The reception the latest truck accident figures received last week in the media is a timely reminder of how important it is to do the research and then use that research wisely in getting behaviour or policy change.
Silverdale Sand and Soil’s Brendon Gilbert has received the recognition of the Australian Trucking Industry, being named as the latest highway hero honoured as a Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian for coming to the aid of a motorcyclist who had a medical episode on one of Sydney’s busiest corridors.
This time of year gives many in the trucking industry the opportunity to vote for your representative. While there have been limited numbers of candidates in the past, this year sees a number of candidates stepping up to represent owner drivers and small fleets on the Australian Trucking Association’s General Council.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and heavy vehicle industry will establish an accreditation working group to respond to a comprehensive report into reforming truck accreditation schemes. Options for reform of and analysis of Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Schemes in Australia were laid out by consultant Peter Medlock in a report published earlier this year.
Moama based truck driver, Brett Hood became the latest highway hero honoured, becoming the fourth recipient for 2018 of the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian honour after saving a woman’s life through his prompt actions at a crash site in mid-October.
The latest statistics released show that safety levels in the trucking industry are improving and fatal truck crashes are down. The figures were released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) recently and were welcomed by the industry with the proviso, we could do better.
At the Australian trucking industry’s top technical night, two of its most outstanding technical contributors received well deserved awards. At the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner in Melbourne, the social event which forms part of the Australian Trucking Association’s 2018 Technology and Maintenance Conference, the Craig Roseneder and the ATA Technical Achievement Awards were announced and presented.
There is a problem with the public perception of truck drivers in Australia, but people need to be aware truck drivers are people too. This Re:act campaign developed by Hard Edge in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology gave design students a creative brief that challenged them to raise awareness of a road safety issue and change behaviour among their age group.
For many years David Coonan worked at the heart of road transport policy development in Australia, he was known for his strength in passion and policy. Unfortunately, he passed away this week after a prolonged illness. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and two daughters, Jennifer and Elizabeth.