Dropping Trailers in Wagga

A news story this week about trucking operators dropping trailers in Wagga is one which could be repeated all over the country. The drastic lack of decent and safe facilities where trailers can be left during changeovers is a national problem, illustrated here in a major transport hub.   The story in Wagga’s Daily Advertiser this week tells of local demands in the city for a specialist truck parking bay after locals raised...

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National Standard Next Week

From July 1, the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) Version 2.1 will be the national standard for heavy vehicle inspections in all participating jurisdictions. For many this will mean some minor adjustments to procedures to ensure trucks comply.   For those using their own brake roller testers in New South Wales, this means quite a change. Both the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Roads and Maritime Services...

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Trucks Will Fail Brake Test

It is another of those unseen problems which keep on creeping up on us. This time it is a change in brake testing rules, which no-one is ready for. Changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator roller brake testing rules will be coming on June 11 and the consequences are far from clear.   What we have is a situation which keeps on popping up with alarming regularity. A rule change which is being used by one part of the way the...

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It Begins Again

Happy New Year to all our readers from dieselnews.com.au. Let’s hope it’s a good one and a number of promising developments from 2015 come to fruition. Over the last five years, a lot of promises were made, which didn’t come off. Now, the promises are a bit more believable, and seem to come with realistic deadlines.   If there is one week of the year when we can allow ourselves to be hopeful and positive, it is the first week of...

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Confused? You will be!

Yet again, this week we see the lives of the trucking community being made more complicated by people in government offices laying down silly rules , but without clarity or explanation. Yes, we are back again with the wonderful Roads and Maritime Services of New South Wales and the low loader license debacle.   It’s not just me who is being confused by the RMS. This week the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator put out their weekly...

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Who’s Running the Show?

Just to keep the trucking industry aware of its reputation, NSW’s Roads and Maritime Services has done it again. In a direct contradiction of its previous advice, the RMS has now informed heavy haulage operators traveling from interstate they will be required to hold an MC license if using a dolly between prime mover and trailer.     “Drivers who operate a low loader trailer, connected to a low loader dolly attached to...

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