Definitive Performance Based Standards

Definitive Performance Based Standards

The Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) Global Heavy Vehicle Leaders Summit on 8 May in Melbourne will launch the definitive Performance-Based Standards (PBS) report for Australia’s PBS vehicle fleet.

The report is a collaborative effort between ARTSA Data and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

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Scania Solutions Manager for Global Summit

 

 

The Australian Road Transport Suppliers’ Association have announced that Anthony King – Sustainability Solutions Manager at Scania Group will be joining them at the Global Heavy Vehicle Leaders Summit in May. Anthony has some very interesting insights into the future of our industry and how big data will play a major roll. The only place to hear these insights will be at the summit, we invite you to join

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Capturing Data

 

 

Capturing Data will be on the mind of Chris Koniditsiotis, Transport Certification Australia CEO, when he is presenting at the upcoming ARTSA Global Heavy Vehicle Leaders Summit, on May 8 in Melbourne.

 

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Award Winners, Freight Routes, FIRS and Primary Producers

Award Winners, Freight Routes, FIRS and Primary Producers

This week’s headlines from Diesel News include Award Winners, Freight Routes, FIRS and Primary Producers.

 

This video is of Les Bruzsa’s acceptance speech after receiving the Australian Trucking Association Industry Achievement Award for leading continuous improvement in heavy vehicle regulation and standards.

Award Winners, Freight Routes, FIRS and Primary Producers
Mark Collins from Frasers Livestock Transport, winner of the 2017 Craig Roseneder Award.

 

Also presented at the dinner as part of the 2017 Australian Trucking Association (ATA)/Australian Road Transport Suppliers’ Association (ARTSA) Technical and Maintenance Conference (TMC), Mark Collins from Frasers Livestock Transport received the 2017 Craig Roseneder Award, which recognises technical and maintenance excellence and celebrates the professionalism of men and women who work behind the scenes in the trucking industry’s workshops.

 

Infrastructure Spending

 

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has welcomed a series of road infrastructure spending announcements from the Victorian Government that will improve roads on key freight routes in the state’s south west, providing a productivity dividend for the community and transport operators in the area.

 

Roads minister Luke Donnellan confirmed reconstruction works on stage two of the Portland Ring Road and roads in the Green Trial would soon begin, and that a deteriorated section of the Princes Highway at Heywood would be rebuilt.

 

This followed an announcement that roads surrounding the Henty Employment Precinct would be upgraded to accommodate high productivity freight vehicles.

 

FIRS to End

 

The government intends to close FIRS to new entrants from 1 July 2018 and fully close the scheme by 30 June 2019. The proposal is outlined in a consultation paper released by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

 

FIRS commenced in 1987 and applied only to vehicles weighing more than 4.5 tonnes that are solely involved in interstate trade or commerce. FIRS vehicles are not subject to state-based stamp duty tax for new vehicle purchases. The number of FIRS vehicles peaked in in 2007-08 at 22,000 and has since declined to around 14,000 (or 1.6 per cent of the total fleet) with the decline predicted to continue.

 

Award Winners, Freight Routes, FIRS and Primary Producers
Peter Anderson, CEO, Victorian Transport Association.

Licensing Out of Step

 

Heavy vehicle driver licence training requirements are vastly out of step with requirements for drivers of other modes of transport, and must change to improve safety, reduce risk and improve standards in the transport industry, reckons VTA CEO, Peter Anderson, speaking at the TMC.

 

“Heavy vehicle drivers must be trained and capable of controlling the vehicle in all conditions, at all times, and to make the right decisions that will not increase the chance of risk or accident,” said Anderson. “Regrettably, the industry does not have a good record in training drivers, partially because there is very little funding support for it. In fact, there is very little training for drivers at all except for on the job experience.

 

“For example, we have an issue with the licensing of heavy vehicle drivers. Did you know that it takes 120 hours of instruction before you can sit for a car licence, 20 hours before you can sit a motorcycle licence and even 20 hours of instruction before you can be tested to fly a plane solo?

 

“However, there are no pre-set hours of on-road instruction before you can sit for a heavy vehicle licence test. What it does take, is just five hours of on-site training, the ability to reverse the vehicle 50 meters in a straight line and $1,000. And you do not even have to be able to read English.”

 

Primary Producer Problems

 

The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) of New South Wales is expressing concern about the alleged use of NSW Primary Producer concessions on vehicles which are used for purposes other than those for which the concessions are intended.

 

“The issue appears to be more prevalent during the annual grain harvest where commercially operated trucks exploiting the primary producer concession enter the market and compete against professional rural carriers who do not have this advantage,” said Lynley Miners, LBRCA President. “Unfortunately, one unintended consequence is that rural carriers who fully pay their way under the current road-funding scheme suffer a cost disadvantage compared to those misusing the concession. It might seem a small price difference to those not involved in the industry, but in a competitive marketplace this illegitimate cost advantage has a huge impact.”

Highway Hero, Hino Expansion, VW Plan and Cummins Getting Batteries

Highway Hero, Hino Expansion, VW Plan and Cummins Getting Batteries

We hear about a Highway Hero, Hino Expansion, VW Plan and Cummins Getting Batteries in Diesel News this week.

 

 

Capability and confidence is at a high for Hino with increased involvement from five of Australia’s largest automotive and commercial vehicle retail groups.

 

“During 2017 and 2018, we will open three new Hino dealerships and upgrade four existing sites to meet increased demand,” said Bill Gillespie, Hino Australia’s General Manager Brand and Franchise Development. “It is significant that we have increased investment from five of Australia’s largest automotive and commercial vehicle retail groups in key locations across the country, namely Automotive Holding Group/AHG (Coffs Harbour), Sci Fleet (Eagle Farm, Brisbane), CMV Group (Laverton, Melbourne), AP Eagers (Mascot, Sydney) and the Suttons family-owned group (Arndell Park, Sydney).

 

“To cope with increased demand for truck sales, parts and service in western Sydney, we recently opened a brand new dealership in Arndell Park.”

 

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Toll Group employee, Steve Bolton.

Highway Hero

 

Melbourne-based truck driver Steve Bolton is the latest recipient of the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award, which was presented at the Australian Trucking Association (ATA)/Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) Technical and Maintenance Conference (TMC) this week.

 

Steve is an employee of Toll Group and is a senior leader on the Coles South East Queensland contract.

 

The Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award recognises his swift action and invaluable assistance to emergency services after witnessing a car roll into a river on the Tweed Valley Highway.

 

Steve was praised for his cooperation with police and other attending services in recovering the driver of the vehicle.

 

Steve has been with Toll Group since 2008 and over that time has boasted an exemplary driving record. He is also one of Toll Group’s driver trainers and plays an active role in the accreditation of drivers.

 

VW Plans for the Future

 

Volkswagen Truck & Bus claim their pioneering technology and products will transform the entire logistics chain in a sustainable way. The Group, which includes brands such as MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen, has set itself the goal of increasing efficiency and improving environmental performance in the world of transportation, as well as making it safer.

 

VW is focusing on three trend-setting fields, namely automated driving, connectivity, and alternative drive systems. On the development side, Volkswagen Truck & Bus is pooling its brands’ resources with the aim of leveraging synergies and incorporating the strengths of the individual brands in an optimum way. The concept of lead engineering plays a key role in this process.

 

“We are organising collaboration and by doing so apply lead engineering which delegates responsibility for common development projects to one brand,” said Anders Nielsen, CTO at Volkswagen Truck & Bus. “This is to avoid duplication and leverage synergies by re-using technologies across the brands. This will allow us to free up research and development resources to focus on new technologies as well as to be faster to market in a cost-efficient way.”

 

‘Global Champion Strategy’ is the concept under which Volkswagen Truck & Bus and its brands of MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus have given their commitment to achieve the mission of “driving transportation to the next level.” These are the words used by Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus, describing how the young company envisages its dynamic role with regard to the future. “In the here and now,” he adds, “we’re demonstrating the Group’s power of innovation in a number of different ways.”

 

VW reckons it heads the European field in the connectivity of trucks. Planned expansion of the shared cloud-based platform being jointly developed by MAN, Scania, and RIO will continue. The North American cooperation partner, Navistar, will shortly be joining this platform, as recently announced at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta.

 

The next step will involve the integration of truck convoy operations across all brands, in other words putting together platoons made up of different brands of vehicles. Development continues with projects ranging from autonomous vehicles in mines, through platooning on Singapore’s public roads, to driverless safety vehicles on German highways.

 

Cummins Buys Battery Maker

 

Cummins has announced it is acquiring the assets of Brammo, which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications. Adding Brammo’s battery pack expertise and resources could be an important milestone in Cummins’ efforts to become a global electrified power leader.

 

“To be a leading provider of electrified power systems just as we are with diesel and natural gas driven powertrains, we must own key elements and subsystems of the electrification network,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins. “By adding the expertise of Brammo and its employees to Cummins, we are taking a step forward in our electrification business and differentiating ourselves from our competition. As always, when markets are ready, Cummins will bring our customers the right power solution at the right time to power their success.”

Linfox Appointment, VW/Navistar, Tesla, TMC, Hydrogen Trucks and a New Scania Team

The latest from Diesel News this week includes a Linfox Appointment, VW/Navistar, Tesla, TMC, Hydrogen Trucks and a New Scania Team, plus 3D Printing and Strong Truck Sales.

 

Linfox Appointment, VW/Navistar, Tesla, TMC, Hydrogen Trucks and a New Scania Team
Terry Quinnell

 

Terry Quinnell has been appointed Linfox President – Retail after 40 years’ experience in the logistics industry. Quinnell began his career as a Linfox driver in 1978, and has managed some of Linfox’s largest customers as Vice President – Retail, plus spent nine years as General Manager – Woolworths. He recently led the development and implementation of Linfox’s new subcontractor management system FOXLink.

 

“Terry is an accomplished leader with a proven track record in people management and customer relationships,” said Annette Carey, CEO Linfox Australia and New Zealand. “Please join me in congratulating Terry on his appointment.”

 

Toomey to Scania

Linfox Appointment, VW/Navistar, Tesla, TMC, Hydrogen Trucks and a New Scania Team

Martin Toomey has been appointed in the role of Sales Director at Scania. Departing Managing Director, Roger McCarthy’s dual role has been split between Toomey and incoming Managing Director, Mikael Jansson. Toomey has 17 years of industry experience, working for a number of component suppliers, including Eaton, at General Manager level, both locally and across Asia.

 

“I am excited to be joining Scania at this stage in the company’s history,” Martin said. “Over the past few years, Scania’s rise under Roger McCarthy’s leadership has been resolute and admirable.”

 

TMC

 

The Technical and Maintenance Conference (TMC) 2017 will be held at the Automotive Centre of Excellence, Kangan Institute, Docklands, Melbourne, 16–18 October. Organised by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), in conjunction with the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA), it has launched the TMC website and is open for registration.

 

With expanded exhibition space and additional product training workshops, the event is relevant to everyone from apprentices to fleet managers. The focus will be on knowledge sharing and learning from others; getting factual and relevant information directly from the trainers, speakers and regulators.

 

Strong Truck Sales

 

According to the figures released by the Truck Industry Council (TIC) for July, all four vehicle sectors – heavy-, medium- and light-duty truck as well as the van segment – posted gains over July 2016 sales. Heavy and medium trucks lead the charge, up 18.8 per cent and 19.6 per cent respectively over this month last year.

 

Total truck sales for the month were 2,936 units, up 13.2 per cent over the same month last year, and year-to-date sales continue to track above those of last year to the end of July by 8.0 per cent.

 

VW buy more of Navistar

 

Volkswagen has increased its stake in Navistar, buying 300,000 more shares. This is an extension of the VW Group’s holding in the US truck maker, after its first investment earlier in 2017. The holding now stands at 16.6 per cent of the Chicago-based company’s total equity.

 

Hydrogen Powered Trucks

 

A Victorian garbage truck fleet is planning to go emissions-free. The Moreland City Council is investing in hydrogen powered trucks and will build a hydrogen filling station powered by wind and solar power, as part of a $9 million project.

 

Tesla Trucks Coming

 

According to Tesla founder, Elon Musk, the company will be demonstrating its electric powered truck prototype at the end of September. He first announced the fact this truck existed earlier this year and claims the concept has been well received by trucking industry companies involved in the project.

 

3D-Printed Parts

Linfox Appointment, VW/Navistar, Tesla, TMC, Hydrogen Trucks and a New Scania Team

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has taken 3D printing a stage further, with the first printed spare part made of metal, a thermostat cover for its truck models from older model series, passing all the stages of the quality assurance process at Mercedes-Benz.

 

According to Benz, 3D printing of high-quality plastic components has now successfully established itself as an additional production method, and is particularly suitable for the production of smaller batches.

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Clear Modification Guidelines

As a Code of Practice, VSB6 has set out clear modification guidelines on how to modify trucks. Now, times have changed and the code is being renewed, and Diesel News has been looking at the changes.

For many involved in the trucking industry, the concept of VSB6 is just something quoted when changes to a truck may compromise safety down the track. As a guide to how to modify a truck without weakening the structure, deceasing safety or breaking the law, VSB6 has been the reference point for workshops.

In legal terms, VSB6 is prescribed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) as the primary standard used by Approved Vehicle Examiners (AVEs) to approve modifications to heavy vehicles. This takes precedence unless the vehicle manufacturer provides adequate instructions, in which case the manufacturer’s instructions are paramount.

“We have a National Code of Practice and the National Heavy Vehicle Law (NHVL) gives the NHVR power to recognise those practices,” says Peter Hart, Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) Chairman. “This isn’t the only one we are going to have. This is a mechanism by which industry can influence outcomes, by developing sensible codes of practice, which are picked up.”

The current review is the first wholesale review of the VSB6 code since its inception in the early 1990s. When the NHVR took over the handling of the code, it decided to bring the whole thing up to the standard it sets for all of its publications, dotting the Is and crossing the Ts. The final document is expected to be with us in September, later this year.

“We wanted to ensure the code actually matched the content,” says Peter Austin, Manager Vehicle Safety at the NHVR. “The first part of the process is to professionalise the standards used, and the second phase will be all about professionalising the modifiers who do the work.”

A number of codes have been rolled up together to simplify the system. There are also some mods which are not deemed to be in need of certification. An example of this concerns a range of air-operated accessories which are fitted – now the code will only specify and certify the air pressure protection valve itself.

Visibly, the entire code has been changed and is looking a lot more user friendly. New diagrams of equipment and fitments are in place on some of the early drafts, but all will be renewed before publication. There is now a step-by-step guide to the modification process. It also now uses a rational layout – sections explain issues around the particular topic highlighted.

The details of the new code are currently being reconsidered following the kind of feedback received by the NHVR. The results of the review and the consequent feedback are expected to see the light of day in September. You can keep up with the latest from the NHVR at its website.

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Modifying a Truck

What you can and cannot do when modifying a truck is often in question. As a Code of Practice, VSB6 has set out clear guidelines on how to modify trucks. Now, times have changed and the code is being renewed, Diesel News has been examining the changes.

 

For many involved in the trucking industry, the concept of VSB6 is just something quoted when changes to a truck may compromise safety down the track. As a guide to how to modify a truck without weakening the structure, deceasing safety or breaking the law, VSB6 has been the reference point for workshops.

 

In legal terms, VSB6 is prescribed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) as the primary standard used by Approved Vehicle Examiners (AVEs) to approve modifications to heavy vehicles. This takes precedence unless the vehicle manufacturer provides adequate instructions, in which case the manufacturer’s instructions are paramount.

 

As of July 2015, VSB6 has been undergoing a comprehensive review to bring it in line with current methodology and technology. A recent event organised by the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA), gave those involved an opportunity to review the proposed changes and add their own input.

 

“We have a National Code of Practice and the National Heavy Vehicle Law gives the NHVR power to recognise those practices,” said Peter Hart, ARTSA Chairman. “This isn’t the only one we are going to have. This is a mechanism by which industry can influence outcomes, by developing sensible codes of practice, which are picked up.

 

“In the vehicle modifications’ domain, we have got so many opportunities to improve things, but a lot of the industry doesn’t recognise obligations and codes. We have a task to contribute to the code, but also to make it known to industry, the modifiers and manufacturers there are obligations, and it is, by the way, a good idea to get an accredited person involved from the start.”

 

The review of VSB6 is one of the many projects the NHVR has been asked to undertake in the last few years. The whole project is expected to take two years to complete. From the NHVR’s point of view, two documents are at the core of ensure vehicles on the road are fit for purpose. The first is the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual, which came out last year, and the second is an amended VSB6.

 

In 2014, when the new National Heavy Vehicle Law kicked in the NHVR took over responsibility for regulating heavy vehicle modifications. There is a three tier system for mods. One is seen as minor mods, like the fitting of accessories to a truck or trailer, these do not have any effect on the vehicle’s compliance with Australian Design Rules and, as a result, do not require certification.