Penske Changes, Newell Closure and General Carriers Determination

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In the news this week in Diesel News there are Penske changes, Newell closure and General carriers Determination, as well load restraint and the NHVR Access Portal.

The latest news from the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW seem to be heading for a much more moderate revised proposal being advanced. The revised proposal would see a recalculation of existing rates to reflect an updated assessment of the operating cost of contact carriers; as well as an expansion of the rates obligations to cover both certain traditionally excluded sectors and contracts of carriage involving journeys from Sydney to Newcastle and from Sydney to Wollongong.

Penske Power Systems have announced Rob Sisk, President and CEO, will return to the US at the end of 2016 to assume a new role with Penske.

As a result, Penske have announced the appointment of Hamish Christie-Johnston to the position of Managing Director. Christie-Johnson has been with Penske Power Systems since August 2014, taking on the role of Director Off-Highway to great success.

Penske Changes, Newell Closure and General Carriers Determination
Hamish Christie-Johnston

Since joining Penske Power Systems, Christie-Johnston is said to have led significant expansion in power generation, defence, marine and mining sales. Prior to joining Penske, Christie-Johnson accumulated substantial experience with Caterpillar and later held senior executive roles in prominent heavy equipment suppliers to the mining industry. He holds a mechanical engineering degree and a MBA, and will assume the position as of January 1 2017.

NatRoad reckon the ongoing closure of Newell Highway is costing trucking businesses $10,000 per week. They are bearing the financial costs of slow progress to open Newell Highway following widespread flooding this September.

“The Newell Highway has been closed for nearly six weeks diverting heavy trucks onto rural towns and onto local roads not designed for this kind of high volume road freight,” said Warren Clark, NatRoad CEO. “Regional trucking businesses and interstate operators that rely on the Newell Highway are facing additional costs of up to $10,000 per week.

“If the Pacific Highway had been closed for six weeks causing major diversions for up to 4,000 trucks per day we would be hearing about it and getting the highway open would be a priority. The ongoing closure of the Newell Highway between West Wyalong and Forbes directly impacts the bottom lines of both regional councils faced with upgrading rural roads and regional trucking businesses who have longer travel times as well as higher wages, fuel and maintenance costs.”

The National Transport Commission says it is working closely with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to review the current edition of the Load Restraint Guide and is seeking feedback on how this guide can be improved.

The Load Restraint Guide provides transport drivers, operators, and other participants in the transport chain of responsibility with the basic safety principles which should be followed for the safe carriage of loads on road vehicles.

Industry can have its say about the format and structure of the new guide by completing a short survey. 

Find out more about the Load Restraint Guide.

Meanwhile at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, October has seen the 5000th heavy vehicle permit application submitted through the NHVR’s new Customer Portal. With automated form checking and the reduction in processing times, the Customer Portal has become the preferred submission option for 95 per cent of all NHVR heavy vehicle access permit applications.

The next phase of the new technology is to expand the portal to road managers, which is on track to be piloted in the coming months. The Road Manager portal will provide a secure online environment for jurisdictions and local government to manage access consent requests and is expected to lead to even further reductions in permit processing times.