NHVR using states to solve permit issues

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has had to revert to something like the old system of using the state authorities to process permit applications after the new national permit system failed to deliver in the first week of operation, causing delays and confusion for the heavy haulage industry. This follows the announcement, last week, which asked operators seeking permits to approach local authorities themselves to get consent to...

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Toll moves into heavy haulage with NTS acquisition

The Toll Group has grown its capabilities in the over-dimensional and heavy haulage sector with the conditional acquisition of the business and assets of Nationwide Transport Solutions (NTS). NTS has annual revenues of $17 million, is headquartered in Port Kembla, and services the over-dimensional and heavy haulage requirements of major infrastructure projects as well as the energy, alternative energy, and heavy industrial sectors....

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First Road Safety Remuneration Order causes mixed reaction

The RSRO has been met with mixed reactions from the transport industry with some claiming the red tape will be yet another burden on an already fragile industry by adding a new layer of regulation and adding more paperwork for drivers who will need to have written contracts and safe work plans . The RSRO will apply for a four year period from May 1, 2014 till it expires on 30 April 2018 and will result in significant changes across...

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In-vehicle technology in trucks, buses and coaches paper released for comment

A new discussion paper on use of in-vehicle technology in trucks, buses and coaches has been released for industry and public comment. The National Transport Commission paper ‘Developing a Compliance Framework for Heavy Vehicle Telematics’follows a workshop held with stakeholders in October this year. The framework looks at the use of telematics in heavy vehicles and their vehicle-based applications including speed, location, travel...

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New COO for NTC

Dr Geoff Allan has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chief Operating Officer of the National Transport Commission from 13 January 2014. Geoff background is in policy and strategy development, legislative reform and organisational change in the Queensland public service including many years with the Department of Main Roads and Queensland...

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ITTES preparations ensuring a strong Show

The 2014 International Truck Trailer & Equipment Show (ITTES) will be unlike any transport show you have seen in this country says Show Director Clint Hendry. The ITTES says the 2014 is shaping up to be by far the biggest yet. “Exhibitor numbers will top those previously seen at any ITTES to date; there will be 17 major truck brands and over 32 of Australia’s biggest trailer manufacturers on display,” says Mr Hendry. He says all...

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