People are always talking about the low number of women in the trucking industry and when you ask a lot of women, it’s a culture thing, which is stopping their participation. Most women do not want to be part of a boys club.Read more
Operators can save up to 15 minutes per vehicle with easy access to rego information, according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Finding real time registration information through the NHVR Portal Registration Module is meeting industry requests for additional Chain of Responsibility support.Read more
A consortium including Central Queensland University’s Appleton Institute and HGH Consulting has been awarded a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator contract to conduct a review of fatigue monitoring technology. There are a wide range of fatigue monitoring now on the market and conflicting reports can be found on many of them. This process is aimed at bringing some rigour to the assessment process Read more
Perennial trucking industry advocate and campaigner, Rod Hannifey, is behind an initiative to get a National Truck Rest Area Strategy now. According to Rod there is no time to lose as the provision of rest areas deteriorates rather than improves.
On the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line, the highest number of calls were from people dobbing on fatigue issues. The second most reported topic was business practices, followed by mechanical safety.
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.