The Meat in the Sandwich

The trucking industry is very much the meat in the sandwich, in the ongoing arguments about charges by the big stevedores. So called infrastructure charges are simply price gouging by the very small number of powerful national companies, who are running our ports, to maintain their margins at the expense of transport companies already running on much thinner margins.   After the latest announcement this week, the Victorian...

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Complex Answers to Complex Questions

Some of the issues facing the trucking industry require complex answers to complex questions. There are no black and white solutions available, we need to be smart about the issues and even smarter about the way we solve them.   What we are talking about has been sparked by the decision of the authorities in NSW to organise a blitz on all truckies across four states in response to a spike in fatalities in accidents involving...

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Modernise the Fleet

The increased fatality figures in New South Wales have led to calls to modernise the fleet. The shock of the steep increase in deaths in 2017 has provoked a reaction and a number of different solutions have been put forward, including fleet modernisation.   First of all it was Michael Byrne, Toll CEO, in his open letter to the Prime Minister which called for a number of changes. This has been followed by a call from the Truck...

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A Result, of Sorts

The recent attention given to the trucking industry has led to a result, of sorts, for those trying to bring important issues affecting trucking to the fore. The bad news about increased accidents involving trucks, specifically in New South Wales led to a lot of media reaction and some useful initiatives by stakeholders.   One of the good signs was a more measured approach by some of the media. In the past, any kind of bad news...

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Ramping Up the Safety Agenda

Recent events have seen a number of people ramping up the safety agenda, but it shouldn’t need severe criticism from elsewhere to get us fired up. The trucking industry needs to stand together as a single unit on these kinds of issues and present a strong and practical front, backed up by good PR, there is no room for error.   It all started with the road crash statistics from last year. Although relatively low in number, the...

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Heading Them Off At The Pass

The latest crash figures are raising issues and the trucking industry should be heading them off at the pass. The numbers look bad in some areas and are providing fuel to those who want to take the big stick to trucking.   We have been down this road many times before and it’s about time we learnt our lesson. There has been a blip in accident figures which are largely unexplained. We have seen the number of deaths resulting from...

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