It appears that the New South Wales Government is set to introduce laws which will make it mandatory for all new bulk tankers carrying dangerous goods to have fitted Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with rollover stability features – essentially to help prevent rollovers.
This comes after the recommendations of a 2011 Coronial Inquest into a 2009 accident on the Princes Highway at East Lynne, which resulted in three deaths from the one family and that of the truck driver. The mandate also comes after the lobbying of the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) and the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA).
The new laws are expected to commence on 1 July 2014, and will apply to all new dangerous goods tankers.
Existing vehicles will initially be exempt, but will need to comply by 1 January 2019. As at that date, all dangerous goods tankers on New South Wales roads will need to have ESC fitted.