Electronic Work Diaries Go Ahead

The brave new world of electronically recording driver rest and working hours is coming closer to reality with the latest announcement from Transport Certification Australia. The agency has announced work has now commenced on the implementation of Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).     According to the TCA, EWD’s are a road transport safety reform providing for improved...

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Longer Quads on Trial

New quad road trains are being trialled on the roads of the Pilbara in Western Australia. The longest road trains on public roads in Australia, the combinations have been granted WA State Government approval to start operating for a three month period.     According to the WA Transport Minister, Dean Nalder, the road trains are longer but safer than any seen on Australian roads before, with a prime mover and four trailers...

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Brave New World

The future of road transport is becoming more and more about the development of electronics and wireless communication. Recent news items in the including the introduction of electronic work diaries and the planned trial of driverless cars in Adelaide. Listen to ARRB’s Gerard Waldron on the subject.     Now, it’s the turn of the trucking industry in Victoria to get involved in a trial of the Co-operative...

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Next Step for Telematics

According to some in the trucking industry, a new initiative will take telematics in trucking to a new level. Isuzu says it backs Transport Certification Australia’s recent ‘Telematics Data Dictionary’, saying it should act as a catalyst for the uptake of information and communications technology within the Australian road transport industry.     The dictionary provides software developers and fleet managers with a common...

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On board mass for IAP in NSW

The requirement for on board mass measuring equipment (OBM) in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) in NSW has been accepted by Transport Certification Australia (TCA).   “TCA has been informed by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) that some Performance Based Standards (PBS) ‘A-Double’ combinations and all Higher Mass Limits (HML) Quad Axle B Double combinations operating in New South Wales must have an OBM system linked to the...

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Isuzu step up to the telematics plate

It’s not until the dominant manufacturers get on board, that people start to take some subjects seriously. We saw it with electronic braking systems. Many truck makers offered it, but when Kenworth announced their EBSS options, the industry sat up and took notice. Now, Isuzu, the other dominant brand in the Australian truck market, have come up with a telematics package which moves away from the narrow ‘only fitted to our...

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