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.
Life for the organisation as an independent agency ends when Transport Certification Australia (TCA) status is changed and it is folded in with Austroads. This will be a logical step as Austroads is the umbrella organisation of road transport and traffic agencies in Australia and New Zealand, is based in Sydney and funded by the federal Australian government.
The trucking industry has been battling with the same problem for some time, the gap between driver licensing and driver skills. There are plenty of drivers who have a license allowing them to drive a certain class of truck, anything up to a road train, but lack the necessary skills to properly handle the vehicle in a safe and practical way.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and heavy vehicle industry will establish an accreditation working group to respond to a comprehensive report into reforming truck accreditation schemes. Options for reform of and analysis of Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Schemes in Australia were laid out by consultant Peter Medlock in a report published earlier this year.