Call for improved train lighting to save lives

Tuesday, 16 April, 2024

Call for improved train lighting to save lives

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is calling for better lighting of trains to be made a legal requirement in order to save lives at level crossings.

The call came in response to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator’s (ONRSR) draft Code of Practice on Level Crossings and Train Visibility.

“The code’s voluntary and non-binding nature is problematic for improving train illumination,” said ATA Chair David Smith. “Accidents at night-time represent a significant proportion of total road deaths, suggesting that decreased visibility plays a significant role in collisions.

“Road users and rail workers are dying, and better lighting on locomotives and wagons, such as flashing beacon lights and side lights, could prevent crashes and save lives.”

Smith emphasised that train conspicuousness was a critical aspect of level crossing safety.

“Trucks are required by law to meet minimum lighting and illumination standards. There is no reason why trains should not be subject to similar requirements,” he said.

“The ATA urges ONRSR to seize this opportunity to demonstrate the rail industry’s dedication to achieving zero deaths and serious injuries at level crossings.”

The ATA represents 60,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the trucking industry on issues of national importance.

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