The awards announced in the Australia Day Honours this year have brought women to the fore from the road transport industry. In an industry dominated by the male of the species, two women have persevered through the years to represent the trucking industry and its best interests.
If you read about the issues which were coming up in this column a year ago, then anyone looking for real change will be severely disappointed. The problem sseem to be eternal, it all changes and remains the same.
I sometimes wonder whether we are all getting caught up in a lot of high technology hype, getting carried away with autonomous electric trucks et al. Every day there is some new electric or fuel cell truck, a new technology is going to revolutionise trucks and trucking overnight.
After twenty years of CoR we are finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Another stepping stone has appeared this week, as the trucking industry and its regulators set about changing the world one piece at a time. The latest piece in the jigsaw which will see, on completion, rational regulation of the trucking industry, is the Master Industry Code of Practice.
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.