PBS Access Schmozzle

PBS Access Schmozzle

This week’s Global Heavy Vehicle Leaders summit threw up a great illustration of the PBS access schmozzle and its implications for both trucking operators and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. 

In a conference situation a trucking operator, Paul Cootes, who is frustrated with the road blocks to getting a final sign off from local road managers to allow access for PBS tippers, took the opportunity to get stuck into Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO, about the slowness of the access decision-making. Read more

Getting With the Program

Getting With the Program

If the trucking industry, as it stands, wants to make it in the modern world, it’s all about getting with the program. There is going to be no opportunity to carry on doing it like we used to anymore, the world has changed.

As we are so often told, our industry consists of one hell of a lot of small fleets. The number often quoted is 75 per cent of the trucking operators have less than five trucks. We can add to that number a large swathe of fleets with fewer than 100 trucks as well. Read more

A Certain Kind of Character

Remain Vigilant

Things seem to be going quite well for the trucking industry, but we must remain vigilant. While progress is being made on many fronts, and although it may sometimes appear glacial, the industry needs to keep its eye on the ball in the next few months.

The political parties are clearly gearing up for the forthcoming election and starting to lay out the battlegrounds where the tit-for-tat name calling and media bites will be targeted in the coming months. Read more

Getting With the Program

Listening to New Voices

This week some people in the trucking industry and even some from the regulators are listening to new voices on the subject of fatigue. The event in question is the Fatigue Hack-a-thon which is being held in parallel to the Australian Trucking Association’s annual Truck Australia conference, which is being held in Canberra this week. Read more

Getting With the Program

Trucking Boom?

Are we in the middle of a trucking boom? The rocketing figures released this week for the first quarter of 2018 would suggest there is plenty of confidence out there and trucks are walking off the show room floor at a fair clip. Read more

Getting With the Program

Mounting a Rational Argument

There was a breath of fresh air with trucking mounting a rational argument on ABC Radio this week. It makes a pleasant change to hear sensible truckie voices being able to discuss the industry’s issues openly with a presenter who was able to empathise with trucking folk. Read more

Getting With the Program

Promises, Promises, Promises

The trucking industry needs to make sure the latest infrastructure announcements aren’t just promises, promises, promises. The planned improvements are rational and will help trucking do its job into the future, but this is before the politicians have got fully involved. Read more

Getting With the Program

Reading the Future

We can all speculate about what the trucking industry will be like in the future, and we will all be wrong. There are so many different scenarios opening up at the moment – it is impossible to keep up with any of it. There’s electrification, platooning, autonomous trucks, drones, robots and monster ‘fulfilment’ centres on the horizon as we speak. Read more

Getting With the Program

Engaging with Trucking

It seems to be about time those with the power to change things started engaging with trucking. They can’t just continue to restrict and regulate us, hand down commandments, without engaging with the trucking industry and community.
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Getting With the Program

Don’t Park the Parking Issue

It is essential that we don’t park the parking issue for trucks in Australia. The issue of truck drivers being able to find somewhere decent to park their truck and get a proper rest is of the utmost importance and feeds into many of the other issues which are causing issues for trucking’s relationship with wider society.
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