fatal crashes are down for trucks

Decision to Mandate ESC Will Save Lives

The latest amendment to the truck and trailer braking ADRs has been welcomed by stakeholder reckoning the decision to mandate ESC will save lives. ADR 35/06 for trucks and 38/05 for trailers will mandate Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for new heavy vehicle trailers from July 2019 and for selected new heavy trucks and buses from November 2020.

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stepping down as NTC CEO

Stepping Down as NTC CEO

Paul Retter, who has been in charge at the National Transport Commission for the last five years has announced he will be stepping down as NTC CEO on September 28. He has steered the NTC through a period of transition, where its role has been modified as the regulatory and policy landscape around trucking has changed.

Before 2013, the NTC was the only national body in the government arena with which the trucking industry was able to deal on a regular basis about policies and regulations, both for now and in the future.

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finding the pinch points

Possible Live Sheep Export Ban

With speculation rife about a possible live sheep export ban, the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association is calling on all of its members and interested parties to urgently write to their Federal Member of Parliament and other key decision makers to express their view about proposals to phase out live sheep exports.

According to the ALRTA, the continuation of live sheep exports is uncertain. The Federal Parliament is currently debating legislation that will either impose measures to improve the trade or phase it out entirely. There are two Bills before the House of Representatives and more will follow as the Government implements changes to the current live export rules.

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Roughing It in a Parking Bay Overnight 

Roughing It in a Parking Bay Overnight 

It’s good to see someone like Ben Maguire roughing it in a parking bay overnight and not only living to tell the tale, but making a serious point about some basic rights for truckies. It should be a human right for anyone working away from home to have access to toilets, lighting and water. Read more

Go Ahead For Some Reform

The Darwin TIC meeting of Transport Ministers from State and Federal Government has given the go ahead for some reform in a number of important areas for the trucking industry. The news is both good and not so good, depending on your point of view and where you sit in the overall freight transport picture. Read more

A Taste of the NHVR Roadside Experience

Diesel News got a taste of the NHVR Roadside Experience on a recent visit to South Australia, where the first roadside enforcement officers, employed directly by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are looking after heavy vehicles in the state. Read more

Call for Review of the National Trucking Laws

The Australian Trucking Association has made a call for review of the national trucking laws to enable the trucking industry to avoid keep freight moving. According to Ben Maguire, ATA CEO, an independent, agile and wide-ranging review of Australia’s Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is needed urgently and must gain the support of transport ministers. Read more

PBS Access Schmozzle

PBS Access Schmozzle

This week’s Global Heavy Vehicle Leaders summit threw up a great illustration of the PBS access schmozzle and its implications for both trucking operators and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. 

In a conference situation a trucking operator, Paul Cootes, who is frustrated with the road blocks to getting a final sign off from local road managers to allow access for PBS tippers, took the opportunity to get stuck into Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO, about the slowness of the access decision-making. Read more

Are We Ready For the New Roller Brake Testing Rules?

Are We Ready For the New Roller Brake Testing Rules?

It’s been a long time coming, but are we ready for the new roller brake testing rules? The amended procedures and criteria around roller brake testing (RBT) of trucks is settled and the industry can move on. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator went through an exhaustive process to get the testing procedure right and consistent.  Read more

Road vs Rail in the Budget

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison seems to reckon it’s road vs rail in the Budget he handed down this week. Increased infrastructure spending was announced as part of Tuesday’s Budget and sees items from the rail freight industry’s wish list getting the green light at the same time as vital spending on new and improved rest areas for trucks get cut back.
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