There is news about Farmers, the Chain, New Roads, Accident Rates and Truck Wash Funding in this week’s Diesel News.
The NHVR is delivering a number of information sessions across the country to discuss amendments to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws due in mid-2018.
A series of these sessions will run at next month’s Brisbane Truck Show, taking place on Thursday 25 May at 1.30pm, Friday 26 May at midday and 2.30pm, Saturday 27 May at 11am and 3pm. No RSVP is required and attendance is free for truck show patrons.
There are also more regional CoR sessions recently added to the schedule. The first took place in Shepparton, Victoria, on 3 May and next they will take place in Albury, NSW, on 4 May, Blacktown on 10 May and Newcastle on 11 May. For dates and locations of all NHVR CoR information sessions visit the NHVR website.
ALC and Farmers
Representatives of both the Australian Logistics Council and the National Farmers’ Federation met in Sydney recently to discuss the critical infrastructure challenges facing Australia over the next generation.
“This meeting allowed ALC and the NFF to explore the key infrastructure issues involved in getting produce from the farm into our cities and ports,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. “We know Australian households want to purchase the freshest possible produce when they do their shopping. We also know that Australia’s high-quality agricultural produce represents an enormous export opportunity. However, industry can only meet the expectations of domestic and international consumers if we have a safe and efficient supply chain.”
Fixing Country Roads
Upper Hunter Shire Council and Liverpool Plains Council are set to receive more than $5.57 million in funding under the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program. The funding will complement funding previously pledged by the Australian Government and both councils to upgrade Main Road 358 between Merriwa and Willow tree. The improvements are set to save 50km of travel for 4,000 trucks per year.
Mackay Ring Road
The Mackay Ring Road is planned to be built between Stockroute Road, Bald Hill Road and the Bruce Highway intersection in Queensland, Australia. The project is being undertaken by the governments of Queensland and Australia in three phases.
Construction work on the $565m project is scheduled to commence in mid-2017, and expected to be completed by early 2020.
The Transport Workers’ Union is calling for urgent action to address the alarming increase in deaths among transport workers. Figures from Safe Work Australia show an increase in deaths among transport workers.
Almost 40 per cent of all workplace deaths involved transport workers, with 19 transport worker deaths out of a total of 51 workplace deaths.
“The Federal Government bears responsibility for this increase in deaths,” said National Assistant Secretary Michael Kaine. “In recent years transport employers and the wealthy supermarkets and manufacturers were on notice that there was a system of scrutiny monitoring safety and holding them to account. A year ago, the Government tore down this independent tribunal.”
Receiving $600,000 in funding, a new wash-out facility at Tenterfield will provide livestock operators improved opportunity to mitigate bio-security issues and will relieve operators of the burden of travelling an additional 100km to access the next available truck wash at Glen Innes.
According to the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association, regional truck washes are critical facilities used by livestock transporters servicing regional industries. A lack of available and adequate wash out facilities on key freight routes can have serious negative outcomes on the meat and livestock sector and an unhealthy impact on local communities.