Industry Awards, Permit Applications and Driver Health

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Industry awards, permit applications and driver health are joined by volume loading and the Intelligent Access Program in the news this week. Seven Australian Freight Industry Award winners were celebrated by over 700 members of the Victorian Transport Association at the freight and logistics industry.


The winners were:

  • Nationwide Towing & Transport for ‘Investment In People’
  • Kalari for ‘Best Practice Safety’
  • Fleet Effect for ‘Application of Technology’
  • Toxfree Australia and Toll Tasmania for Australian Transport & Logistics Waste
  • Eric Law of DP World Australia for ‘Young Achiever Of The Year’
  • John Rowe of Victorian Freight Specialists for ‘Personality Of The Year’


“Once again, the VTA was overwhelmed with many, many high quality applications for the Australian Freight Industry Awards, which presented our judging panels with a real challenge when it came to determining the winners,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson.


Meanwhile, at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, almost 300 national heavy vehicle permit applications a week are being delivered by the new digital platform, just five weeks after going live. Customer Portal Executive Director David Carlisle said the staged rollout of the system was proving successful, delivering almost half of all permit applications processed by the NHVR.


“Online form validation alone has saved industry 729 days and improved productivity by ensuring an application is completed correctly before it is submitted,” said Carlisle. “With all the additional tools the Portal provides, customers can find themselves saving a day or more per permit by going online to submit their application.”


Australians, their doctors and other health professionals will have better guidance on whether they are safe to drive thanks to updated medical guidelines contained in the new edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive for commercial and private vehicle drivers.


Assessing Fitness to Drive is a joint publication of the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Austroads, and includes standards for private and commercial drivers of heavy vehicles, light vehicles and motor bikes.


Paul Retter, NTC CEO, said the new edition would give health professionals the best available information to help them discuss driving with their patients and assess their patients’ ability to drive safely.


Also from the NTC is a paper on ‘Increasing heavy vehicle volumetric load capacity without increasing mass limits’. It explores options for allowing increases in vehicle dimension (height, length and width) for tasks in which the freight would normally fill a standard trailer well before the statutory mass limits are reached.


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has released a new document, ‘The Overview of the IAP Functional and Technical Specification’.


“The IAP is a world first program that has been operational in Australia since 2009,” said Chris Koniditsiotis, TCA CEO. “The overview document responds to increased interest from local and international stakeholders.”