This week the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are promising improved targeting by law enforcement of compliance activities as a result of the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy, published earlier in the week.
The latest statistics released show that safety levels in the trucking industry are improving and fatal truck crashes are down. The figures were released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) recently and were welcomed by the industry with the proviso, we could do better.
The way to cut the road toll is to invest in research that helps the heavy vehicle industry to improve the fatality rate, says NatRoad in a call for the Government to act.
A call for the government to mandate the use of telematics in all heavy vehicles has been made by the Australian Logistics Council. It came out with the suggestion after reviewing the outcome of the recent Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting of the country’s transport ministers in Sydney.
NatRoad are calling for the government to end stamp duty on truck rego, after a recent report found it is has negative economic effect. The recent release of the Grattan Institute’s policy priorities research shows that stamp duty is a drag on the community and a bad tax from a transport business perspective, according to NatRoad.
A wide ranging research project by the International Road Union has concluded technology and automation will define the future of road transport in Europe and across Asia, but significant obstacles stand in the way.
When looking at the Performance Based Standards scheme it is clear there are detailed changes to be made. Amendments to the scheme are needed just in terms of the time which has elapsed since the initial structure was laid out. Technical changes like the widespread adoption of stability systems along with EBS across many more trucks means some of the stability parameters called for in the standards can be met electronically and not physically by the design of the truck.
It is a no brainer to say PBS vehicles are more productive than comparable conventionally designed vehicles, this is one of those facts which seems to get lost in the other arguments around the whole scheme. Overall, 7,000 vehicles have been approved.
One of the contentious issues for the operators of Performance Based Standards trucks has been tyre choice. As a result, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is looking for a rubber solution and is appointing independent road safety expert, Dr John de Pont, to lead a review of PBS tyre standards and operations.
After many years in the industry, Warren Smith has seen it all in trucking and works using a training philosophy with truck drivers to instil a culture of professionalism and develop an appreciation of good driver skills in operators.