Rail Crossing Research Welcomed
THE Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed a recommendation by the House of Representative's Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government to further research the use of cut-in radio warning technology at level crossings.
The standing committee's recommendation is made in the committee's report on train illumination, which reviews different ways of improving the safety of Australia's level crossings.
The committee, in their recommendations to the Parliament, urged 'the Government, through the Australian Transport Council, (to) encourage further research into the feasibility of a cut-in warning system which would warn motor-vehicle drivers of on-coming trains as they approach a level crossing'.
The implementation of a cut-in radio warning system was a key point in the ATA's representations to the committee.
Giving evidence to the committee in March, ATA chief executive Stuart St Clair said the introduction of cut-in radio systems would help improve rail crossing safety.
"If you drive into one of the tunnels in Sydney or Melbourne and there is an accident or a problem, a cut-in system operates into your car radios and talks to you," Mr St Clair told the committee. …