Among the headlines in Diesel News this week are Post-McAleese Pain, Road Rules Change, VSB6 and Qube Loan, plus West Gate Tunnel issues and Combinations Explained.
More of the former McAleese road transport operation is set to close, as McGrathNicol are appointed receivers to ARX Group and RMS East Group. The administrators have been appointed to handle Australian Road Express and its subsidiary ARX Group, and Rivet Mining Services East Holdco and its subsidiary RMS East Group.
The ARX Group is a provider of nationwide logistics solutions. It has its headquarters in Perth with depots in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It has approximately 180 employees. The RMS East Group comprises heavy haulage and crane depots in Newcastle (NSW), Rockhampton (QLD) and Emerald (QLD). The business provides lifting and haulage solutions primarily to the mining, energy and infrastructure industries. Approximately 70 personnel provide the heavy haulage and crane services and operations.
McGrathNicol point out the appointment does not affect other entities within the Rivet Group.
Road Rules Changes
The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released the latest package of proposed amendments to the Australian Road Rules for public consultation.
“The proposed changes aim to harmonise the road rules across the states and territories to improve road user safety,” said Paul Retter, NTC CEO. “For example, in November 2016 transport ministers agreed to pursue a national approach to motorcycle lane filtering which is included in this proposed amendment package.”
Key changes include:
- new load restraint requirements to improve clarity about legal obligations
- updating technology-based terminology for rules that govern the use of visual display units and mobile phones
- new rules that impose restrictions on drivers’ use of ‘bus only’ lanes.
The discussion document can be downloaded here.
Updated checklists, compliance procedures, new codes for installation of roll over systems and falling object protection systems are among the key changes for Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6: National Code of Practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications (VSB6).
“The new VSB6 allows the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to keep pace with the growth in technology and delivers a modern, national standard for heavy vehicle modifications in all states and territories, including Western Australia and the Northern Territory,” said Peter Austin, NHVR Manager – Vehicle Safety and Performance. “This is yet another measure we are taking to improve the roadworthiness of Australia’s heavy-vehicle fleet and boost safety for all road users.”
The transition to the revised code will be on the table at a series of Industry Forums being held by the Heavy Vehicle Industry Association (HVIA) across Australia during August. According to the HVIA, non-members are most welcome to attend.
The information forums will take place in:
Brisbane – Tuesday, 1 August
Melbourne – Thursday, 3 August
Sydney – Thursday, 10 August
Adelaide – Wednesday, 16 August
Perth – Thursday ,17 August
West Gate Tunnel Issues
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has made recommendations in its response to the West Gate Tunnel Environmental Effects Statement (EES) that, if accepted, would make the proposed road more efficient and productive for operators moving freight in and out of the Port of Melbourne.
“Our strategic assessment of the merits of the Environmental Effects Statement of the West Gate Tunnel Project, has determined the project will deliver a high level of benefit in providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge and supporting the productivity and performance of the M1 corridor,” said Peter Anderson, VTA CEO.
“While the project will assist in improving transport connections with the city and the western and inner western suburbs, the need for the Port of Melbourne to grow and prosper is vital to the overall prosperity of Victoria, and this Project must deliver on Melbourne’s future growth opportunities.”
Specifically, the VTA has recommended plans to meter heavy-vehicle entry ramps be abandoned on safety grounds, and to keep truck traffic moving seamlessly.
The NHVR has released a new chart showing 39 common heavy-vehicle combinations, with details about weight limits, length and vehicle classes.
The chart can be downloaded here.
$150 Million for Qube
Qube Holdings is set to borrow up to $150 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to fund its Moorebank Logistics Park in Sydney. The seven-year bilateral debt facility is to provide a medium-term finance for the staged construction of the project.
The fund is helping Qube in this way, because the new terminal, when it opens in 2030, is expected to take trucks off the roads of Sydney by increasing the use of rail networks to move freight in the city.