Listening to New Voices

  This week some people in the trucking industry and even some from the regulators are listening to new voices on the subject of fatigue. The event in question is the Fatigue Hack-a-thon which is being held in parallel to the Australian Trucking Association’s annual Truck Australia conference, which is being held in Canberra this week.   The hack sees a number of teams from four to eight strong coming into the event to...

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Trucking Boom?

  Are we in the middle of a trucking boom? The rocketing figures released this week for the first quarter of 2018 would suggest there is plenty of confidence out there and trucks are walking off the show room floor at a fair clip.   The numbers are impressive, new records were achieved in a number of market segments as well as overall figures. It may be difficult to recall this point ten years ago, the last time the truck...

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Mounting a Rational Argument

There was a breath of fresh air with trucking mounting a rational argument on ABC Radio this week. It makes a pleasant change to hear sensible truckie voices being able to discuss the industry’s issues openly with a presenter who was able to empathise with trucking folk.   The two representatives of the trucking industry, Rod Hannifey and Sharon Middleton, were able to expand on the issues at hand and show a great deal of...

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Promises, Promises, Promises

The trucking industry needs to make sure the latest infrastructure announcements aren’t just promises, promises, promises. The planned improvements are rational and will help trucking do its job into the future, but this is before the politicians have got fully involved.   Projected growth in the Australian population, economy and cities tells us the art of getting goods from A to B in the next twenty or so years is going to get...

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Reading the Future

We can all speculate about what the trucking industry will be like in the future, and we will all be wrong. There are so many different scenarios opening up at the moment – it is impossible to keep up with any of it. There’s electrification, platooning, autonomous trucks, drones, robots and monster ‘fulfilment’ centres on the horizon as we speak. Looking back into the past, there were long periods when technology hardly changed. Then,...

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Engaging with Trucking

It seems to be about time those with the power to change things started engaging with trucking. They can’t just continue to restrict and regulate us, hand down commandments, without engaging with the trucking industry and community.   There are a lot of misconceptions about trucks and trucking. The results of these misconceptions can vary a lot, but many of them have adverse consequences for trucking or the general public. For...

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