By Paul Weiss, Transport SME, Transtech, a division of Teletrac Navman
Running any transport operation is challenging, yet like any dangerous good, bitumen hauling comes with an extra layer of difficulty. Not only do you need to adhere to the highest levels of safety practices, but delivery needs to happen at the right time and at the right temperature or the bitumen becomes solid as a rock. The past practice of managing deliveries using spreadsheets, a flurry of emails, SMS notifications and phone calls means this is hit and miss. One of our customers, Fulton Hogan found that breakdowns in communication between office staff, drivers and customers made it difficult to deliver the quality service it prides itself on. It was becoming far too easy for human error to creep in, resulting in penalties of up to $3,000 per hour for late or cold deliveries. A new means of completing jobs was critical if the company was going to stay compliant with safety regulations without spending hours on manual tasks. Read more
A chain is only as good as its weakest link. With the changes in Chain of Responsibility (CoR) regulations, which come into effect early next year, senior executives beyond your compliance manager will face increased scrutiny in the role they play in their organisation’s safety culture.
The existing legislation already gave anyone with influence in the transport chain responsibility for not breaching Heavy Vehicle National Law. What’s changed is how authorities will view liability and pursue action. In a shift away from reactive responses, prosecution no longer hinges on an actual breach, only a foreseeable risk. Read more
When it comes to keeping your drivers safe, fatigue is one of the biggest challenges. Drivers spending long hours on the road suffer from impaired judgement and can struggle with a host of other psychological and physical health issues. If they’re awake longer than 24 hours, research shows they drive like someone with a blood alcohol limit twice the legal amount, and are seven times more likely to have an accident. Read more
You can’t run a trucking business without fuel but you can manage your usage.
Apart from simple maintenance inspections, keeping your service intervals up to date and adjusting your driving habits, the Hino Traq Fuel Gauge can help you reduce one of your highest recurring costs.
Fuel Gauge can help you track your vehicle fuel consumption individually for each truck and cross-analysis your usage across the entirety of your fleet, arming you with all the vital over-revving and over-idling reports to not only help optimise consumption but cut costs. Read more
It’s a whole new world out there. Digital technology, engineering, energy production, infrastructure – innovation has swept through every single industry on the face of the Earth, and mostly for the better. In the transportation industry, the buzz word that’s making the rounds is ‘fuel cells’. But what is it really? And how does it affect you? Read more
It’s empowering to become your own boss, do things your way and be responsible for your business. However, being an owner-driver is not without its pitfalls so we’ve compiled a few tips to help you stay ahead of the pack and become your own best business asset. Read more
Safety is one of the major considerations in the purchase of a new vehicle, and features that add to the safety of your vehicle make driving easier and more comfortable. Driver comfort impacts the driver’s productivity and long-term health, but it goes much further than how nice the seats are. Hino understands the importance of these two areas and considers the following key design principles when developing its trucks.
For Australians whose work-life takes them on the road for long stretches, all that matters is having access to reliable communication.
A global leader in innovative communication tools, Uniden has launched a new range of radios and accessories ideal for long distance truck drivers, often travelling through remote locations. The new range offers reliable performance and is designed to be a must-have for truck drivers. Built rugged for the harsh Australian elements, the new five watt UH5050 and four watt PRO5050 AM CB mobile radios easily fit within standard DIN slots, for quick and easy mounting inside the vehicle.