Diesel News this week, brings Safety, Effluent, Floods, Chickpeas and Speed Cameras forward as issues facing the trucking industry in Australia.
The Australian Trucking Association is calling on the NSW Government to consider applying point-to-point speed camera checks to all vehicles, not just trucks, saying the current point-to-point camera monitoring program is not being used in the most effective way to improve road safety.
“The principal aim of installing point-to-point speed cameras is to improve road safety for all, yet NSW remains the only state that does not apply this technology on cars as well as trucks,” said Noelene Watson, ATA Chair. “The current system only targets drivers of heavy vehicles when the bulk of the traffic in NSW comes from drivers of cars. Independent research and statistical evidence shows more than eighty percent of multi-vehicle crashes that involve heavy vehicles, are the fault of the other driver.”
After six weeks, the Newell Highway is finally open between West Wyalong and Forbes and the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association of NSW is calling for operators to report the overall effect on business of the road closure.
“How long did you use a diversion to meet your transport obligations?” asked the LBRCA. “How many times did you use the detour? Did the detours affect your bottom line? The information will be used to prepare a report to the Federal Government seeking funding to upgrade (flood-proof) the Newell Highway.”
Federal Transport Minister, Darren Chester, chaired a ministerial meeting to discuss efforts to reduce the increase in road deaths and injuries. Ministers are reported to have agreed all jurisdictions work together to achieve the 30 per cent reductions in death and serious injuries all jurisdictions have committed to under the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 (NRSS).
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association is calling on transport regulators to get serious about the application of chain of responsibility to livestock preparation. This comes after a report by the Queensland Parliamentary Transport and Utilities Committee recommended the Minister work with other relevant Commonwealth and State Ministers to ask the National Transport Commission to give further consideration to means by which it can make more transparent, and more easily understood, the applicability of the relevant COR provisions to pre-transport stock preparation.
“The loss of effluent from a heavy vehicle is routinely treated as a load restraint breach under the HVNL,” said Kevin Keenan,ALRTA President. “It is widely known that the primary cause is inadequate preparation of livestock by chain parties prior to transport. While COR laws have been in place since 1997 for the purpose of holding off-road chain parties to account when their actions or omissions result in on-road breaches, the provisions have been wholly ineffective in influencing stock preparation practices. The law is not clear and there have been no known prosecutions of chain parties beyond the driver and operator in relation to effluent loss.”
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has released a policy for chickpea growers to support this season’s bumper crop in Queensland. It will expedite permits for non-PBS A–double combinations transporting containerised chick peas to the Port of Brisbane.
With a record planting of 1 million hectares of chickpeas from Central Queensland down to central New South Wales, it’s vital growers can quickly move the harvest to port before it spoils and to take advantage of current high commodity prices for this export. The existing PBS fleet of A-doubles transporting chick peas will be supplemented with non-PBS vehicles for a limited time from mid-November 2016 to mid-January 2017.