Passing the Buck

In the past, the chain of responsibility (CoR) has been seen as a way for big operators to pass the buck. Now, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is trying to get information out about next year’s changes to CoR legislation to each component in the chain, including drivers, owner-drivers and small operators subcontracting to the bigger operators. In the first of a two-part guide, Diesel News went along to a session to find...

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Routes Opening to PBS, Start Date for New Laws, Fatigue Exemption and RFNSW on Safety, CoR

This week in Diesel News, Routes Opening to PBS, Start Date for New Laws, Fatigue Exemption and RFNSW on Safety and CoR.   PBS port access improves   The New South Wales road network is now open for Performance Based Standards (PBS) Level 2B container operators to apply for access permits to transport containers in and out of Port Botany. The latest access expansions follows a decision in Victoria to widen access to the...

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ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing

Among the topics in the news this week from Diesel News are ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing. The Australian Government should require new trucks and trailers to be fitted with stability control technology and should do it fast, according to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA).   Geoff Crouch, ATA Chair, said electronic stability...

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Making Corporates and Directors Liable

A submission by the Australian Trucking Association has called for corporate officers and directors to be personally liable under the Heavy Vehicle National Law for exercising due diligence. The submission to the National Transport Commission’s executive officer liability review is aimed at making these officers liable in any failure to prevent 34 specific safety critical offences.     “Governments agreed last year to...

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Building the Ramparts

Watching the antics on TV dramas like Game of Thrones and Vikings should inspire the trucking industry in its next moves, politically. The bloody battle is won, for now. The opposition has retreated, but will refresh itself and prepare for a new assault, sometime in the future, but we don’t know when.   What would our brave swordsmen and swordswomen do after the victory? They repair the defences, build up the ramparts to secure...

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Where’s the Link?

Events in the NSW Courts this week are providing plenty of material for the general media’s ‘evil truckies driving monster trucks’ brigade. Watching the coverage in newspapers and on TV is like watching a car crash in slow motion, it gives you a sinking feeling and you know nothing good is going to come of it.   This all refers back to the horrific Mona Vale tanker crash in 2013, an incident which has still not...

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