bushfire assistance for the trucking industry

Bushfire Assistance for the Trucking Industry

As the fires continue to burn across several states, the government’s attention has turned to the subject of bushfire assistance for the trucking industry. In a teleconference between Michael McCormack, Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and the Australian Trucking Association, as well as a number of other transport industry stakeholders, the feds showed they are taking a consultative approach to responding to the current bushfire crisis. Read more

a Happy Rational Christmas present

A Happy Rational Christmas Present

The latest publication from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator could turn out to be a Happy Rational Christmas present for the trucking industry if we engage with the proposals and ensure they are able to be implemented. Read more

economy’s freight component is a significant factor

Economy’s Freight Component is a Significant Factor

When we are looking at the way business is travelling, the economy’s freight component is a significant factor in just about every major industry on which this economy depends. The importance of the road freight industry to the overall economy is pointed out in the ‘Economic Benefits of Improved Regulation in the Australian Trucking Industry’, a report which had been commissioned by the Australian Trucking Association. Read more

the most dangerous part of the livestock transport task

The Most Dangerous Part of the Livestock Transport Task

The task of loading or unloading animals into vehicles is the most dangerous part of the livestock transport task, according to the the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association. Unreported accidents and near misses are commonplace, with occasional major accidents and even deaths such as occurred in the case of Chad A Lynch when a ramp collapsed in October 2013.
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rural trucking costs are a major factor in productivity

Rural Trucking Costs are a Major Factor in Productivity

In all of the commentary around Australia’s economic performance there is always plenty of discussion about major indices associated with agriculture, resources etc, but rural trucking costs are a major factor in productivity. Deloitte were commissioned by AgriFutures Australia to put together a report entitled ‘The Impact of Freight Costs on Australian Farms’. This report confirms agriculture is vitally important to the strength of the economy with over 66 per cent of annual agricultural production exported overseas. Read more

getting driver training right

Getting Driver Training Right

Truck drivers arrive in the workplace with a truck driving license, but have they been properly trained, how important is getting driver training right? Diesel News talks to Peter Anderson, Victorian Transport Association CEO, about a new initiative to get proper training for people working in the trucking industry. Read more

effectiveness of reform

Effectiveness of Reform

This week has seen the release of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into National Transport Regulatory Reform, looking into the effectiveness of reform and where it should prioritise in the future.  Read more

a lack of real data being used to create rules

A Lack of Real Data Being Used to Create Rules

Policy around the trucking industry is often defined by a lack of real data being used to create rules and regulations which will aid the productivity of the trucking industry and hence the productivity of the country of Australia. two reports published this year by Deloitte Access Economics aim to address that problem. Read more