A second truck rollover in as many weeks on the new Herb Gray Parkway roundabout, illustrates why anti-rollover technology should be standard for manufacturers of heavy transport trucks, according to a Windsor Star article.
Interviewed by the Star, OTA president David Bradley said government should require all new tractor-trailers be equipped with electronic stability control at the manufacturing level.
“We see it as a meaningful measure to help ensure rollovers — whether on roundabouts or other streets and highways — don’t happen,” Bradley said.
He explained the large majority of traffic incidents involving trucks on roundabouts are due to driver error — whether it’s the trucker travelling too fast or other drivers being reckless or cutting them off.
Bradley pointed out that OTA developed a blueprint for municipalities on how roundabouts should be designed to safely accommodate all types of large tractor-trailer combinations.
“We give guidance to municipalities on geometrics of roundabouts. It’s a tool they can use when they design them. We are not opposed to (roundabouts), but we do want to make sure they can handle trucks.”