According to the ATA, electronic stability control (ESC) is important, because it’s ability to save lives has been proven.
ESC automatically slows the vehicle down using throttle and brakes if it senses the vehicle is at risk of a rollover.
The ATA highlighted a Monash University Accident Research Centre study which concluded that compulsory ESC in heavy vehicles help reduce fatal heavy vehicle crashes by 4 per cent.
ESC can be the foundation technology for more advanced Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) for both cars and trucks.
It has been predicted by Monash that AEBS could prevent up to 25 per cent of fatal heavy vehicle crashes.
On B-Doubles, stability control has made a particularly good mark, with the Victorian Government stating that it practically eliminated truck and trailer rollovers, from an average of 40 rollovers a year previously.
The ATA has called for electronic stability control to be compulsory in all new truck and trailer models from 2019 however the organisation believes trailers should also have ABS.
Incompatibility between the truck and trailer braking systems may present a safety problem, the ATA says.