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Fifth wheel coupling and uncoupling guidelines

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This Technical Advisory Procedure has been developed by the ATA Industry Technical Council to provide operators with a guideline that provides a consistent, clear and safe procedure for coupling and uncoupling prime movers and semi-trailers using fifth wheel couplings.
All procedures demand consistency and following an uninterrupted routine with an understanding of the importance and relevance of each step. Distractions during this and other procedures should be avoided. It is recommended that only one person undertakes coupling or uncoupling to prevent missing critical steps.
Australia has a diverse fleet with equipment sourced globally. A driver’s training should include specific training on all the equipment used across a fleet.