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July 2017


Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia

Mr Papalia: No one should have died

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Safety commissioner Kim concerned over 'downfall' in caravan safety standards

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WA'S Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has called on the Australian caravan industry to move quickly on manufacturing safety standards.

This follows a horror smash on Indian Ocean Drive in which a Singaporean tourist died and a caravan disintegrated at Breton Bay.

Former policeman Mr Papalia admitted the crash was caused by human error, but said one should have died that day.

"I believe this death was due to a lack of industry safety standards for caravans. This caravan should not have exploded as it did due to the impact of the crash," he said.

He thought an overhaul of caravan manufacturing and importation standards was necessary to ensure the safety of all road users in Australia.

"There is a real downfall in terms of safety standards for the Australian caravan industry and I'm calling on the State Coroner to inquest this death to establish that there is an issue," Mr Papalia said.

He pointed out that there were currently 46 Australian design rules applying to the manufacture of caravans in Australia, but none for imported caravans and those built at private homes.

"We have engaged with the caravan industry who have raised their own concerns about the safety standards of caravans," Mr Papalia said.

Caravanning in Australia is the largest domestic holiday option for young families, but there was very limited safety information available on the vehicle they are buying and putting on the road.

"We now need further engagement to prioritise nation-wide safety standards for caravans so we can better inform those looking to purchase, import or manufacture a caravan to a safe standard," Mr Papalia added.

He has also called for a five-star safety rating for caravan manufacturers, arguing that people should be able to make an informed choice when buying a caravan.

He suggests that a rating system would be the perfect way to start.


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