TfNSW mandates TS160 Standard / OTSI Investigation for ParkBrake FailSafe / Anti- Rollaway Solution- BUSES
The demand for safety technology to mitigate Uncontrolled movement / Rollaways is ramping up indeed. TfNSW has initiated their Bus Door Safety Systems Technical Specification TS160 | December 2021 which mandates that all (NSW) Buses have safety mitigation technology to stop Rollaways by January 2023.
This recent news article reported by the ABC Magazine also refers to a recent Bus Rollaway event that has prompted an investigation by the NSW Office of Transport and Safety Investigations (OTSI) into on Bus Rollaways.
Bus Safety Victoria - Bus Rollaways research that in Victoria alone, 47 bus Rollaways were reported since 2000 resulting in injuries and fatalities to drivers, passengers, damage to infrastructure, homes and vehicles.
In most incidents, the predominant cause is where the Handbrake has not been engaged and a Rollaway or Uncontrolled movement occurs where:
- Driver leaves the vehicle.
- Driver leans out of the vehicle (eg gate / boom reader / swipe).
- Sudden distraction to assist (eg Bus Passenger stumbles).
- Coupling of Trailer Brake lines.
- Air Tank disengages the Parkbrake as it is pressurised during vehicle start- up.
Uncontrolled movement (Rollaway) occurs with many types of heavy vehicles, including Tractors, Trucks, Buses, Forklifts, Tractors, Mobile Cranes, Earthmoving Equipment, Waste Vehicles, Sweepers.
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