This week, on Diesel News, we are talking all about the Linfox Reshuffle, NHVR Deal, Uber and Autonomous Trucks.
Linfox has announced the promotion of five executives to key leadership positions. Greg Thomas has been appointed as CEO of the Linfox International Group, Kylie Fraser has moved to be Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) President, Matt Sheridan is now CEO at BevChain, Mark Mazurek has become COO at Linfox Australia and New Zealand and Ian Strachan has been appointed as President Linfox Intermodal (formerly Linehaul).
“These changes will ensure Linfox continues its strong growth and is well positioned to adapt to the evolving needs of our customers,” said Peter Fox, Executive Chairman Linfox. “I am delighted to appoint these well-deserving, talented individuals to key leadership positions in our business. It is wonderful to see all these roles being filled by internal candidates.”
The NHVR has signed an agreement with South Australia’s peak local government body to improve productivity and safety across the state’s heavy vehicle industry. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said this agreement with the Local Government Association of South Australia included an action plan that would deliver specific outcomes for the heavy vehicle industry.
“More than 150 million tonnes of freight is moved by road annually in South Australia and it’s important that it’s done safely and productively,” said Petroccitto. “I’m pleased to be working with the LGA SA and the 68 member councils across the state to improve the permit system and information available at the local level and make sure the heavy vehicle industry is meeting their expectations.”
No Blame Investigations
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has called for independent, no-blame, safety investigations into road crashes involving heavy or autonomous vehicles, in its submission to the House of Representatives standing committee inquiry into the social issues relating to land-based driverless vehicles in Australia.
The introduction of increasing levels of automated driving technologies and fully autonomous vehicles will require reforms to safety investigations of road crashes involving heavy or autonomous vehicles. Presently, road crashes are investigated by police and/or the coronial system. According to the ATA, this system is not suitable for investigating crashes with complex or multiple causes.
Reports from the US media tell us Uber took on personnel from a Chicago transportation brokerage last year aiming to make a move into the US trucking industry. The team from 4Front Logistics came on board at Uber as specialists in connecting manufacturers and retailers in order to streamline shipping costs.
Uber seems to be attempting to utilise logistics expertise from its ride sharing operation across to road transport. That strategy puts it in the middle of a large, highly fragmented industry of freight brokers who match cargo with truck operators.