on 22-23 February.

As one of the world’s leading researchers of heavy vehicle safety, UMTRI operates a $13.7 million research program staffed by 141. The research conducted by UMTRI significantly impacts highway transportation practices in the United States and internationally.

Mr Coonan will present two sessions to the institute which will focus on the ATA’s work on innovative combinations, and the safe systems approach to transport planning.

“The ATA’s work on innovative combinations such as BAB Quads and AB Triples is of great interest to the staff at UMTRI,” said Mr Coonan.

“To many in the US, the road train is an iconic symbol of the Australian trucking industry. I’ll be showing staff and students at UMTRI how we are working to improve on the classic design of the road train to improve safety and efficiency in the Australian market.

“The new innovative combinations the ATA are promoting are safer by design than traditional road trains, because their road stability is much better.

“Similarly, the work the ATA has undertaken on the safe systems approach to transport planning will be of interest to UMTRI.

“The safe systems approach recognises that drivers will make mistakes; after all, they are only human. As a result, the ATA is urging transport authorities to use the five key points of safer roads, safer drivers, safer trucks, safer companies and safer customers when planning transport systems.

“The opportunity to speak at UMTRI is a great honour and shows the work the ATA is doing to improve safety on Australia’s roads is being recognised by leaders in transport safety internationally.

“The opportunity will also allow the ATA to share knowledge with staff at UMTRI, which will have a direct benefit to the Australia trucking industry.”

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