Toll, Access and the HVIA President are in the news, alongside stability control, COR, a name change and contracts, from Diesel News.
Toll Group announced an investment of $170 million to build two new ships to support trade between Victoria and Tasmania. The new, purpose-built ships, operating between Burnie, Tasmania and Melbourne, Victoria, will provide 40 per cent more freight capacity, more opportunities to transport refrigerated freight for Tasmania’s growing chilled export market and more flexibility for customer deliveries.
The new vessels will be available in late 2018 and will replace Toll’s existing ships, continuing to operate overnight services, six days per week.
After a staged roll out, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s new online Customer Portal will become the main platform for heavy vehicle access permits from September 30. AccessCONNECT Program Director David Carlisle said there has been an average of 70 per cent of access permit applications received per week through the online Portal as more customers embrace the new system.
“We have experienced significant growth on the Portal since full release in August, and we will continue to communicate with our customers that they will have until September 30 to transfer over to the Portal,” said Carlisle. “More than 1400 businesses are utilising the Portal and are experiencing savings in processing times for their applications, getting them safely on the road faster.”
The retirement of Bob Martin, as President of the HVIA, was announced this week. Martin was first elected as a director to the board of the CVIAQ in 2004 and was CVIAQ’s longest serving President taking the helm in 2009 through to the AGM in 2015, where the CVIAQ became a national association and the HVIA was formed.
“After twelve years on the board its time to move over and let the next generation of directors take the lead of HVIA,” said Martin. “It has been an absolute honour and a pleasure to lead CVIAQ and then HVIA in its inaugural year.”
The Australian Trucking Association’s Senior Adviser of Engineering, Chris Loose, speaking at the Woodflow Optimisation 2016 Conference on Timber Logistics/Harvesting called for the mandating of electronic stability control in new trucks and trailers.
“Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a superior vehicle safety system that detects the stability and sideways acceleration of a heavy vehicle, and automatically activates to slow the vehicle down if it senses risk of a rollover,” said Loose. “The Australian Government must mandate the use of ESC in new models of trucks and trailers as it is the key to reducing crashes and improving safety in the trucking industry.”
The Monash University Accident Research Centre has released data showing mandated use of ESC in heavy vehicles could reduce fatal heavy vehicle crashes by four per cent, and serious injury crashes involving heavy vehicles by seven per cent.
“ESC is the foundation technology required before we can progress to Automated Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS), so this is a fundamental step Australia must take,” said Loose. “AEBS uses additional sensors to monitor the proximity of other vehicles, and automatically apply emergency braking if a collision is imminent.”
The Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association (LBCA) has made an application to change its name. Following a Special General Meeting in Temora, a special motion to change the association’s name was unanimously supported by the LBCA committee.
The association says the new name now accurately reflects all operations carried out by its members. Once the formal change occurs, the association will be known as the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association or LBRCA.
The NHVR has launched a national online survey to better understand industry views on CoR and its role in daily trucking operations. The feedback will help it design information and education packages tailored to trucking businesses everyday tasks.
The Australian Trucking Association has released a contract checklist, which aims to help trucking businesses ensure their contracts are fair and legal. The checklist is said to respond to the lengthening payment terms faced by trucking businesses, as well as concerns that small trucking businesses lack the power and information to negotiate balanced contracts with their customers.
The checklist covers contract issues such as:
- Heavy Vehicle National Law and WA chain of responsibility contract requirements
- pricing and payment terms
- liability for consequential loss
- indemnities, limitation and release clauses
- force majeure and more.