If you were to interview a group of school leavers in Year 12 and ask the question, who wants to be a truck driver? How many positive responses would you get? The answer would be not many, if any. Very few of our young people are fired up with the romantic vision of being a knight of the open road and get to see our wonderful country from the cabin of a state of the art truck. Read more
As part of our new Rural Trucking Matters series, the Question being asked by the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association’s Executive Director, Mathew Munro is, “Heavy Vehicle Charging Reform: Threat or Opportunity?” Here are Mathew’s thoughts on the matter: Read more
The latest issues paper has been released by the National Transport Commission in the long winded process to completely rebuild from the ground up the Heavy Vehicle National Law, and it seems to be calling for common sense and rationality? Never!
The fact that I drove past one particular work site three times this week started me thinking about what happens when a local issue becomes a national problem. Sometimes, there are problems which blow up in a very specific area, but the way they play out and how they are handled could have implications for people thousands of kilometres away in similar situations, when precedents are set. Read more
Here in Australia we all complain about the problem involved in crossing the borderline with a truck. Things have been getting a lot better in recent years, but there is still clear disparity between the way regulations are written and interpreted from state to state. Read more
Perhaps many people in the trucking industry are suffering from fatigue fatigue, but now is not the time for slacking off, we need to wake up and get working. There is plenty of work to be done, mainly consultation about the fatigue provisions which will be included in the new Heavy Vehicle National Law, to be premiered next year by the National Transport Commission.
Now might be a good time to start preparing for the return of the RSRT. In the wake of the defeat of the Labor Party at the recent election some people in the industry may be thinking that the plans and minimum rates reforms being spruiked by Senator Sterle and the Transport Workers Union have gone away. They have gone away, for now, but they may well come back.
As an industry we need more than talk when it comes to developing training and accreditation to bring more people into the trucking industry and save it from the generational crunch which is coming. It’s not as if this is a new problem, it has been coming a long time and there has been a lot of talk for a lot of time. Now is the time for action.
There has to be a suspicion that there is some sheer bloody mindedness going on in the corridors of power, the question is where? The problem is the trucking industry has probably got so used to be treated like a second, or even third class citizen that we think it’s normal.
Well it is all over, the Coalition Government has been returned to power and now the transport industry can get back to business as usual. Or so it thinks. For the trucking industry, there were concerns about the return of some form of RSRT, although in recent speeches, Labor’s Senator Glenn Sterle had been working hard to allay fears of a return to the chaotic scenes during the last Labor government.