We are talking about vehicles mods, regional forums, bad payers and braking concerns, plus accreditation, in Diesel News this week.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is calling for feedback on the updated draft of the Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB) 6: National Code of Practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications it has released on the NHVR website.
“The proposed changes substantially modernise VSB6 to guide industry through common modifications performed to heavy vehicles,” said Daniel Elkins, NHVR Director Safety. “We want to hear more from industry on how we can make it easier for the heavy vehicle industry to modify their vehicles, this is an industry standard so their input is critical.
“As the national standard, VSB6 is used throughout Australia by individuals involved in the modification of heavy vehicles. In July 2015, we commenced a comprehensive review of VSB6. This was conducted in partnership with modification experts, state and territory transport authorities vehicle and component manufacturers and national industry associations.”
NatRoad reckons what works in the cities doesn’t always work in regional and rural areas for trucking businesses. It asserts the strength of regional trucking businesses and their readiness to meet key challenges underpins the economics of regional communities.
The association will be running a series of regional trucking summits to bring together representatives within the industry to answer industry questions first hand, to enable trucking to prepare itself for the challenges ahead.
The first event will be held on February 17 in Dubbo at the:
Inland Truck Centre
North Dubbo NSW
This will be followed by March 17 in Toowoomba, QLD, April 7 in Bairnsdale, VIC, April 21 in Mildura, VIC and TBC in Perth, WA. Full information is available on the Summit website. http://www.natroadsummit.com
The Australian Trucking Association has called for the Australian Government should put in place a mandatory code to prohibit extended payment times being forced on small businesses, as the ATA sent its submission to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) inquiry into payment times and practices.
“The trucking industry consists almost entirely of small businesses and is characterised by tight margins,” said Noelene Watson, ATA Chair. “The vast majority of the costs incurred by small trucking businesses must be met before they can bill their customers. This includes wages or personal living costs, fuel, tyres, finance costs, registration and maintenance.
“As a result, small trucking businesses are vulnerable to adverse changes in their payment terms such as large customers imposing extended periods before they will pay an invoice. A mandatory code for either the trucking industry or all small businesses under Part IVB of the Competition and Consumer Act should be designed to cover payment times, which should be no more than 30 days from the date an invoice is issued.”
Braking issue will be on the agenda at the joint Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association-Livestock and Rural Transporters Association Queensland National Conference to be held February 17-18 in Toowoomba, QLD.
“At this year’s National Conference we will focus our discussions on three key issues that need to be resolved”, said Kevin Keenan, ALRTA National President. “This has allowed us to bring together a broader array of experts with differing perspectives on problems and potential solutions.
“For example, the prospect of mandatory EBS with stability control has divided opinion even among our own membership. While some operators are already choosing to use this technology, there are others who are hesitant because of concerns about performance and reliability in remote and off-road environments. Some have discontinued using the technology because of ongoing problems.
“Our conference session on braking technology will bring together a panel of experts including: the Federal standards authority; a technology developer; a trailer manufacturer; a roll-over expert; an insurer; the ATA; and of course transport operators”.
According to the NHVR, the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme is within reach of 10,000 modules completed and 100,000 vehicles accredited according to the NHVR’s Quarterly Snapshot for October to December 2016.
“Following industry feedback, the NHVR has developed a more robust and newly designed label for vehicles nominated in the mass and maintenance management modules of the Scheme,” said Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “The new labels are smaller and more durable, allowing the operator greater flexibility when displaying them on their vehicle.
“There were also improvements for access with a 16 per cent increase in pre-approved routes bringing the total to 1313, covering 297 local councils across Australia. Pre-approvals are vital because they eliminate the need for individual road manager consents on agreed routes, helping get heavy vehicles on the road quicker and safer.”