This week Diesel news is reporting on issues like McAleese Dramas Continue, Accreditation Issues, CoR and DP World.
Former McAleese CEO, Mark Rowsthorn, is asking investors who lost $166 million after the virtual collapse of the logistics group to consider investing in a company trying to revive the business which remains.
According to a report in Forbes Advocate, Rowsthorn himself lost $100 million which he had poured into McAleese. The Forbes report suggests, “It is probably a surprise to a lot of investors that Rowsthorn got as badly mauled by its disastrous performance as they did. And it might be important as they decide whether to vote with rebel investors and turf the board next week, which could send the company into administration.”
NHVAS vs Trucksafe
“The NHVAS enjoys a net competitive advantage as a result of its public ownership,” said Geoff Crouch, Chair of the Australian Trucking Association. “TruckSafe includes additional safety requirements under its maintenance standard compared to the NHVAS, requires operators to meet all five mandatory standards, uses a more rigorous audit approach, and utilises an independent expert panel to approve applications, audits, and to review the TruckSafe standards.
“Despite these additional safety and best practice requirements, regulatory concessions are available to NHVAS accredited operators that are not available to TruckSafe accredited operators. The concessions include inspection exemptions in some states for vehicles accredited under the NHVAS maintenance module. This module is substantially the same as the TruckSafe maintenance standards, but without TruckSafe’s additional requirements for roadworthiness assessments and checks on truck speed limiters.”
Global Accreditation Support
“I emphasise to our clients that it makes great sense to do everything within their power to make sure that the are monitoring their safety management processes, and to ensure that the records that they keep reflect these safety efforts.” said Greg Harmes, Managing Director of GlobalAccreditation, responding to Crouch’s comments.
“ATA’s Trucksafe accreditation system, which is audited by mostly small regionally based experienced industry auditors requires operators to have regular roadworthiness assessments for their vehicles, and checks on speed limiters, in addition to the compulsory standards required by both the NVHAS and Trucksafe schemes.”
More CoR Info
Up to 165,000 companies that make up Australia’s heavy vehicle supply chain will be required to take steps to deliver a safer road transport industry under new laws coming in mid 2018. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has released the latest round of Chain of Responsibility information for 10 key supply chain roles.
“We’ve now delivered more than 30 information forums across Australia and I’m pleased to see many companies in the supply chain undertaking their role in safety and taking practical steps to ensure they meet the new laws from mid 2018,” said Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “We’ve released 10 fact sheets which cover information for roles such as consignees, consignors, loaders, packers, schedulers, executives and employers. Whatever the role in the heavy vehicle supply chain, it’s time to be proactive in managing risks to ensure safe transport operations are part of everyday business.”
DP World Evidence
Road Freight NSW has refuted DP World Australia’s (DPWA) defence of its Infrastructure Surcharge in light of new evidence.
“DPWA has stated that their Infrastructure Surcharge comprises of council rates, land tax, rent and terminal infrastructure maintenance costs,” said Simon O’Hara, General Manager RFNSW. “However DP World has just announced ‘volume growth in each major reporting region’. How can it be that they needed to implement an Infrastructure Surcharge to recoup losses and yet they are experiencing Q1 growth.”