Training, Training, Training
Mar29

Training, Training, Training

In the same way the real estate agent will talk about location, location, location, anyone talking about the best future for the trucking industry has to talk about training, training, training. The industry needs to progress, but the workforce is getting older and the supply of bright young talent is dwindling. Why is the supply dwindling and why are experienced workers leaving the industry? It’s because it’s not an attractive...

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Risk Benefit Analysis
Mar15

Risk Benefit Analysis

Any sane person doing a risk benefit analysis of truck driving would refuse to contemplate the idea without a very high salary on offer. However, there are plenty of people willing and able to drive trucks in some pretty dire conditions for not a lot of pay. The idea of sticking yourself on the front of 60 plus tonnes of steel flying down a badly maintained highway at 100 km/h, with poorly trained and uncaring motorists all around...

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Less Change, To Get More Change
Mar08

Less Change, To Get More Change

Listening to our Federal Minister, Darren Chester, when he departed from his prepared script, talking to the ALC Forum dinner guests in Melbourne, he made a point about needing less change, to get more change. This may be a difficult objective to achieve, but we seem to be heading down the right path, for now.   The point he talks to is well made. The road transport industry has suffered at the hands of our crazy political cycles...

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Road Versus Rail
Mar01

Road Versus Rail

The trucking industry has always had a problematic relationship with the railway industry, or more specifically, the rail freight industry as road versus rail tensions continue. A lot of this is historical, dating back to the time when state governments limited licenses for trucks to carry freight in order to drive business onto the state owned railways.   This kind of restriction on trade lead to massive inefficiencies and high...

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Hitting the Right Target
Feb21

Hitting the Right Target

The stats prove we are not talking to the people we need to communicate with, trucking needs to make sure it’s safety message is hitting the right target audience. Actually, it’s not just trucking, there is a need for everyone concerned with safety to reach the demographic, which is the main issue.   Owen Driscoll from NTI and involved its National Truck Accident Research Centre has spent many years going around with a safety...

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Feb14

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

We often have to sit and listen to the powers that be telling us how committed they are on safety, our reaction is often something like, ‘put your money where your mouth is’. Well, this week someone finally did, it’s not a massive amount but it is significant symbolically. The Australian Trucking Association has run some kind of Safety Trailer around since the early nineties. It began as a way of spreading the word, via visits to...

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