A New Perspective on Trucking

Sometimes we are too close to our own industry – we need a new perspective on trucking. In its submission to the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has come up with an interesting comparison. It is looking at the freight industry from the consumer’s point of view, in the same way as it perceives the energy industry.   Both industries are invisible to the end-user of...

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New Driver License Check System

A new driver license check system has been introduced by Duncan Gay, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. The new set up allows operators to check multiple licence and demerit point status at one time.     The voluntary system is designed to simplify the checking of employee licence and demerit information by reducing the processing associated with the task.   “Road safety is the ultimate winner,” said a...

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RSRT Impact Enquiry

This week owner-truck drivers together with representatives from associated industry groups met in Canberra at a roundtable convened by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). The meeting was part of the initial scoping work as the ASBFEO begin the formal inquiry process exploring the impact the RSRT’s Payments Order has had on small business owner-drivers around the country.     In the room...

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Route Mapping Completed

A new interactive tool is now available online from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. According to the Federal Government, a new cornerstone has been laid to help Australia’s freight logistics industries to cost effectively connect regions and cities to the world, with the launch of the national key freight routes map.   The key freight route map provides a picture of the road and rail routes connecting...

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Road Block in NSW

A speech by NSW Transport Minister, Duncan Gay, suggests the road to a new truck roadworthiness regime may not be as clearcut as hoped. Speaking at this week’s Australian Logistics Council Safety Summit, Minister Gay made it clear New South Wales are making a stand on some contentious issues.       The National Transport Commission and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are currently going through the process of...

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Ending the old boys club

The trucking industry needs to get with the program and bring in fresh and diverse new blood in order to head into the future. The nature of the trucking industry is changing and society around the industry is also changing, fast.     Adapt or die, should be the motto. It is not enough to carry on doing things the way we have always done them. That will not cut it anymore. A major change in the industry’s culture is...

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