Getting better roads

If there is one issue which unites people working in the trucking industry, it is the condition of our roads. Now, there is an opportunity to make your feelings known about the terrible road surfaces we have to deal with on a day to day basis. Austroads have said they would like to hear from drivers and operators about a range of issues including the road surface, road and lane geometry, and traffic impacts.     The survey...

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Future looks bright for transport

As a refreshing change, Diesel News can report some optimistic forecasts for the year ahead with a survey from the Commonwealth Bank finding increased confidence about the future in transport and logistics companies.   According to the Commonwealth Bank Future Business Index, the transport sector is performing well and ready for any future fluctuations in the market. Signs of growth in retail, agriculture and mining recorded in...

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ALC not willing to ‘see what happens’

In their submission in relation to the Road Transport and Distribution and Long Distance Operations Road Safety Remunerations Order 2014, the Australian Logistics Council has come down hard against the ‘suck it and see’ approach of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT).   “It will be difficult, if not impossible, to assess the economic burden of the remuneration system on (for example) the Australian economy,”...

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Food for thought in 2014

The new year brings with it the need for a fresh look at the business of trucking. This is the time to set goals and look for new opportunities in 2014. The economic climate looks to be heading in a positive direction, albeit slowly, and there are signs of structural changes in the distribution of goods. 2014 Transport and Logistics Insights from Ferrier Hodgson tries to identify the kind of trends the transport industry needs to be...

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New report to help software developers and transport operators improve fatigue management

Austroads has released its report Nationally Consistent Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Data Definition Framework which it hopes will be used to help transport operators and third-party Intelligent Transport System (ITS) software designers create products to help truckies improve fatigue management. The report proposes a data definition framework to describe Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas (HVRAs). HVRAs are generally provided by state road agencies...

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Finding skilled labour for Heavy Vehicle Transport sector a major issue says report

A new report highlights shortfalls in retention and finding skilled labour in regards to the Heavy Vehicle Transport sector as well as a sharp drop in Vehicle Body Builder apprenticeships with a reduction of 54% and high cancellation numbers across many apprenticeships. However, the report also suggests significant increases in apprenticeship levels in most areas of the Heavy Vehicle Transport sector. The Future Trends in Workforce...

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