Does your fleet travel along the Bruce Highway?

As one of the most important highways in the national framework, Queensland's Bruce Highway is heavily used but is also renowned for being unsafe. 

A report from the Queensland government noted that there were 1,620 hospitalisations due to this highway between 2008 and 2011, and that the amount of people who are killed in road accidents on this stretch of the road is disproportionate to the rest of the National Highway. Indeed, it accounts for 17 per cent of fatalities even though it only makes up 7.5 per cent of the National Highway.

Heavy traffic congestion and flooding are two of the key reasons why the accident rate is so high on the Bruce Highway. The flooding is worst along the coastal plain between Brisbane and Cairns, so drivers should exercise the most caution along this part of the road. 

Fleet managers who have cars travelling along this freeway need to take steps to inform drivers who travel along this highway of the risks at hand, and develop safety programmes to better manage journeys along this route. Such steps can improve mobile worker safety as a vehicle counts as a workplace under Australian Law. 

However, the government is also taking several steps to better the Bruce Highway. It is investing $624 million on a project to improve the Cooroy to Curra stretch of the motorway, designed to reduce congestion for cars and improve efficiency for freight vehicles. Fleet managers with both cars and trucks in their fleet should find this news reassuring. 

"The Bruce Highway is Queensland's transport lifeline. It is the gateway to northern Australia. It's one of the most important components of our national highway system, facilitating the movement of people and goods across the state to domestic and overseas markets," said Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Indeed, repairs on this key piece of infrastructure bode well for fleet maintenance costs down the road.