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
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
A new data hub introduced by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) paints a picture of the improving access for innovative trucks in NSW. The new NSW Freight Data Hub sees New South Wales being the first state in Australia to publish clear data on where high productivity trucks are going and how often. Read more
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 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.
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
Road user charging, driver training, advanced emergency braking systems and payment terms have all be raised by future trucking leaders lobbying parliament in Canberra this week.
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
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
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