The Best Young Drivers, Small Fleets and the Very Fast Train

Regulatory Common Sense 

In Diesel News this week, the Best Young Drivers, Small Fleets and the Very Fast Train are joined by the ongoing saga of the NSW contract determination.

The New South Wales Livestock Bulk and Rural Carriers Association has named the nominees for the LBRCA Young Driver of the Year, highlighting young talent dedicated to best-practice in all aspects of driving and safety.

The five finalists vying for the 2017 award include:

  • Nicholas Masters – White’s Stock Transport
  • Drew Cannon – Stockmaster Pty Ltd
  • Ricky Hetherington – CJ Maddern Pty Ltd
  • Tony Keen – AB Keen Transport
  • Jeremy Taylor – Taylor’s of Bungendore

The award winner will be announced at the LBRCA annual conference in Dubbo on 31 March.

The Best Young Drivers, Small Fleets and the Very Fast Train

The Australian Trucking Association’s 2017 elections are underway, with voter registrations now open. In the election, owner drivers with one truck and small fleet operators with 2 to 5 trucks will elect two representatives to the General Council of theATA.

“The ATA Council sets our strategic policy direction. It deals with the critical issues that will determine the industry’s long term future,” said Noelene Watson, ATA Chair. “You can’t have your say if you don’t register to vote, so I urge owner drivers and small fleet operators to register online at the ATA website. It’s easy, fast and there’s no paperwork anymore.”

To register to vote in the election, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes. You will also need to provide a valid ABN and an email address that is unique to you. Voter registrations for the 2017 election will close on 22 February. The election will be conducted entirely online, using a secure voting system.

The Best Young Drivers, Small Fleets and the Very Fast Train
Michael Kilgariff

Any proposal to build a Very Fast Train from Sydney to Melbourne should be passed straight to Infrastructure Australia for a thorough cost-benefit analysis, according to the Australian Logistics Council.

A proposal by Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLRA), an Australian-based consortium is in the news and it is said to have secured almost 20,000 ha for new development sites along the rail corridor. CLRA says it will present an unsolicited bid to the Prime Minister within the first half of this year, funded by ‘value capture’.

“There is a real risk that funds which ought to be devoted to worthwhile projects, such as Inland Rail, will be squandered on the VFT project,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. “ALC firmly believes that major projects need to have an independent detailed cost-benefit analysis.

“To date all VFT proposals have failed any rigorous cost-benefit analysis. If anything the VFT case will become weaker in the light of the approval of Sydney’s second airport. Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List has identified Inland Rail as a Priority Project, noting the long-term benefits to potential users of the project, users of alternative infrastructure, and the broader economy.”

Debate around the Transport Industry General Carriers Contract Determination continues in NSW as the process goes into a period conciliation.

A Revised Proposal has been formulated and was filed in the Industrial Relations Commission on 14 December 2016. A copy of that document is available here.

Parties to the proceedings have until January 27 to file any submissions in relation to the Revised Proposal. The Revised Proposal sets out changes to remuneration and related matters dealt with under the Contract Determination.