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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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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Solving Australia’s Automotive Skills Shortage

Australia needs up to 19,000 more trained mechanics according to a survey by Auto Skills Australia. And while these mechanics can’t be conjured out of thin air, some can be imported from the many advanced economies suffering from an oversupply of highly skilled, factory trained technicians due to the GFC-inspired downturn. A notable area of concern across the Australian industry is the lack of technicians expert in fault diagnosis....

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Report highlights effectiveness of road safety engineering treatments

Traffic accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians can be reduced by 70 to 85% according to a new report released this week by Austroads. The report examined the effectiveness of road safety engineering treatments. The treatments, which included the use of profile line marking, regulatory signs and median islands, were given a “Crash Reduction Factor” based on results from recent road safety studies. It was developed to fill in the...

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