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Road and Container Charging Plus Portal and Road Trains

This week we are talking about Road and Container Charging Plus Portal and Road Trains in Diesel News.

Road and Container Charging Plus Portal and Road Trains

A new road-charging regime will be found for the trucking industry, after a decision by the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) of state and federal transport ministers. The plan is to thoroughly examine the costs and benefits of implementation of independent price regulation and a forward looking cost base, slated to come in 2018–19.

The council agreed to freeze heavy vehicle charges at 2017–18 levels for a further two years, to a mixed reaction from industry associations.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) characterised it as continuing crushing fuel and registration charges on small business truckies, with transport ministers deciding today to overtax the industry by $189.5 million next financial year.

“Australia’s trucking industry delivers every item on the shelves of every supermarket,” said Geoff Crouch, ATA Chair. “We’re an industry of small businesses that are tied up in red tape, overtaxed and then endlessly criticised.”

Meanwhile the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) was more sanguine on the subject, with its Chairman Ian Murray welcoming the new charges and the current freeze.

“ALC therefore welcomes today’s decision to commence work to assess implementation options for independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges,” said Murray. “We similarly support the decision to freeze heavy vehicle access charges at 2017/18 levels for two years, and acknowledge the Council’s agreement on the latest legislative package to deliver improvements to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).”

Road and Container Charging Plus Portal and Road Trains

Fees Hike

From 1 January 2018, DP World Australia will introduce a surcharge of $37.65 per container received or delivered at the Botany terminal. This is an increase of $16.49 on the earlier infrastructure tax of $21.16, which DPWA imposed in April.

“Our members are stunned, they’ve effectively been hit with two big price increases at the port in less than a year,” said Simon O’Hara, Road Freight NSW General Manager. “Once again, the latest price gouge has been cynically blamed on so-called ‘increased costs’ at the port, but the ACCC (Australia Competition and Consumer Commission) has already acknowledged that extra taxes could earn DPWA and Patrick a combined revenue of $70 million, equivalent to a five to six per cent increase in unit revenues.”

Portal Award

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) online permitting system has been recognised for its innovation and customer-focused approach in the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management, announced in Canberra.

The NHVR Portal was one of 17 finalists in a strong field of contenders for the Award and NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said it was an honour to be recognised as a finalist alongside the high-calibre entries from the Australian Government, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmanian and South Australian Governments.

“I want to acknowledge the contribution and commitment of my team, industry and our government partners who have collaborated together to help us make the portal a success,” said Petroccitto.

Road Trains Australia and TruckSafe

Western Australia-based Road Trains of Australia (RTA) has been recognised for its rigorous standards in management, maintenance, training and animal welfare through the TruckSafe accreditation program.

The family owned and operated company has more than 40 years’ experience in safe and dependable livestock, fuel, bulk commodities and general freight transport throughout the north of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.

“TruckSafe is the only quality assurance program for livestock transport that enables us to manage our animal welfare compliance,” says Steve Beatty, RTA’s Northern Territory Manager.

Progress on the Project

Progress on the Project

Diesel News is looking at progress on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator project, which is destined to take a long time to reach fruition.

 

Progress on the Project
Sal Petroccitto, CEO, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

The trucking industry has had to wait a long time to see even the glimmer of a rational national regulatory system for heavy vehicles across the country. The many years of competing state legislation creating nightmares for interstate operators and filling the revenue coffers with unwarranted fines are, hopefully, now behind us.

 

The NHVR has been with us as a project for about eight years, and as a reality for nearly four. When the idea was first mooted, it was widely welcomed by the trucking industry. However, it struggled against resistance from inside some state bureaucracies when transforming from a project in development to a reality at the beginning of 2014.

 

This resistance nearly brought it to its knees at one point, but once the NHVR was stabilised, by mid-2014, some progress began to be made. Funding issues from reluctant states were resolved and some effective systems began to appear, but there was still uncertainty about its future.

 

In more recent times, the organisation has managed to kick some goals and re-establish its credibility with the trucking industry. Some of its major projects are being seen as effective and there is a clear road map of progress to be seen.

 

One of the architects of this reconstruction and return to stability, and the person tasked with the job of driving the NHVR project towards its intended goal is, CEO, Sal Petroccitto. From his first appearance in the role, surrounded by the ruins of a failing access permit processing system, he has been a calm voice, never over-promising and stating clear and simple objectives.

 

From the time of those first crisis-mitigating statements, Sal has become a familiar figure at industry events, telling the NHVR story and, often, appearing as a double act with National Transport Commission (NTC) CEO, Paul Retter.

 

It would not be true to say the trucking industry is happy with everything the NHVR has come up with and actions it has taken. However, it is certainly true, there is a grudging respect for the achievements of the NHVR in recent years and a recognition the regulatory situation for the trucking industry is much improved.

 

Most aspects of the NHVR program are still in some form of development or in staged implementation. The next twelve months look like a period over which the final picture will become much clearer and some real progress is expected to be made on some of the cornerstones of a future NHVR.

 

Diesel took the opportunity to sit down with Sal in his office at NHVR HQ in Brisbane and get his perspective on the years ahead and the aims of the NHVR.

 

Technical Issues

 

The niggling problems associated with a consistent roller brake testing regime continue, with the trial period being extended again, until January next year. The problem appeared after the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) was released and New South Wales rules were realigned with those of the rest of the country.

 

Procedures have been under scrutiny since it was found some of the procedures were assessing a braking system to be non-compliant when it was, in fact, within the rules. A testing day was arranged at Marulan where the new procedures were tried out on a number of vehicles. As a result of this testing, a delay until 31 January 2018 has been agreed for further research.

 

“Realistically, the thing I have found most beneficial is the preparedness of the industry top come and work with us,” says Sal. “It has been very successful.”

 

Earlier this year the NHVR carried out something it called the ‘National Heavy Vehicle Health Check’, where 7,130 vehicles were inspected. The results showed younger vehicles were five times less likely to have a major non-conformity than vehicles 10-years and older. Eleven per cent of hauling units and about 14 per cent of trailers recorded a major non-conformity. Overall, only 147 vehicle units were grounded during the exercise.

 

“It reaffirmed to us that, overall, the condition of the fleet which we saw was generally healthy,” says Sal. “We do know age is still a contributing factor, but we also know, in the main, line-haul vehicles’ age is not too bad. I think the opportunity to look at a risk-based framework is a possibility and we will bring that through to the ministerial table next year.”

 

The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) is under NHVR scrutiny. There have been changes to auditing rules and testing. The number of vehicles in an accreditation scheme is rising. Any future structure will begin to be discussed in 2018.

 

The area of roadworthiness assessment is sometimes a fraught issue. The states control the NHVAS and are protective of the regulatory concessions that come along with membership. On the other hand, TruckSafe can claim to adhere to higher standards, but is still being shut out of any concession. As a result, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is pushing hard for a commitment for equal treatment under any new regime.

 

“We’ve inherited a legacy outcome,” says Sal. “We think we can improve the outcome. We have never said NHVAS will be the system. What we have said is that’s the system we have currently got. We are working to improve the concerns that have been raised. It’s still in evolution.

 

“The discussion around whether accreditation schemes should be given regulatory benefits, if they are not a regulatory entity. I think that’s a valid discussion, but more work needs to be done.”

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Technicians’ Award Nominees

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has announced the three finalists for the 2017 Craig Roseneder Award, which recognises technical and maintenance excellence in the trucking industry’s workshops.

 

The judging panel selected Dale Hedley (Vellex, New South Wales), Chris Blanchard (Herb Blanchard Haulage, New South Wales) and Mark Collins (Frasers Livestock Transport, Queensland)for their technical skill, aptitude and dedication to the industry.

 

“Since 1998 the ATA has recognised the unsung heroes who keep Australia’s trucks on the road,” said Geoff Crouch, ATA Chair.“There are no finer examples than our three 2017 finalists. They are all role models, outstanding in their field and demonstrating high levels of safety, expertise and professionalism.”

 

Nominations for the award must come from industry peers or employers. The award is open to any individual who works full time in the Australian trucking industry for a trucking company, supplier or commercial workshop as a workshop manager or mechanic, or provides support within the maintenance field for heavy vehicles.

 

This year’s winner will receive a fully paid trip to Atlanta to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, plus $1,500 spending money. Complimentary registration to the 2018 ATA/ARTSA Technical and Maintenance Conference is also included.

 

The winner will be announced on 17 October at the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner, part of the ATA/ARTSA Technical and Maintenance Conference, which runs from 16 to 18 October.

 

2017 CraigRoseneder Award finalists

 

Chris BlanchardHerb Blanchard Haulage, Grafton New South Wales

 

In 1955, Herb and Noreen Blanchard began a business with one truck to haul fish to the Brisbane markets. Today, the business has 23 vehicles and 30 staff, and moves products across the east coast of Australia.

 

Herb’s son Chris has been an innovator since he joined the business and is described by his colleagues as a big thinker. He completed an automotive apprenticeship at the local Holden dealership and left TAFE in 1993 – with the title ‘Apprentice of the Year’ – to join the family business.

 

Since then, he has set many standards for the business and industry, including incorporating electronic braking systems (EBS) and stability control technology to the company’s trailer fleet, implementing TruckSafe, and ensuring drivers have access to the tools they need to make them compliant and safe on the roads.

 

He is dedicated to professional standards, client and supplier relationships, coaching, mentoring and training, and to supporting industry and the local community.

 

 

Dale Hedley – Vellex, Wetherill Park, New South Wales

 

Dale joined the Vellex team in 2014 and manages the company’s fleet maintenance nationally. He also looks after safety, compliance and the company’s TruckSafe and National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) accreditations.

 

Dale halved defects across the Vellex fleet by implementing a Vellex-owned brake and shaker testing machine, with tests conducted monthly or quarterly depending on the distance travelled.

 

Dale also designed and implemented a Vellex patented two-buckle curtain system to reduce repetitive strain injuries amongst the Vellex operational staff.

 

Dale is a willing mentor and encourages everyone in the Vellex team to keep developing their skills. He is committed to continuous improvement, and manages and motivates a team of mechanics and maintenance staff to ensure the safety and efficiency of the fleet.

 

Mark Collins – Frasers Livestock Transport, Warwick, Queensland

 

Frasers Livestock operates throughout Queensland and has depots in Warwick, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Roma and Rockhampton. The company has transported livestock since 1944 and has a reputation for long-standing employees and timely, efficient service.

 

Fleet manager Mark Collins has been a dedicated and enthusiastic employee for 32 years, and manages staff across all aspects of the business.

 

Mark started working with the Frasers team as a mechanic in 1984. In November 1990, after a stint as a full-time MC driver, Mark took on the responsibility of running the company’s new workshop in Warwick.

 

Today, as Frasers’ Fleet Manager, Mark is responsible for all workshop and driver training, including TruckSafe inductions.

 

Mark is a stickler for safety and helped design, develop and build an innovative cross-loading solution to make cattle transfers between road trains faster, safer for workers and better for the animals. This cross-loading solution has won multiple safety awards.

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

This week in Diesel News, it’s all happening. Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory.

 

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

Heavy Vehicle Industry Association (HVIA) CEO, Brett Wright, has announced his impending retirement from his current role.

 

“It is with many great memories, fondness and pride that I announce my leaving HVIA,” said Wright. “I have been privileged, firstly to have been given the opportunity to work for the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) all those years ago and then to continue to lead it over the last twenty years culminating in its transformation into a truly national industry body, HVIA, in 2015.”

 

Wright began his career at the predecessor to the HVIA, the CVIAQ, in 1996 and took over the role of CEO shortly after. During his tenure, the organisation has been instrumental in advocating for the heavy-vehicle industry on many major issues and most notably through the transition to Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)under the auspices of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

 

Wright has represented the industry on numerous peak regulatory committees and working groups on issues ranging from Australian Design Rules (ADRs), Performance Based Standards (PBS), Vehicle Modification to Workforce Development programs and National Training Package development.

 

Increased Access for Long Vehicles

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

VicRoads has announced access for Level 2 PBS-approved High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFVs) up to 30 metres in length carrying cubic/volumetric freight will be improved significantly across Victoria’s road network.

 

Operators with combinations up to 30.0 metres in length and 68.5 tonnes (no heavier than a conventional B-double) can access a significant portion of the arterial road network under an annual permit provided they comply with the PBS Level 2 standards.

 

The map page and map can be found here.

 

TruckSafe and Construction Contracts

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

According to Ben Maguire, Australian Trucking Association (ATA) CEO, the federal and state governments should improve safety on major infrastructure projects by making TruckSafe accreditation a mandatory part of construction contracts. The statement followed an event where Maguire joined Chief Inspector Phil Brooks, as NSW Police and RMS officers inspected construction trucks working on the WestConnex project in Sydney.

 

“It was impressive to see first-hand how the NSW Police delivered such a professional intervention to raise the standards on our roads,” said Maguire. “But they shouldn’t have had to do the inspections at all. The professional, safe trucking businesses that join ATA member associations like Road Freight NSW and our safety management scheme, TruckSafe, are sick and tired of hearing reports about the small minority of unsafe trucks on the road.

 

“Sydney has a decade of major infrastructure work ahead. Governments and businesses need to act now to make construction trucks safer. The Australian and state governments should make TruckSafe accreditation, or its equivalent, a mandatory part of construction contracts.”

 

Tax Change Concerns

 

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has said it agrees with the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and other industry groups about a recent Australian Taxation Office (ATO) determination that will reduce how much drivers can claim for travel on their tax returns.

 

ATO Determination TD 2017/19, issued on 3 July, has reduced the ‘reasonable amount’ that an employee driver, or an owner-driver, may claim for travel expenses without substantiation by $42.10, which translates to a 43 per cent reduction.

 

VTA CEO Peter Anderson, in his capacity as Secretary and Treasurer of ARTIO, has written to the ATO to express concern about the lack of consultation with industry about the Determination, along with the impact such a significant reduction will have on individual drivers and their income.

 

“We are amazed the ATO has made such a far-reaching Determination that will leave drivers and their families so significantly out of pocket without bothering to inform the industry,” said Anderson.

 

Victoria Highway Upgrade

 

Works to strengthen the Victoria Highway between Western Australian and the Northern Territory will soon be under way, with the contract to deliver the $35.5 million bridge replacement projects at Big Horse and Little Horse Creeks awarded to Northern Territory business Allan King and Sons.

 

“The Victoria Highway is the only sealed link between the Northern Territory and Western Australia, which means this upgrade project is critical to the keeping the Perth to Darwin freight corridor open for business,” said Darren Chester, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. “This project will replace the existing bridges of Big Horse and Little Horse Creeks to 1-in-20-year flood immunity standards, consistent with other crossings along the Victoria Highway. It will create approximately 60 jobs, 10 of which will be allocated as Indigenous positions.”

 

The new bridges ill replace the existing crossings with higher structures, along with raised road approaches and culverts at low points to minimise the impact of flooding.

 

 

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New Board Members for TruckSafe

The changes to the board of TruckSafe, announced this week, will see three new faces involved in the management of the TruckSafe accreditation scheme. The TruckSafe accreditation program welcomed three industry leaders to its Board at its recent meeting in Goulburn. Stephen Marley will continue as TruckSafe Chair.

 

“Safe vehicles, comprehensive management systems and effective driver training are essential to run a safe, professional and viable transport business,” said Marley. “I’m delighted to continue as Chair, particularly with TruckSafe celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.”

 

The newly appointed directors to the TruckSafe board are Ken Brennan, Julie Russell and Victor Vella.

 

“Ken Brennan is the Chief Executive Officer for the ACT Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) & Transport Training ACT,” said Marley. “As a former police Superintendent with some 32 years of service on the force, Ken brings his extensive experience in enforcement and road trauma issues to his new role on the TruckSafe Board.

 

Julie Russell, Manager, Support Services for RB Russell Transport
Julie Russell, Manager, Support Services for RB Russell Transport

 

“As the Manager, Support Services for RB Russell Transport, Julie Russell goes above and beyond to make sure everyone comes home safely at the end of the day. As part of this, Julie was instrumental in implementing TruckSafe within the business. Her efforts have been acknowledged by the industry as the winner of the ATA’s 2015 National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award, and we’re delighted to have her on board as a Director of the TruckSafe program.

 

“Victor Vella has seen both sides of our industry, originally starting out as a truck driver before moving to management roles in his family’s transport business. He has a wealth of knowledge from his work right across our industry, and will bring a strong voice to the Board.”

 

In a statement, Marley paid tribute to retiring TruckSafe Director Robert Waldron for his many years of service to the program.

 

“Bob has been a pillar of strength for the TruckSafe program,” said Marley. “As the previous CEO of the ACT Transport Industry Skills Centre, we’ve been privileged to benefit from your knowledge and experience in the industry.”

Talking Turkey About Trucking

Setting The Standard

We have a arrived at a fortunate moment in the development of a truly responsible trucking industry. There is an opportunity to make a real difference and change the paradigm in the way road transport is run and policed. Get it wrong and we will return to the dark ages, get it right and there can be some real gains.

 

The situation at the moment sees the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator with enough credibility with the Transport Ministers in the States and Canberra to be able to try and drive some real effective change. It has the momentum, for now, to get some of the recalcitrant states and their delaying tactics, put back in their box.

 

This window of opportunity is relatively small, anything could happen to delay the process and an anti-trucking government after the election could end any initiatives very quickly. However, window it is, there is an agreed-to consensus between the ministers and a process to which they have committed.

 

If the stars get aligned correctly, we could end up with a smorgasbord of delights. A national vehicle registration scheme, a national driving license, consistent testing standards across most of the country, a credible roadworthiness regime and , the holy grail, consistent roadside enforcement.

 

Now the chances of all of our christmases coming at once are pretty low, but if the ground is prepared carefully enough, and some reform momentum gets going, we could get some real results.

 

One of those opportunities to prepare the ground properly is the integration of accreditation schemes into a national context. The Australian Trucking Association is set to announce new accreditation standards for TruckSafe at its conference next month.

 

These have been developed to meet the criteria laid out by the NHVR as to what a credible road worthiness guarantee should look like. If the changes achieve their aim, then TruckSafe will finally achieve the standing in regulation it thought it had achieved nearly twenty years ago before being rebuffed and countered by the less comprehensive National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme.

 

Credibility is now in short supply for the NHVAS these days, since the Mona Vale crash, so now is the time to get into the picture with a credible parallel scheme to run alongside whatever the NHVAS morphs into during the current reform process.

 

This is the opportunity for TruckSafe to become what its original founders dreamed it would become, a gold standard for how to run a fleet of truck safely and responsibly. If the politicians can be shown a scheme which has the credibility to make the statistics go the right way and improve the public image of trucking, they will be willing to publicly defend such a scheme.

 

Credibility comes from the scheme being seen to work properly and comprehensively. We do not need an old shitter sitting in the queue to load at Botany with a TruckSafe sticker on the door, of a truck clearly not compliant.

 

Once we get to the situation where the politicians can be a relatively secure most of the trucking industry is working to make the roads safe, then they may give in to pressure to agree to the rest of the industry’s wishlist.

 

Talking Turkey About Trucking

What Have We Learned from the RSRT?

There was a great deal of relief late on Monday, when the formal abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal was confirmed. A lot of hard work and insistent lobbying got rid of the RSRT and its Orders, aided by a Coalition Government looking for a stick to beat Labor with.

 

Okay, you can take a few days off to recover, but the job is not done. We need to get back out there and continue to campaign, to get some genuine resolution around the issues. The direct link between rates and safety has been put on the back burner, but the unsafe culture in the trucking industry is still out there to be tackled.

 

If the trucking industry is honestly interested in safety, the defeat of the iniquitous RSRT Order was just the first step on a long road. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend safety on our roads is not a major concern, and not capable of derailing all of the good work done so far.

 

The Transport Workers Union was right in highlighting the areas of concern for everyone, safety and the chain of responsibility. Unfortunately, the TWU came up with a solution which was divisive and unworkable. The arguments and accusations in the past few weeks have created an atmosphere of confrontation around all of these issues.

 

This is not the atmosphere needed to get realistic outcomes to improve truck safety out on the roads of Australia. If we do not bring the entire industry along with us, the solution will not be long lasting or effective, something the TWU discovered this week.

 

The entire trucking community does have all of the tools needed to make some actual progress in improving culture and cultivating the required sense of responsibility, throughout the supply chain. It will become a reality when everyone involved in the process of getting the loaded B-double to travel down the Hume at 100 km/h has done their best to make it a safe journey.

 

Everyone needs to step up to the mark. we have the, relatively, new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator tasked with the job of making the COR system work. Rules changes may help, but all of the stakeholders need to buy in and work together.

 

We know the various state bureaucrats, previously handling COR, are reluctant participants, but this is where the NHVR has to be strong and use its muscle to get a cohesive and effective process going, which will lead to meaningful prosecutions up and down the chain.

 

The industry associations will have little time to rest on their laurels, there’s work to be done. The big push to get accreditation schemes like Trucksafe recognised by the authorities is going to take a lot of work. Hopefully, all of the various schemes will be properly scrutinised, this time, so we don’t get the credibility sapping issues of the past, with trucks upside down in a ditch with their accreditation stickers clearly visible.

 

Hopefully, the industry has learnt something about dealing with the media under the intense spotlight when the proverbial hits the fan. They were interested in trucking for the first time in living memory. We have been very bad at getting our side of the story out there to the general public, the voters. Our image needs constant work, otherwise trucking will be seen as monster trucks polluting the atmosphere and killing people.

 

We also have to bring the whole industry along with us, including the TWU, who represent a large proportion of those active in trucking. The TWU is still, at the time of writing, a member of the Australian Trucking Association and needs to remain as such. The common cause of safety can bring all parties together and the common enemy, complacency, should keep all of us on our toes and pulling in the same direction.

 

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New members for TruckSafe

Another four operators have been announced as members for the TruckSafe accreditation program. TruckSafe says it is proud to welcome CBG Transport (NSW), Transedel (VIC), Simpsons Fuel (VIC) and Lillyvale Livestock Carriers (QLD) as its newest members.

 

 

CBG Transport is a local family owned Newcastle business running two trucks, with plans to add a third one in the coming months. Specialising in local liquor deliveries around Lake Macquarie, Director Chad Grintell said customers really valued the TruckSafe accreditation program.

 

 

“I think TruckSafe just makes everything about your operation look a bit more professional, and it also helps improve safety in many areas,” said Chad.

 

 

Transedel was established by Ian Einsiedel in 1994 as an owner-driver operation. Today, the fleet includes four B-doubles and two truck and dog combinations, and provides cattle transport services across Victoria and New South Wales.

 

 

“I’m happy to be part of TruckSafe, and I think it’s a great thing to have it include TruckCare going forward,” said Ian. “It ticks a lot of boxes, particularly with chain of responsibility for your customers. I hope this shows the little companies like us that TruckSafe is not just for the big boys, it can really help you out, particularly with getting procedures in place.”

 

 

Established as I & M Simpson & Son in 1953, family owned Simpsons Fuel provides fuel deliveries to Alexandra and surrounding areas.

 

 

“Joining TruckSafe was all about implementing best practice into the business, and has brought a whole lot of things into our operation. My son is involved in the business as well, and we’re going to enjoy the changes, I think,” said General Manager Gordon Simpson.

 

 

Lillyvale Livestock Carriers provides transport services for the Lillyvale feedlot in Condamine, Queensland, and has been TruckCare accredited since 2012 and has become part of the integration of the livestock scheme into TruckSafe.

 

 

“I’m delighted to welcome CBG Transport, Transedel Pty Ltd, Simpsons Fuel and Lillyvale Livestock Carriers to the TruckSafe family,” said Stephen Marley, TruckSafe Chairman. “When a business is TruckSafe accredited, you know they’ve committed themselves to putting safety first, safety in their fleet, for their staff, and for their community. We’re proud of our TruckSafe operators, and that’s why you can find the full list of accredited operators on the TruckSafe website.”