Diesel News has the latest on NHVR Rural Award, Trucking Summit, ATA Candidates and Meeting at Dubbo in it’s headlines this week.
Rural operators who create a safer and more innovative heavy vehicle industry will benefit from an industry award, announced at the combined Australian Livestock and Rural Transport Association and Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland Conference in Toowoomba.
The NHVR has joined forces with the ALRTA to support a $5000 industry award focusing on safety and innovation within the heavy vehicle industry.
“I want to recognise those operators who take a proactive approach to safety across the road transport sector,” said Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “This award will highlight the shared interest of government and industry in improving safety and compliance generally.
“Safety is paramount to the NHVR and we want to encourage all operators to be proactive and responsible in doing everything they can to have the highest safety procedures in place.”
ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said the Award would recognise and reward rural road transport operators who have identified HVNL related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.
Dubbo was the venue for the first of NatRoad’s Regional Trucking Summits, with business owners coming in from Dubbo and surrounding areas to talk about current issues and the challenges of the future.
There was a presentation from the NHVR about one of the biggest changes to the industry for 2017, and into 2018, Chain of Responsibility regulation. All parties in the chain of responsibility are now responsible for proactively managing the risks associated with transport activities.
Paul Endycott from NSW’s Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) presented on RMS’s enforcement strategy. He provided examples in which people had created unsafe environments and where people were openly flouting the law which resulted in prosecution. He also mentioned transport customers need to remember that the chain of responsibility extends to them, as it does everyone involved in the supply chain.
Attendees also received the latest information on current modern award proceedings, General Contract Carriers Determination and the Victorian Inquiry into the Owner Driver Forestry Contractors Act.
The next stop for the regional summit events is in Toowoomba on March 29.
In the upcoming election for the owner driver and small fleet representatives on the Australian Trucking Association Council, the ALRTA has endorsed two candidates.
It is proposing John Beer for the owner driver position and Lynley Miners for the small fleet position.
“The ATA Council is the highest-level industry policy development body in the Australian road transport sector,” said Kevin Keenan, ALRTA President. “It is vitally important that the ATA Council has excellent representation from the owner driver and small fleet sectors that together make up the majority of road transport operators.
“We believe that the best candidates are those who have genuine industry interests at heart, and who have sufficient secretariat support to successfully interface with their electors. John and Lynley are passionate industry advocates who are actively working to make smaller trucking businesses safer, more productive and free from unnecessary regulatory interference.
“They are real ‘grass-roots’ operators who know what it takes to run their own small trucking business.”
Dubbo will also be the venue for the annual conference of the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association of NSW when it is held on March 31-April 1.
“This years’ event is particularly important as we celebrate 30 years,” said Lynley Miners, LBRCA President. “There is a strong line up of presenters from local, state and federal arenas as well as industry.
“We also have plenty of time for attendees to catch up and network. This aspect is always a highlight of our annual conferences and we make a point of encouraging our members to use this time to meet and network with our government and industry representatives.”
The event will also see the presentation of the Young Driver of the Year Award, encouraging the succession of future leaders in the industry.
“The award has been up and running for a couple of years now and attracts a wide interest from across our membership,” said Miners.