This week the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are promising improved targeting by law enforcement of compliance activities as a result of the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy, published earlier in the week.
A criticism of the trucking industry is often that not enough of the people working in the industry are doing the right thing. One person who has been doing the right thing and has often been a lone voice in the wilderness, is Rod Hannifey.
Sometimes it feels like the trucking industry is reaching a tipping point. In fact, it feels like that quite often, but the change may or may not be a quantum shift or a positive one for road transport.
The answer to the simple question, do we want safer trucks? Of course, the answer is yes, no-one wants their trucks to be less safe, do they. However a survey by the national Heavy Vehicle Regulator does highlight an issue.
Reducing the road toll associated with trucking is a multifaceted problem and we need to be smart when finding safe solutions. There is no silver bullet, we need everyone singing from the same hymn sheet and contributing to the overall wide ranging solution.
Judging by the layout of a chart released by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, trucking operators in Australia are going to be spoilt for choice by PBS. There’s plenty of ideas for the industry to get their teeth into and the combinations illustrated may inspire some to come up with further innovations on our roads.
This week has the seen the new face of roadside enforcement unveiled a little more clearly with those representing the different stakeholders in the trucking roadside enforcement game giving us their two bobs worth in Melbourne. The venue was the regular ‘meet the inspectors’ session at the ATA Technical and Maintenance Conference.
So the brave new world of chain of responsibility is with us from the start of this month, it’s finding the pinch points and it’s really starting to bite. No? Well, no surprise there. We have waited around a long time for the CoR laws to find their true target and we can wait a bit longer, as long as they get it right in the end.
Let’s hope October 1 2018 becomes an historic date for the trucking industry. If it works out as hoped, the day will be the point at which genuine responsibility was taken in ensuring there was no undue pressure forcing truck drivers to break the rules to get freight delivered. The day the chain of responsibility started to work properly.
The announcement of a change to the rules governing the transport of hay and supplies in rural areas shows us it takes a major drought to get some common sense on trucking regulations. If it is now OK to load hay on a trailer up to 2.83 metres wide in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT, why wasn’t it the case three weeks ago?