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An inquiry into reducing traffic accidents at level crossings has recommended that reflective strips be fitted to all locomotives and rolling stock in the Australian rail industry.
The federal parliamentary committee report on improving train visibility was prompted by a fatal accident at a level crossing in Western Australia almost four years ago.
Committee chairman Paul Neville says reflective strips and rotating beacon lights on locomotives would help to prevent collisions at crossings that have warning signs but no lights or mechanical barriers.
"What we've recommended is, similar to the sugar industry, I think a number of Bundaberg sugar mills do this, that at headlight height all trains should be required to have a reflective strip along the side of them," he said.
Australia's rail industry says it is actively looking at introducing reflective strips on trains across the nation, but does not support rotating beacons.
Australasian Rail Association chief executive Bryan Nye says overseas research shows community road safety programs are more effective than rotating beacons.
"The real risk is people trying to beat the train, where you don't have boom gates coming down, drivers still try to go across," he said.
"It's not that they haven't seen the train, they'll try to beat the train across the level crossing and the better way of doing it is trying to educate the motor vehicle drivers of the dangers that they have when they do try to cross in front of trains."
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