With the release of the latest accident figures by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), the results show fatal crashes are down for trucks. The latest Fatal Heavy Vehicle Crashes Australia, Quarterly Bulletin for the last quarter of 2018 shows a drop of over 20 per cent in fatal crashes involving trucks.
Truck driving is one of the unhealthiest jobs in Australia, according to a study into driver health which has been carried out by Monash University, looking at truck driver health.
“The community perception of freight is really poor,” said Craig Smith-Gander, Chairman of the Western Roads Federation and Managing Director of Kwik Logistics, at WA Freight and Logistics Symposium recently. “We’ve got to make government understand that what happens in transport is not just the Metronet train system in Perth.
If the powers that be really wanted to know how to make life easier for truckies on the highway, they would ask the bloody question. Of course, asking the question might get you the wrong result, you might find out what the problem really is.
Transport Certification Australia (TCA) made widely usable truck rest area data available when it commenced the release of digitised informal rest area information through the Traveller Information Exchange (TIX). This second instalment of consolidated heavy vehicle rest area information is the first time that information about informal rest areas, identified by green reflectors, has been digitised.
With the launch of a new microsite by the National Transport Commission, now is the time to have your say about reform of the Heavy Vehicle National Law. The new microsite is designed to be conduit for feedback from stakeholders to the NTC.
This time of year gives many in the trucking industry the opportunity to vote for your representative. While there have been limited numbers of candidates in the past, this year sees a number of candidates stepping up to represent owner drivers and small fleets on the Australian Trucking Association’s General Council.
NatRoad has called on the federal and state government to start getting rest areas right and to work with the road transport industry to solve the problem of inadequate Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas across Australia. This call is in reaction to the recently published Austroads Guidelines for the Provision of Rest Area Facilities.
The WA Freight and Logistics Symposium looked at the problems and possible solutions for trucking in Western Australia. The state’s freight industry faces similar problems to those we face all over Australia, Diesel News went along to see how different it is in WA.
One of Paul Retter, the former National Transport Commission CEO’s big projects was the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and he discussed the implications of the results of that review coming up with a new and improved NHVL at the NatRoad Conference.