The trucking industry is always coming up with new ideas, this time around it’s some smart tie downs. Increasing emphasis on safety when loading and unloading a trailer is leading to more innovations in the load restraint area and Transking’s Lindsay King had his latest smart idea on show at the MEGATRANS2018 event earlier this year.
The last couple of weeks have seen former NSW Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay back in the news. The spotlight has returned to Duncan over a year after he stepped away from politics and 18 months after his term as NSW Roads and Freight Minister ended in the NSW Government reshuffle after Gladys Berejiklian took over as Premier of the State.
When Australia’s very own Top Gun, Matt Hall, speaks at the Technology and Maintenance Conference, it will mean there will be an air ace at the ACE for the TMC. Matt has been locked in as a keynote speaker at the Australian Trucking Association’s 2018 TMC, which takes place at the Automotive Centre for Excellence (ACE).
We keep hearing about something called blockchain being about to change the freight world, but many are asking, what’s blockchain all about? A speaker at the Global Heavy Vehicle Summit may have the answer.
An event in Forbes NSW will see the first outing for a B-quad, when the newly approved combination will be on demonstration as part of the Forbes Harvest Field Day and PBS Vehicle Demonstration. This will be a chance to see an array of the innovative combinations possible under the Performance Based Standards scheme.
It’s about time researchers started looking at fatigue in the real world. The whole subject has been one full of contention for a long time and some genuinely salient facts may help inform more rational debate. This is what the research at the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity is aimed at doing.
One of the issues highlighted during the fatigueHack at the Truck Australia 2018 conference was there was much more rest area data needed. Operators and drivers should have access to knowledge about where the rest areas are on our highways and it should be freely accessible.
With Performance Based Standards we started off with a fantastic idea. We Australians are very good at great ideas. Then came the part where drilling down to the details created the basic tenets of the scheme and how it would work.
In an industry first, and featured on our video of the week, groups of smart, young, outside-the-box thinkers got together in Canberra to try hacking at the fatigue problem.
A combination of NatRoad, the Western Roads Federation and the Northern Territory Road Transport Association are working together fighting fatigue anomalies in the West. The three organisations have made a joint submission to the National Transport Commission (NTC) on two fatigue-related issues where the group reckon there is a lack of clarity in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).