Livestock Hotline Launched

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association and National Transport Insurance have launched LivestockASSIST. This is a 24 hour national hotline to coordinate emergency responses to incidents involving heavy vehicles carrying livestock. Read more

Overcharging may continue

The trucking industry may continue to be over charged for the use of Australia’s road infrastructure. The meeting of the Australian Transport and Infrastructure Ministerial Council takes place today with a number of big ticket items on the agenda. As the nation’s transport ministers gather in Adelaide, they are set to consider the determination of the level of fuel-based road user charge and vehicle registration charges. Read more

Remuneration Order Rejected

A straight rejection has been published of the latest order handed down by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has made a submission rejecting the draft Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) – Contractor Driver Minimum Payment Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 in its current form. Read more

Livestock Template Gets Up

After a long and difficult gestation period, beginning when the first of the fatigue management schemes were proposed over ten years ago, the livestock transport industry has a scheme it can work with. The NHVR has issued the first approval under the Livestock AFM Template which allows a 14 day work cycle. Read more

Vale Noel Hoare

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association marks the passing of one of the stalwarts of the trucking industry. Diesel News reproduces their announcement of the news about Noel Hoare. Read more

Improve the Chain

The chain of responsibility (COR) legislation needs to be streamlined with safety prioritised is a common view in the trucking industry. The current legislation sets out COR duties by attempting to prescribe exactly how businesses must operate, discouraging innovation and creating unnecessary red tape. Read more

Regulatory Common Sense 

AFM template gets up

After a protracted process over many years with plenty of false starts, an effective Advanced Fatigue Management template is to, finally, be allowed. From July 1, livestock transport operators will be able to access a new level of flexibility in fatigue management by using an agreed template for the AFM scheme. Read more

Tax freeze on fuel and money for roads

The current freeze on the rate of fuel tax is to be extended. Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has announced his intention to freeze the heavy vehicle Road User Charge at the current rate of 26.14 cents/l for the 2015-16 financial year. Read more

Livestock scheme into TruckSafe

The trucking accreditation scheme, TruckSafe, and the Australian livestock transport industry’s quality assurance program, truckCare, are to combine to become a streamlined safety program for the road transport industry. As of January 2015, truckCare will become a voluntary module of TruckSafe, with operators now able to use both programs under a single administration and auditing system. Read more

New ALRTA President succeeds Schmidt

Grant Robins has been elected as the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association’s (ALRTA) new National President at the association’s AGM in Melbourne. Robins has been a member of the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of WA and involved with the ALRTA for many years. Read more