On the evidence of the latest release by the National Transport Commission, many in trucking could be ploughing through fatigue issues for some time if they want to influence the reformed Heavy Vehicle National Law. The second of eight issues papers has been released this week and amounts to 56 pages of dense data to plough through to grasp the NTC’s intentions.
There will be improved access to 1500 additional routes, with pre-approved route maps making route planning easier, with extra functionality added to the mapping system on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Portal.
An ongoing problem, around driver health issues within the trucking industry, is truck drivers not seeking help when living with untreated medical issues. A recent study illustrates the problem of under-reported health problems in the workforce.
Western Australia’s trucking industry association, the Western Road Federation, and it’s metro logistics initiative is seen to be leading to rational transport collaboration in the West, in the co-ordinating of road transport logistic planning and the future vision for Perth.
The latest nationally co-ordinated operation organised by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator was called Operation Wake Up and took the form of a national fatigue blitz during April. The idea was to get a picture of exactly what is going on out on the highway randomly checking as many drivers as possible at strategic points all over the country at roadside checks.
The opening morning of the NatRoad Conference in Brisbane has seen Senator Glenn Sterle saying things are going to be done differently if the Labor Party gets the guernsey in May 18’s election. The Senator for Western Australia was one of the opening speakers at the event which is acting as a curtain raiser for the Brisbane Truck Show.
Secure and safe loads are vital for the trucking industry and ensure an operator is getting load management right, is following the correct procedures and is using the correct equipment.
The number of on-0board mass monitoring systems available to the industry has further increased after Transport Certification Australia has announced the type-approval for Airtec’s On-Board Mass (OBM) system.
Lindsay Transport driver, Darren Cooke, is the latest highway hero honoured with the presentation of the Australian Trucking Association’s Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award, after rescuing a fellow truck driver from a fire.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is wanting to speak to trucking operators as part of a project to answer the question, how does fatigue technology work? The ground-breaking study into fatigue monitoring technology is seeking expressions of interest from transport companies and manufacturers to take part in the independently-run safety project.