People Power

Walking around the Brisbane Truck Show reminds me just how much the trucking industry is about the people. It’s not about the trucks, or the trailers, or the goods being transported, it’s about the people. There are plenty of characters to meet up with milling around the trucks, all of whom have a story to tell, usually slightly modified from last time you heard it. Looking in from the outside, it probably appears to be about a lot of...

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No Roadside Enforcement

As a result of an industrial dispute there will be no roadside enforcement next week. Unfortunately, this news comes out of Poland – we Australians are not getting a holiday from the rules any time soon. The strike is a result of an ongoing pay dispute.   I would suggest, if the enforcement officers have been disgruntled for some time, the poor truckies getting pulled up at the side of the road on their way to Warsaw would have...

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Good News Bad News

Like all Federal Budgets, when it comes to the trucking industry it’s a bit of good news/bad news. Our elected government ‘giveth with one hand and taketh away with another’, usually in equal measures. This year seems to have been a little less painful than most.   The big ticket item is not about trucks at all. The commitment to the Inland Rail between Melbourne and Brisbane is all about putting money into the rail industry’s...

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Nightmare Scenario

It is the kind of situation many truck drivers dread, something which can play on the mind, the nightmare scenario of turning up as the first person at the scene of an accident. It is more likely to happen to a truckie than any other road user.   Truck drivers spend a lot more time behind the wheel than any other driver. They are also often using the road at times when others are at home playing with the kids, watching TV or...

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Sometimes we are told to not rock the boat, to let sleeping dogs lie, especially on the subject of fatigue and its connected issues in Australia. When addressing the problem, there are two very large elephants in the room we need to acknowledge and also take into account.   For some, fatigue is a problem in the trucking industry and one which must be addressed seriously. For others, fatigue regulations are an issue which must be...

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Confusion Reigns

Looking around the trucking landscape, it is often difficult to think anything other than confusion reigns. As we seem to stagger from one minor crisis to the next there is never a clear way forward and there are a thousand different voices calling for the trucking world to head in one thousand different directions. We do not suffer from misinformation, we are not being fed a line to suit someone else’s agenda. We are not starved of...

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