Highway Hero Honoured

There was another true highway hero honoured when the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award was bestowed upon Darell Wilson, recognising his swift action to avoid a major accident on the M5 motorway.

Suez employee Darell was praised by the trucking community and general public earlier this year for his actions to avoid a bus full of school children pulling out in-front of his truck on one of Sydney’s busiest arterial roads in June, and has been presented with the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award.

Darell intentionally turned his semi-trailer towards a concrete barrier and jack-knifed in order to wash off speed and avoid the bus as it pulled out into oncoming traffic. Read more

View of the Future

Brendan Richards outlined his view of the future at the Trucking Australia conference in Darwin. For generations, the trucking industry has managed and embraced change, but what is catching us all by surprise is the increasing pace of that change.

“Globalisation is a significant issue in the way it reacts with the economy. By 2050, it’s expected China will be the world’s largest economy. By 2025, the Asia-Pacific region will make up something like 50 per cent of economic activity globally. There’s a huge shift in economic power coming towards the Asian region. Read more

Top Apprentice, Telematics, Payment Times and SA Access

This week Diesel News is featuring stories about a Top Apprentice, Telematics, Payment Times and SA Access.

A survey into the trucking industry’s use of telematics shows 94 per cent of operators surveyed plan to invest heavily in hardware and technologies for their business in the next year. The figures come from the 2017 Telematics Benchmark Report: Australian Transport Edition survey published by Teletrac Navman. Read more

Who Does What?

People outside or new to the trucking industry often ask why there are so many industry associations and who does what. The answer can often be quite complex and the history of trucking’s relationship with governments, both state and federal, needs to illustrate where they all came from. Read more

Road and Container Charging Plus Portal and Road Trains

This week we are talking about Road and Container Charging Plus Portal and Road Trains in Diesel News.

A new road-charging regime will be found for the trucking industry, after a decision by the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) of state and federal transport ministers. The plan is to thoroughly examine the costs and benefits of implementation of independent price regulation and a forward looking cost base, slated to come in 2018–19.

The council agreed to freeze heavy vehicle charges at 2017–18 levels for a further two years, to a mixed reaction from industry associations. Read more

NSW Independence, Overcharging and Freight Restrictions

This week the news has included NSW Independence, Overcharging and Freight Restrictions, as well as a revamped Access Portal, all here in Diesel News.

Road Freight NSW has announced it will become an independent organisation from January 1 2018. It is currently a subsidiary of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), after beginning as ATA NSW in 2007.   Road Freight NSW says it will now work independently to campaign on policies affecting the NSW transport sector, primarily heavy vehicle safety, the regulatory regimes stifling business growth and the unwarranted surcharges, like stevedores’ port taxes, being imposed on carriers. Read more

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.

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. Read more

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). Read more

Passion for Trucking

If there is one thing we can see every day in our industry, it is how people have a genuine passion for their job, or their truck. It’s difficult to work out where this passion might come from, and the people who are passionate about their job will also give you chapter and verse of everything that is wrong with the industry. Read more

Future Proofing Trucking

Future-Proofing Trucking

The rate of change in the trucking industry looks to be increasing, and trucking operators need to be prepared for the brave new world of trucking we are likely to be living in, it needs to be future proofing trucking. Brendan Richards outlined his view of the future at the Trucking Australia conference in Darwin.

Future-Proofing Trucking
Brendan Richards, a partner at Ferrier Hodgson and Azurium, speaking at the Australian trucking Association’s annual Trucking Australia conference.

“Change is the new constant is the message,” said Ben Maguire, Australian Trucking Association (ATA) CEO, speaking at the opening of the annual Trucking Australia conference in Darwin, recently. “For generations, in the industry we have managed and embraced change, but what is catching us all by surprise is the pace increasing in that change.
“These challenges also represent opportunities – not only do the new technologies offer us a chance to change our businesses, but also the impact on how the regulators will apply those pressures on the industry and how the technology will influence that. With this progress comes increased expectations from customers.”
One of the speakers at the event, Brendan Richards – a partner at Ferrier Hodgson and Azurium – is no stranger to change, or the management of change. He has worked in the corporate world as an adviser for over twenty years, counselling organisations facing financial challenges. He is a ‘corporate restructuring and business performance improvement specialist’. He is also a regular commentator on industry issues in Diesel’s sister title, Prime Mover.
He addressed the conference, attempting to paint a picture of the years ahead for the industry and address some of the topics likely to come to the fore as we move through 2020 towards 2050.
“There’s a word going around, we are now living in a ‘VUCA’ world,” said Brendan. “It’s an acronym and it’s a very apt one. VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. If you can’t relate to that you might be a bit behind the game, because that’s the world we are living in. There’s no doubt we have come to some sort of inflexion point, with the rate of change.
“I have been looking at what 2050 might look like. Thirty-three years away sounds like a long time and with the way things are changing, how can anyone predict what life might be like in trucking in 2050? If you were to count the time backwards that takes us to 1985. To me, 1985 feels like yesterday. It’s gone unbelievably fast and the next 33 years will go by even quicker.
“By 2050, transport will be a quite different industry to what it is today. This issue is not whether the changes I will indicate will actually occur, but it’s more about whether they happen by 2030.”
Looking at transport today, there are 42,000 players in the industry. This figure has been relatively static for decades. There has been some consolidation, with firms like Toll undertaking 100 acquisitions over 25 years, for example. Of these operators, 41,000 have fewer than five trucks; many of them are owner-drivers. The top four players make up 15 per cent of the total market.
There is a reason for trucking being so fragmented; the barriers to entry are low. The industry has been built on ferocious competition, often seeing operators leading the race to the bottom, in terms of rates.

“There are trends emerging, which we are seeing more of across the whole global economy, not just in trucking,” said Brendan. “There’s a range of global megatrends. Globalisation is a significant one, so is digitisation, urbanisation, as is resource scarcity. All of these things are changing the mix of how the world operates.
“All of these things are happening in a world where there is increasing pressure and an increasing acknowledgement of the need to up the ante around safety and environmental protection. There’s a huge range of influences setting a new backdrop, which we all have to work in, as we push on to 2050.