Getting Tippers Right

Getting Tippers Right

When it comes to the question of getting tippers right, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator wants the trailer manufacturers to make the regulations work both for them and their customers. The Heavy Vehicle Industry Association has been asked by the NHVR to lead the development of a new VSB6 modification code that covers the design of tipper bodies.

 

Getting Tippers Right

 

Following the release of Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) Version 3 in July 2017, both HVIA and the NHVR received feedback from tipper body manufacturers revealing confusion over the best way to achieve compliance.

 

“Some manufacturers raised concerns that some tippers would require re-design of tipper body systems in order to meet Australian Standards, required under VSB6,” said Peter Austin, NHVR Vehicle Safety and Performance Manager. “The NHVR recently reviewed the requirements of the relevant parts of the Australian Standard and agreed that the design of tipping systems involves a reasonable amount of engineer level work.

 

“Rather than requiring an engineer to assess every tipper body installation, the NHVR is proposing that a two stage design-modification approach be adopted. We’ve asked Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) to provide a draft of the code in consultation with industry.”

 

Australian Standard AS1418.8 section 4 sets the requirements for tip truck hoisting systems (tipper body systems). These standards have been adopted as part of VSB6 Version 3.

 

To be compliant with the standards, re-design of tipper body system components may be necessary in some cases.

 

“The NHVR recognised the amount of engineer-level work that designing tipping systems requires, and that clearer design guidance is required than outlined in the current VSB6 Section J ” said Paul Caus, HVIA Chief Technical Officer. “Rather than requiring an engineer to assess every tipper body installation, the NHVR is proposing a two stage design-modification approach be adopted. Over the next few weeks HVIA will confer with members who design, manufacture and certify tippers towards creating a working group for the project.”

 

Getting Tippers Right

 

Todd Hacking, HVIA CEO, welcomed the opportunity to draft the modification code.

 

“This has been an issue raised with us by our members and we look forward to working with them to find a solution,” said Hacking. ”HVIA has a proud history of working with Government to find technical solutions, including drafting numerous sections of VSB6 30 years ago.”

Stability Control For All Trucks

Stability Control For All Trucks

Bringing in a measure to mandate stability control for all trucks seems to be approved of by many around the trucking industry. With the need to continue to improve safety outcomes for trucking, and the general community, this would seem to be a consensus view.

 

Stability Control For All Trucks

 

In a submission lodged with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities on, NatRoad urged the Government to require all new heavy vehicles and trailers to be fitted with electronic stability control (ESC) or roll stability control (RSC).

 

“The consultation regulation impact statement sets out the case for mandating ESC for new heavy trucks and buses and RSC for heavy trailers, through modification of the Australian Design Rules,” said Warren Clark, NatRoad CEO. “The preferred Government option is to limit this mandatory requirement to heavy vehicles exclusive of heavy rigid vehicles. It does so based on the assumption that there is a higher probability of prime movers being involved in a fatal or serious injury crash involving a rollover or loss of control.

 

“But NatRoad supports broader implementation because we place road safety as a top priority. The NatRoad preferred option is projected by the Government to save an additional 24 lives over 15 years and avoid an additional 412 serious injuries to workers and the public.

 

“Whilst this comes at an additional cost to industry, NatRoad supports the use of engineering controls as a reasonably practicable measure to minimise the hazards and associated risks of roll-overs. We are therefore supportive of the prospective mandating of ESC and RSC systems in new heavy vehicles.

 

“The Government proposals about timing are supported. They provide an adequate lead-in time for the industry to adapt.”

 

In a similar vein the submission to the Government from the Heavy Vehicle Industry Association highlights the disincentives for trucking operators to update their fleet to include vehicles with improved safety technology.

 

“There are a significant number of ways that Government can also influence fleet purchases ranging from changing taxation policy, to removing constraints on access for vehicles fitted with the latest technology,” said Greg Forbes, HVIA’s National Policy & Government Relations Manager. “To accelerate the take up rate of new safety technologies it is important that operators are encouraged to buy new vehicles.

 

“Current statistics suggest, however, that the rate of purchase of new vehicles is slowing, resulting in an ageing of the fleet. Indirectly, the current regulatory environment has created strong disincentives for operators to purchase a new vehicle based on available load capacity.

 

Stability Control For All Trucks

 

“Even though there may be fuel savings, additional safety and productivity features available to the operator, purchasing a new vehicle is not an attractive proposition to a significant number of operators. Updates to vehicle technology has resulted in increases in heavy vehicle tare mass over the last 20 years when considering identically specified vehicles.

 

“Unless government address some of these current indirect factors – mandating the new braking standards will not see the majority of heavy vehicles with ABS, ESC and/or RSC until after the 2030 to 2035 time frame.

 

“Even a small reduction of average age will see an improvement in ABS penetration, as many OEM’s began fitting ABS as standard.”

 

Preventative Maintenance is Vital

Is Roller Brake Testing Finally Sorted?

After a long drawn out process, the trucking industry can finally ask, is roller brake testing finally sorted? According to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, new roller brake testing procedures have commenced across Australia. This follows 18 months of testing and evaluation after it was found existing procedures were producing inconsistent results after national standards were brought in.

 

Is Roller Brake Testing Finally Sorted?

 

“The national brake testing standard of 45 per cent g, or 4.4kN/t, was released as part of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual in 2016,” says Les Bruzsa, NHVR Chief Engineer. “The NHVR has worked closely with Roads and Maritime Services and the heavy vehicle industry to look at why some roller brake testing methods deliver differing results, when compared to other in-service brake testing methods.

 

“The working group has now developed the National roller brake testing procedure with machines used by state jurisdictions to be updated over the next 12 months. The working group has focused on identifying issues and delivering a robust procedure that will be effective for all vehicle types using current roller brake testing infrastructure.”

 

These new National roller brake test procedures will require software updates to roller brake test machines, with initial updates to occur over the next 12 months. An initial three-month start-up period including information, training and minor equipment changes for state jurisdictions is underway.

 

The NHVR has said heavy vehicle inspections will continue under the current arrangements until May 1 after which all tests will be performed using either the National roller brake testing procedure or the Alternative phase in procedure.

 

For roller brake testing machines operated by accredited third party examiners (commonly known as Authorised  Inspection Stations) machines will be updated as part of routine servicing over the next 12 months and the new national procedure adopted once the machine is updated.

 

“The NHVR Roller Brake Test Working Group has now developed the National roller brake testing procedure to align with the increased brake performance standard set in the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM)” said Paul Caus, HeavyVehicle Industry Association Chief Technical Officer.

 

Trials of roller brake testing methods were conducted last August at Marulan Heavy Vehicle Testing Station, as a joint initiative coordinated by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

 

Is Roller Brake Testing Finally Sorted?

 

“Utilising the extensive data obtained from the testing, has allowed detailed comparison of different roller brake testing methods,” said Caus. “Following the release of the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey, it was clear that further work needed to be carried out on an appropriate and fair procedure, particularly for trailers.

 

“The testing enabled us to compare all sorts of different scenarios including trailers fitted with advanced braking systems, such as stability control and ABS. Importantly, we looked at the vehicles as they are typically presented at a roadside test station or mobile test unit. There was no special preparation of vehicles to try and get the best test results.

 

“The exercise has illustrated the value of industry groups working together with government by producing a procedure that is practical and robust, and meets the safety benchmarks set out in the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual.”

 

Download the new procedure here.

The rollout of new roller brake testing explained 

Vehicle Standards Guide 21 National roller brake testing procedure

 

 

 

Santa, Siemens, Streamlining and Peter Langworthy

Santa, Siemens, Streamlining and Peter Langworthy

There’s plenty of new technology in this week’s news plus more, including Santa, Siemens, Streamlining and Peter Langworthy.

 

Santa, Siemens, Streamlining and Peter Langworthy
Peter Langworthy.

Heavy Vehicle Industry Association (HVIA) President, Peter Langworthy, has chosen to step down from the HVIA Board. He has been President since October 2016 and a Director since 2015. Vice President Nathan Usher will fulfil all duties of the President until an Extraordinary General Meeting of members is scheduled by the Board.

 

HVIA Chief Executive Brett Wright said Langworthy’s contribution had been particularly valuable through the transition to a national association.

 

“Peter has been a generous contributor to our organisation and a wise counsel for many years,” said Wright. “We will greatly miss his passion, his strategic vision and his insightful perspective. More than any of that, he is a man of great character and integrity whom I’ve been honoured to work with. We all wish Peter the very best.”

 Santa, Siemens, Streamlining and Peter Langworthy

Santa in a Truck

 

After regular appearances elsewhere in the world the Coca-Cola Christmas truck is coming to Australia. The bright red, and highly illuminated, truck is to spend its time in the lead-up to the festive season traveling with the Salvation Army to a number of regional communities.

 

The cavalcade is to bring more than 580 people from Coke and The Salvos, celebrity guests and volunteers to three areas. The Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour has set off this week ready to deliver some festive cheer to regional Australian communities that need some extra love.

 

We’ve long been associated with the festive season and the joy it brings in the Northern Hemisphere, so we’re delighted to introduce it here with a uniquely Australian Christmas flavour,” said Lisa Winn, Coca-Cola Marketing Manager.

 Santa, Siemens, Streamlining and Peter Langworthy

Electric Roads in California

 

In the US, Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are conducting a one-mile, zero-emission eHighway demonstration in Carson, California, near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

 

Three trucks hauling freight are running along the stretch of highway that uses Siemens technology to electrify select highway lanes via an overhead catenary system. This catenary system supplies the trucks with electric power, similar to how modern-day trolleys or streetcars are powered on many city streets, and the system also allows for truck operation outside of the electrified sections of infrastructure.

 Santa, Siemens, Streamlining and Peter Langworthy

Going with the Flow

 

XStream Trucking has launched, in the US, its aerodynamic device ‘TruckWings’ to address the gap between a prime mover and trailer when at highway speeds. The TruckWings’ design was developed through wind tunnel, track and road testing is automatically deploying large panels to cover the sides and top of the tractor-trailer gap.

 

The panels, made of high-impact, glass-reinforced composites, create a continuous connection between the truck and trailer so the air flows smoothly over the entire length of the truck. When the truck slows down, the panels retract without driver intervention, providing the necessary clearance for turns at any angle.

 

VW Group Investment

 

The Volkswagen truck group is reported to be set to spend $3.7 billion upgrading plants in Europe, Asia and Africa. 50 per cent of the spend will be on the main MAN plant in Munich, Germany. The pan is to build a major new cab paint shop plus improved research and development facilities. 

ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing

ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing

Among the topics in the news this week from Diesel News are ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing.

ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing

The Australian Government should require new trucks and trailers to be fitted with stability control technology and should do it fast, according to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA).

 

Geoff Crouch, ATA Chair, said electronic stability control is a vehicle safety system that monitors the stability and sideways acceleration of a heavy vehicle, and kicks in to brake the vehicle if it detects a rollover starting.

 

“It’s a vital safety technology and should be mandatory for new trucks and trailers,” said Crouch.

 

The President of the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of South Australia, David Smith, said that mandatory stability control was in the best interests of the trucking industry, including rural operators.

 

“For us, adverse conditions are an everyday occurrence. Our gear cops an absolute pounding from rutted roads, stones and sticks along with the dust that gets into absolutely everything,” said Smith. “While running costs are always higher in these environments, there are still net benefits for operators who install the latest generation of stability control systems.

 

PBS Assessment

 

A evaluation of the Performance Based Standards(PBS) scheme is being carried out by the National Transport Commission (NTC). It is expected to look at ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the PBS scheme, and in doing so respond to Australia’s growing freight task.

 

Findings outlined in Assessing the effectiveness of the PBS Scheme show PBS vehicles:

  • were involved in 46 per cent fewer major crashes;
  • had a reduction of 440 million kilometres in truck travel and saved at least four lives in 2014-2016;
  • delivered 24.8 per cent productivity gains across all commodities;
  • delivered a 6.2 per cent gross tonne-kilometre saving for 2016;
  • saved about $65 million in road maintenance expenses; and
  • saved 94 million litres of fuel in 2016 and reduced CO2 emissions by 250,000 tonnes.

 

“Road freight is projected to increase by 26 per cent in the next 10 years. PBS vehicles are well placed to assist industry and government in coping with this forecasted growth,” said Paul Retter, NTC CEO. “Since 2007 when the world-first scheme started, PBS vehicles have been involved in fewer crashes, carried more freight with fewer trips, generated lower emissions and reduced road maintenance expenditure. We need to continue improving the scheme to promote greater uptake of these vehicles.”

 

Linfox and Pacific National

ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing

Linfox has entered into a consortium with Pacific National to purchase the containerised freight haulage and end-to-end freight forwarding capability on Queensland’s northern freight line. Forming a consortium with Pacific National is the first step towards purchasing these assets that are currently owned by Aurizon Queensland Intermodal.

 

Pacific National will be working with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to gain clearance for the acquisition of other assets of Aurizon Queensland Intermodal. Linfox has said it will support this process.

 

If the Pacific National transaction is cleared by the ACCC, Linfox will acquire and use the rail haulage capacity supplied by Pacific National to supply intra-state and interstate freight forwarding services to customers in Queensland and Northern Queensland.

 

Truck Classes Chart

ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released a Classes of Heavy Vehicle chart to assist operators to match common heavy vehicles with the three categories used under the law.

 

“While the NHVR and operators use common terms such as B-doubles, low loaders or mobile cranes for Restricted Access Vehicles, they are classified into classes under the HVNL,” said Roger Garcia. “For example, pick and carry cranes commonly fall under the Class 1 heavy vehicle category, and this can be easily determined from our new easy-to-read chart.”

 

The new chart illustrates other common examples from the three different classes of heavy vehicles, such as oversize, over-mass vehicles, special purpose vehicles, agricultural vehicles and vehicles under the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme.

 

Roller Brake Testing

 

Trials of roller brake testing methods were conducted at Marulan Heavy Vehicle Testing Station ahead of next month’s end of transition arrangements in New South Wales. Coordinated by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), the joint initiative involved Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

 

The testing will allow further comparison of different roller brake testing methods and will inform the development of national requirements to align with the increased brake performance standard set in the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM).

 

The latest version of the manual reflects a correction to the brake performance standard in line with Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) achieved through ATA and industry representation.

 

New CoR Forums

 

The second phase of the NHVR’s Chain of Responsibility (CoR) education program will kick off in October with 26 forums across Australia. NHVR Chain of Responsibility Manager Michael Crellin said the forums would build on the awareness sessions for industry conducted earlier this year.

 

“This is a four-phase process to support the changes to CoR coming in mid 2018,” said Crellin. “We had great engagement during the first phase. We’ve worked our way through the feedback and are currently developing materials to provide practical help for industry.

 

“The materials will provide users with information to identify risks relevant to their operations and install systems that meet the requirements of the law and improve safety.”

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

This week in Diesel News, it’s all happening. Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory.

 

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

Heavy Vehicle Industry Association (HVIA) CEO, Brett Wright, has announced his impending retirement from his current role.

 

“It is with many great memories, fondness and pride that I announce my leaving HVIA,” said Wright. “I have been privileged, firstly to have been given the opportunity to work for the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) all those years ago and then to continue to lead it over the last twenty years culminating in its transformation into a truly national industry body, HVIA, in 2015.”

 

Wright began his career at the predecessor to the HVIA, the CVIAQ, in 1996 and took over the role of CEO shortly after. During his tenure, the organisation has been instrumental in advocating for the heavy-vehicle industry on many major issues and most notably through the transition to Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)under the auspices of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

 

Wright has represented the industry on numerous peak regulatory committees and working groups on issues ranging from Australian Design Rules (ADRs), Performance Based Standards (PBS), Vehicle Modification to Workforce Development programs and National Training Package development.

 

Increased Access for Long Vehicles

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

VicRoads has announced access for Level 2 PBS-approved High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFVs) up to 30 metres in length carrying cubic/volumetric freight will be improved significantly across Victoria’s road network.

 

Operators with combinations up to 30.0 metres in length and 68.5 tonnes (no heavier than a conventional B-double) can access a significant portion of the arterial road network under an annual permit provided they comply with the PBS Level 2 standards.

 

The map page and map can be found here.

 

TruckSafe and Construction Contracts

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

According to Ben Maguire, Australian Trucking Association (ATA) CEO, the federal and state governments should improve safety on major infrastructure projects by making TruckSafe accreditation a mandatory part of construction contracts. The statement followed an event where Maguire joined Chief Inspector Phil Brooks, as NSW Police and RMS officers inspected construction trucks working on the WestConnex project in Sydney.

 

“It was impressive to see first-hand how the NSW Police delivered such a professional intervention to raise the standards on our roads,” said Maguire. “But they shouldn’t have had to do the inspections at all. The professional, safe trucking businesses that join ATA member associations like Road Freight NSW and our safety management scheme, TruckSafe, are sick and tired of hearing reports about the small minority of unsafe trucks on the road.

 

“Sydney has a decade of major infrastructure work ahead. Governments and businesses need to act now to make construction trucks safer. The Australian and state governments should make TruckSafe accreditation, or its equivalent, a mandatory part of construction contracts.”

 

Tax Change Concerns

 

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has said it agrees with the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and other industry groups about a recent Australian Taxation Office (ATO) determination that will reduce how much drivers can claim for travel on their tax returns.

 

ATO Determination TD 2017/19, issued on 3 July, has reduced the ‘reasonable amount’ that an employee driver, or an owner-driver, may claim for travel expenses without substantiation by $42.10, which translates to a 43 per cent reduction.

 

VTA CEO Peter Anderson, in his capacity as Secretary and Treasurer of ARTIO, has written to the ATO to express concern about the lack of consultation with industry about the Determination, along with the impact such a significant reduction will have on individual drivers and their income.

 

“We are amazed the ATO has made such a far-reaching Determination that will leave drivers and their families so significantly out of pocket without bothering to inform the industry,” said Anderson.

 

Victoria Highway Upgrade

 

Works to strengthen the Victoria Highway between Western Australian and the Northern Territory will soon be under way, with the contract to deliver the $35.5 million bridge replacement projects at Big Horse and Little Horse Creeks awarded to Northern Territory business Allan King and Sons.

 

“The Victoria Highway is the only sealed link between the Northern Territory and Western Australia, which means this upgrade project is critical to the keeping the Perth to Darwin freight corridor open for business,” said Darren Chester, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. “This project will replace the existing bridges of Big Horse and Little Horse Creeks to 1-in-20-year flood immunity standards, consistent with other crossings along the Victoria Highway. It will create approximately 60 jobs, 10 of which will be allocated as Indigenous positions.”

 

The new bridges ill replace the existing crossings with higher structures, along with raised road approaches and culverts at low points to minimise the impact of flooding.

 

 

Post-McAleese Pain, Road Rules Change, VSB6 and Qube Loan

Post-McAleese Pain, Road Rules Change, VSB6 and Qube Loan

Among the headlines in Diesel News this week are Post-McAleese Pain, Road Rules Change, VSB6 and Qube Loan, plus West Gate Tunnel issues and Combinations Explained.

 

More of the former McAleese road transport operation is set to close, as McGrathNicol are appointed receivers to ARX Group and RMS East Group. The administrators have been appointed to handle Australian Road Express and its subsidiary ARX Group, and Rivet Mining Services East Holdco and its subsidiary RMS East Group.

 

The ARX Group is a provider of nationwide logistics solutions. It has its headquarters in Perth with depots in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It has approximately 180 employees. The RMS East Group comprises heavy haulage and crane depots in Newcastle (NSW), Rockhampton (QLD) and Emerald (QLD). The business provides lifting and haulage solutions primarily to the mining, energy and infrastructure industries. Approximately 70 personnel provide the heavy haulage and crane services and operations.

 

McGrathNicol point out the appointment does not affect other entities within the Rivet Group.

 

 

Road Rules Changes

 

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released the latest package of proposed amendments to the Australian Road Rules for public consultation.

 

“The proposed changes aim to harmonise the road rules across the states and territories to improve road user safety,” said Paul Retter, NTC CEO. “For example, in November 2016 transport ministers agreed to pursue a national approach to motorcycle lane filtering which is included in this proposed amendment package.”

 

Key changes include:

  • new load restraint requirements to improve clarity about legal obligations
  • updating technology-based terminology for rules that govern the use of visual display units and mobile phones
  • new rules that impose restrictions on drivers’ use of ‘bus only’ lanes.

 

The discussion document can be downloaded here.

 

 

VSB6 Released

Post-McAleese Pain, Road Rules Change, VSB6 and Qube Loan

Updated checklists, compliance procedures, new codes for installation of roll over systems and falling object protection systems are among the key changes for Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6: National Code of Practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications (VSB6).

 

 

“The new VSB6 allows the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to keep pace with the growth in technology and delivers a modern, national standard for heavy vehicle modifications in all states and territories, including Western Australia and the Northern Territory,” said Peter Austin, NHVR Manager – Vehicle Safety and Performance. “This is yet another measure we are taking to improve the roadworthiness of Australia’s heavy-vehicle fleet and boost safety for all road users.”

 

The transition to the revised code will be on the table at a series of Industry Forums being held by the Heavy Vehicle Industry Association (HVIA) across Australia during August. According to the HVIA, non-members are most welcome to attend.

The information forums will take place in:

Brisbane – Tuesday, 1 August

Melbourne – Thursday, 3 August

Sydney – Thursday, 10 August

Adelaide – Wednesday, 16 August

Perth – Thursday ,17 August

 

West Gate Tunnel Issues

 

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has made recommendations in its response to the West Gate Tunnel Environmental Effects Statement (EES) that, if accepted, would make the proposed road more efficient and productive for operators moving freight in and out of the Port of Melbourne.

 

“Our strategic assessment of the merits of the Environmental Effects Statement of the West Gate Tunnel Project, has determined the project will deliver a high level of benefit in providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge and supporting the productivity and performance of the M1 corridor,” said Peter Anderson, VTA CEO.

 

“While the project will assist in improving transport connections with the city and the western and inner western suburbs, the need for the Port of Melbourne to grow and prosper is vital to the overall prosperity of Victoria, and this Project must deliver on Melbourne’s future growth opportunities.”

 

Specifically, the VTA has recommended plans to meter heavy-vehicle entry ramps be abandoned on safety grounds, and to keep truck traffic moving seamlessly.

 

 

Combinations Chart

 

The NHVR has released a new chart showing 39 common heavy-vehicle combinations, with details about weight limits, length and vehicle classes.

Post-McAleese Pain, Road Rules Change, VSB6 and Qube Loan

The chart can be downloaded here.

 

$150 Million for Qube

 

Qube Holdings is set to borrow up to $150 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to fund its Moorebank Logistics Park in Sydney. The seven-year bilateral debt facility is to provide a medium-term finance for the staged construction of the project.

 

The fund is helping Qube in this way, because the new terminal, when it opens in 2030, is expected to take trucks off the roads of Sydney by increasing the use of rail networks to move freight in the city.

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International Dealers Announced, Quads In NSW, Better Battery Charging and HVIA On The Road

This week’s news from Diesel News includes International Dealers Announced, Quads In NSW, Better Battery Charging and HVIA On The Road.

Iveco has announced the first group of dealerships involved in sales, service and parts support for the International range in Australia. They are all current Iveco Dealers, as well as authorised Cummins service outlets.

International Dealers Announced, Quads In NSW, Better Battery Charging and HVIA On The Road

Those appointed to bring International back to Australia include Sydney IVECO, Thomas Bros and Blacklock’s in New South Wales, Brisbane IVECO and Wideland Trucks and Equipment group in Queensland, Adelaide IVECO in South Australia, Smith Trucks in Victoria and AV Truck Services in Perth, Western Australia.

Iveco reckon further retail outlets will be appointed in all states of Australia along with Parts and Service only branches to provide a broader support network for the International brand, in its relaunch.

Quads in NSW

Roads and Maritime Services NSW is to allow BAB Quads on the Mitchell Highway between North Bourke and the Queensland Border. Road Manager consent has been sent to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has been granted for a prescriptive BAB Quad on the, currently approved, Type 2 Road Train route.

RMS says access for AAB Quad road trains will be considered on a case by case basis and subject to demonstrated performance being no worse than the current A-triple’s performance, but warn, due to the additional axles and thus increased total mass of this combination, additional bridge assessments may be required.

HVIA on the Road

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia has announced it will hold a series of events across Australia during August, to give all industry stakeholders the opportunity to influence policy development on the future of the heavy vehicle industry.

“Right now the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is working through strategies that will dictate how the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme works on a national basis,” said Brett Wright, HVIA CEO. “This is a once in a generation opportunity to make sure the flaws in the existing scheme are eradicated, and improved processes are adopted nation wide.

Better Battery Charging

You can maximise the life of your truck battery if you follow the right handling and charging procedures for the type of battery in your truck, said the ATA’s Senior Engineering Adviser, Chris Loose, on the release of the ATA’s new Batteries and battery charging Technical Advisory Procedure (TAP).

“There are different types of lead acid batteries commonly used in trucks, and there’s important procedures to follow when handling or installing them,” said Loose. “Don’t mix battery types either on the truck or when charging them in the workshop. If you do, it could shorten their life. The ATA’s new guide on batteries includes information on charging, testing, handling, problem areas and jump starting a truck with flat batteries.”

Download the TAP here

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Trade Skills Centre Opening

A new Trade Skills Centre has been opened in Glenala State High School, based in the Archerfield, Richlands, Wacol area where much of the trucking industry is based, to the West of Brisbane. The TSC is a federally funded initiative through the Trade Training Centres in Schools Project and will, with the help of the Heavy Vehicle Industry Association, be the venue for the delivery of the Certificate 2 in Automotive Vocational Preparation (heavy vehicle stream) and Certificate 2 in Logistics to Year 11 and 12 students from July 2016.

 

“The success of the Glenala Trade Skills Centre provides HVIA with a model to roll out to the other regions in Australia to support the entire heavy vehicle industry having access to trained school leavers seeking entry level positions within the industry,” said Brett Wright, HVIA CEO.

 

HVIA has received support from industry on this project, in particular, Iveco Trucks Brisbane who donated a second hand Iveco Eurocargo truck to the school as the mainstay resource the students will use during training.

 

Wright congratulated the staff from The Brown and Hurley Group, Cummins South Pacific, Warby Tools and Levanta Superior Workshop Solutions who have been providing their industry expertise to the project to ensure that the TSC was workshop capable.

 

Heavy vehicle trainers from Queensland TAFE SkillsTech and driveline service specialists, Gibbs Truck and Trailer Parts spent many hours modifying the Iveco truck and preparing it for its second life as a training resource.

 

HVIA has partnered with the school on this project since 2012 when the initial funding application was first made. It has been instrumental in determining the training package to be delivered, the suitability of the registered training organisation to conduct the delivery and led a working group from its Service Managers Council who co-ordinated with school staff and their stakeholders in the development of the building plans, fit out of the Centre and selection of training resources required.

 

HVIA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Glenala SHS in September 2015 which formally established a commitment between the two entities to work co-operatively for the next three years to achieve successful training, work experience and employment outcomes for the students who undertake the heavy vehicle training at the TSC.

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Heavy Vehicle Engineering Conference 

Anyone involved on the technical side of the trucking industry may be interested in a conference coming up in Melbourne in July. The two-day ComVec conference will be held on July 19-20 at the Melbourne Park Convention Centre, organised by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s (HVIA).

 

The conference aims to explore changing technology in the heavy vehicle industry and understand key regulatory factors that will impact the future of the industry. Delegates can gain insights from technical experts and designers who can respond to industry-specific questions and hear the latest updates on new truck models and chassis designs direct from the OEM.

 

“If you are a trailer manufacturer, heavy vehicle body builder, equipment modifier, specialised vehicle manufacturer, equipment supplier or installer, Performance Based Standards (PBS) consulting engineer, vehicle modifier, transport fleet manager or anyone involved in the final fit-out process then ComVec will offer you the latest information on new policy and standards, innovation and technology,” said a statement released by HVIA.

 

The 2016 ComVec will be bringing together a line-up of 25 national and international guest speakers including the leading policy advocates from relevant government departments affecting the heavy vehicle industry.

 

The program is expected to include:

  • Information on design changes to the newest truck models on the Australian market, changes to the VSB6 code of practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications
  • The effects of suspension design on vehicle stability and tracking
  • Engineering applications for adhesives
  • Design features that affect vehicle performance
  • Electronic Brake Systems (EBS) benefits to operators
  • Key changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual
  • A multi-combination brake compatibility guide
  • Changing LED lighting technology
  • New oil technology
  • Advances of aerodynamic semi trailer systems