3% of survey complete.
This Survey is about the use of advanced braking systems on heavy vehicles. The information collected relates to the reliability and effectiveness of these systems as well as operational issues.
The survey seeks information about Brake  Load Proportioning (BLPV), Antilock Brake Systems (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC is often included as part of Electronic Braking Systems (EBS) and for the purposes of this survey ESC means roll and directional control in towing vehicles and buses, and roll control in trailers.

The Survey is being undertaken by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department) with support from the following Australian peak bodies representing operators, heavy vehicle manufacturers, importers and maintenance service providers:
  • Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) 
  • Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA)
  • Australian Trucking Association (ATA)
  • Bus Industry Confederation (BIC)
  • Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Australia (CVIAA)
  • Truck Industry Council (TIC)
The Survey will be used to inform Phase II of the National Heavy Vehicle Braking Strategy (NHVBS). This is part of the National Road Safety Strategy 2010­20 (NRSS), which aims to reduce the annual number of deaths and serious injuries on Australian Roads by at least 30 percent.

Under the NRSS, the Australian Government will look at the case for heavy vehicles to be fitted with advanced braking systems. Phase I of the NHVBS mandated ABS for new heavy trucks and buses and ABS or LP for new heavy trailers.  Phase II in particular will look at ESC.

The Survey 

The Survey is being targeted at particular operators, manufacturers and maintenance service providers, based on advice from the above peak bodies, to get a broad sample of industry practices.
It should take about 15 - 20 minutes to complete and will require information regarding (depending on your type of operation) your fleet size, basic operating environment, and an indication of the number brake faults recorded over the last 12 months.

The Department may send out a follow up survey at a later date, seeking more detailed  maintenance related information. The final question in the survey seeks your contact details if you decide to opt in. However, by taking part in the first survey you would be under no obligation to take part in any later survey. 

This information will be used only in accordance with our privacy principles (below) and the data will only ever be used in aggregate form towards analysis within a Regulation Impact Statement. Individuals, companies or fleets will not be identified.

Thank you for taking part.


Information collected through the Survey will be aggregated and used for statistical study. Aggregated information will not include any individual or company participant details. If provided, Company and individual information will only be used for the purposes of follow up by the Department, in the event that a subsequent survey is prepared. The aggregated information may be distributed to third parties as part of the development of the NHVBS and NRSS, including industry groups, other government agencies and through public consultation processes.

The Department’s on­line privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 62746495.