Livestock Election Win, Electronic Road Charging and Safe Rates

Regulatory Common Sense 

Looking back on the week, Diesel News picked out Livestock Election Win, Electronic Road Charging and Safe Rates as headlines, plus SUPs, VTA Training and Skills Training.

Livestock Election Win, Electronic Road Charging and Safe Rates
Lynley Miners

Two livestock operators have been elected to the General Council of the Australian Trucking Association in the recent elections. John Beer, from Romsey, Victoria, and Lynley Miners, from Adaminaby, New South Wales will take office at the ATA Annual General Meeting on April 5 and will hold their positions for two years.

In the owner/driver election the results saw:

John Beer with 24 votes – 42.9% – ELECTED.

Frank Black (Arcidiaco) with 18 votes – 32.1%

Gordon Mackinlay with 14 votes – 26%

The turnout of voters was 56 of the 76 registered voters, or 73.7%.

In the small fleet operator election the results were:

Lynley Miners with 30 votes – 88.2% – ELECTED.

Leigh Smart with 4 votes – 11.8%

The turnout of voters was 34 of the 51 registered voters, or 66.7%.

Electronic Road Charging

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has announced it has worked with Main Roads Western Australia to implement a new road charging solution, which represents a further application of the National Telematics Framework.

Representing a first for Australia, this new application leverages the use of certified telematics to monitor heavy vehicle road use so road and transport agencies can determine road use for charging purposes

Safe Rates

After two truck drivers were killed in a horrific truck crash in Sydney’s south, the Transport Workers Union have linked the incident with low rates in the trucking industry.

“There is a crisis in trucking which the Government is choosing to ignore. The Federal Government’s own reports show a system of safe rates, which allows investigation into financial pressures on drivers and transport operators, would cut truck crashes by 28%,” said Tony Sheldon, TWU National Secretary.

SUP In Melbourne

Trucks carting materials associated with the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel will be expected to be fitted with side underrun protection (SUP). The construction is to be overseen by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and any tender documentation associated with this work require truucks handling the task to be fitted with SUP.

This initiative follows research carried out for Transport for London examining cycle/truck collisions and suggest ways of avoiding them. The report led to the formation of the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety scheme (aka CLOCS), in a bid to reduce cyclist and construction truck collisions.

Over the past few years it’s been highly successful in engaging several ‘stakeholders’, and not just construction companies, but also all kinds of truck-fleets delivering into London, as well as highway engineers, safety groups, enforcement agencies and local authorities.

Training Boost

The Victorian Transport Association’s training program has received a significant boost thanks to a grant from the Victorian Government designed to help workers transition to a career in transport. The grant was confirmed recently by Victorian Roads, Ports and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan. It will provide the VTA with capacity to offer an additional 207 training and education places in both new and established courses.

“The Victorian Government welcomes the opportunity to partner with the VTA in expanding its training program and, importantly, targeting former automotive industry workers looking for second careers,” said Donnellan.\

Safety and driver training must be the focus of the four year work plan for the Transport and Logistics training package, the Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Noelene Watson, said today.

Skills Training

The ATA has published a submission to Australian Industry Standards in response to the Transport and Logistics IRC Skills Forecast Key Findings Discussion Paper 2017.

“Improving the consistency and quality of the training and assessment of truck drivers is a critical skills issue that must be addressed,” said Noelene Watson, ATA Chair. “Whilst there are many excellent trainers, others train to a price and can be more focused on how long a course will take, and not on the level of competency attained.”