Brake Testing, B-Triples, Fatigue, Bridges and the Return of the Self-Clearing Defect

The last week in trucking has seen Brake Testing, B-Triples, Fatigue, Bridges and the Return of the Self Clearing Defect make an appearance.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has reintroduced the self-clearing defect notice for heavy-vehicle defects that do not pose a safety risk.

“This category will allow minor non-safety-related defects to be rectified by the operator, including where a vehicle’s number plate is obscured or illegible,” said Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “A self-clearing defect notice means the operator does not have to present the vehicle to an approved person to clear the notice. Read more

General Public Issues with Trucking

The general public issues with trucking are driving new restrictions, people are looking at the trucking industry and not liking what they see. Peter Anderson, Victorian Transport Association CEO, sees this as an issue caused by a lack of understanding of the industry, its make up and its value to the community.

“The industry isn’t just about fleet owners and large truck owners,” says Anderson. “70 per cent of the trucks on the roads in Victoria are rigids. 95 per cent are owned by one person, he’s the cabinet maker or whatever. There’s a lot of businesses which are one truck operations servicing a variety of customers. Read more

Lack of Education for Local Councils

Victoria’s trucking industry and the Victorian Transport Association as its representative has issues with the lack of education for local councils. There are 73 councils in Victoria many of whom are not geared up to dealing with access enquiries on last mile issues. Many have limited transport expertise.

“They are making decisions affecting our industry from an uneducated position,” says Peter Anderson, VTA CEO. “They are trying to do a good job, but they don’t necessarily have the resource to do the best job they can. The industry then has to try and move around what they do, and compensate. Read more

Melham Leaves, Industry Connects, and North Australia and Melbourne Get Connected

In the news this week, from Diesel News, Chris Melham leaves, industry connects, and North Australia and Melbourne get connected with new road plans.

The Australian Trucking Association announced its Chief Executive Officer, Chris Melham will be leaving the ATA on October 14 to take up a new role in another leading industry association.

“On behalf of the ATA, I would like to thank Chris for his five years of service to the Australian trucking industry and the ATA,” said Noelene Watson, ATA Chair. “During his tenure with the ATA, Chris made significant gains in a number of areas including, reconnecting the Tasmanian Transport Association with the ATA, which secured a truly national voice for the Australian trucking industry with membership from every jurisdiction. Read more

Keep Truck Tolls Low

The CEO of the Victorian Transport Association has asked the Victoria Government to keep truck tolls low on the proposed access roads to Melbourne Port. Peter Anderson encouraged Transurban and government to apply a reasonable fairness test in relation to tolls and heavy vehicles on the proposed Western Distributor and road access to the Port of Melbourne. Read more

Freight Monitoring Trial in Victoria

A freight monitoring trial in Victoria, which pairs in-vehicle technology systems with VicRoads data is hoped to help trucks and heavy vehicles better navigate Victoria’s road networks, and at the same time improve efficiencies for operators and safety for drivers.

The VicRoads Innovative Freight Road Trials will include technology from Navman Wireless Australia and Vehicle Monitoring Corporation (VMC). It will help to divert trucks away from low bridges and other vulnerable parts of the network, as well as help to ensure that vehicles carrying dangerous goods are operating safety. Read more

90 km/h Speed Limit

Truck speed limits and variable car speed limits are being introduced on the Monash Freeway in Melbourne. The Victorian Government is undertaking a trial in which speeds on the Monash Freeway will move up and down based on live traffic conditions.

The Dynamic Speed Trial, which starts in early July, running between High Street in Ashburton and Glenferrie Road in Toorak, means car drivers, when it is safe to do so, will be able to increase their speed from 80 km/hour to 100km/hour on this section of the Monash. Read more

HPFV goes Interactive in Victoria

The Victorian Government is extending its High Productivity Freight Vehicle scheme and making information more accessible to the trucking industry. The latest announcement made by Luke Donnellan, Victoria’s Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and Ports will see longer heavy vehicles allowed to use more roads to transport goods.

The Minister announced the new policy to a room of industry leaders at the Victoria Transport Association’s Ministerial Breakfast. The announcement was accompanied by the introduction of an interactive HPFV map, available on the VicRoads website. This will allow operators to better plan journey by displaying infrastructure restrictions along the route for vehicles that fit within the prescribed physical envelope and size. Read more

Safety Solutions for METS

A Melbourne trucking operator has achieved some major safety improvements after a campaign to improve performance. Metropolitan Express Transport Services has a fleet which has grown from twelve vehicles in 1986, to now running in excess of 200 vehicles, ranging in size from small courier vans, to semis.

In recent years a key objective for METS was to improve the management of their work-related road risks in order to reduce, the risk of harm to employees and others, the number of incidents and claims as well as reducing costs, improving WHS performance and meeting corporate social responsibility objectives. Read more