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To Dob or Not to Dob, That is the Question

Reading the news about a confidential hotline where truck drivers and supply chain workers can call a hotline to report potential safety breaches left me in quandary, to dob or not to dob, that is the question. The announcement this week by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator sees a confidential 1800 number being set up for concerned people in the supply chain to raise concerns.

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do we really care about fuel consumption?

Do We Really Care About Fuel Consumption?

The trucking industry in Australia needs to ask itself this question, do we really care about fuel consumption? Rationally, the answer should of course be yes, but don’t listen to what we say, look at what we actually do.

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no future for hydrogen fuel cell trucks

No Future for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks

After analysing the way some new technologies work a global expert in road transport has concluded there is no future for hydrogen fuel cell trucks, if the goal is sustainability. Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in alternatives to diesel engines to power trucks with a number of well hyped projects using electric or fuel cell power hitting the headlines.

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truckies talking to cops

Truckies Talking to Cops

This week has seen the third in a series of events where there are truckies talking to cops, but in a nice way. There has been a positive reaction on the part of the truckies involved, someone is listening to them.

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Queen’s honour for one of the good guys

Queen’s Honour For One of the Good Guys

On the Queen’s Birthday this week, the trucking industry received a Queen’s honour for one of the good guys. Trevor Martyn has been around the trucking industry for a long career and retained a positive forward thinking attitude to the industry and its issues throughout those years. 

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finding a long term fix for PBS

Finding a Long Term Fix for PBS

The transport ministers of Australia have signed off on a package of reforms, which are all about finding a long term fix for PBS. We have been living with the reality of the Performance Based Standards for quite a few years now and it looks like a very different beast from the one which was described to us by the campaigners who got it up in the first place.

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are electronic work diaries worth it?

Are Electronic Work Diaries Worth It?

This week saw the beginning of the process to approve EWDs, but the question should be asked, are electronic work diaries worth it? Is there a sound reason for bringing them into the already complicated regulatory environment at a time when there a lot of other changes happening in this area? Read more

Roughing It in a Parking Bay Overnight 

Roughing It in a Parking Bay Overnight 

It’s good to see someone like Ben Maguire roughing it in a parking bay overnight and not only living to tell the tale, but making a serious point about some basic rights for truckies. It should be a human right for anyone working away from home to have access to toilets, lighting and water. Read more

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