The news this week features PBS, Pink Pallets, Peter Langworthy and Regional Trucking. Firstly, an event is to be held in Orange on November 7, which will address the key challenges facing regional trucking businesses.
The Regional Trucking Business Summit has been organised by NatRoad at the Hotel Canobolas, 248 Summer Street Orange. Registration for NSW Regional Trucking Summit is free with places limited and the Owner and Operation Session starting at 1pm.
“Everyone relies on a truck and nowhere is that more apparent than in the country,’ said Warren Clark, CEO of NatRoad. “The strength of regional trucking businesses and their readiness to meet key challenges underpins the economics of regional communities.
“We know from firsthand experience that what works in the cities doesn’t always work in regional and rural areas for trucking businesses. Recent industrial threats to regional trucking businesses have revealed a range of challenges and we want to understand how ready the road transport businesses are to face those challenges.
“The NSW Regional Trucking Summit will bring together the representatives who make the regulations and enforce them, industry leaders with an interest in the viability of the sector as well as the very people who run trucking businesses in regional and rural areas.”
At the first Annual General Meeting of Heavy Vehicle Australia (HVIA), the appointment of the year-old organisation’s next President took place, with the election of Dana Australia’s Managing Director Peter Langworthy.
A year ago the members of what was then CVIAQ, voted to transition to a national mandate and form a new national association. The meeting saw the retirement from the HVIA Board of Bob Martin from Jost Australia, following twelve years as a Director (CVIAQ and HVIA) including the last seven years as President.
CHEP, will be painting some of its blue pallets pink this month to raise awareness for breast and gynaecological cancers. To promote awareness for Pink Ribbon Day and support its customer, Woolworths, with their corporate partnership with the Cancer Council, a truckload of pink pallets was sent to the Woolworths Distribution Centre in Minchinbury for circulation into stores.
“Providing the pink pallets was a way we could actively support causes that are important to the communities we serve, our employees and customers,” said Justin Frank, Chep Director of Strategy and Marketing. “In addition to raising awareness through distribution of our pink pallets and running our own fundraising events, we are also directly donating to the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day cause.
“Breast cancer has touched many of us, maybe a family member, colleague or friend. Every one of us can make a difference, so let’s start talking about it, raising the profile and supporting this cause as much as we can.”
According to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, approvals for high-performance heavy vehicles reached new heights during July-to-September., The latest quarterly data released by the NHVR, showed 450 new combinations approved, an 80 per cent increase on the same period in 2015.
“PBS vehicles deliver higher productivity and safety through innovative vehicle design, meaning less trucks and safer vehicles,” said Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “Safer technology, such as braking systems, that also delivers greater productivity outcomes is providing benefits for more than two billion tonnes of freight moved around Australia each year.
“Truck and dog combinations continue to be the most popular combinations making up more than half of all approvals, followed by semis, B-double and A-double combinations.”