VIC Drugs Initiative, Effluent Code, Autonomous Feedback and the VTA

Victorian Drugs Initiative

VicRoads is working with the road freight industry to develop a resource to support companies of all sizes to manage drugs and alcohol in the workplace. The project was initiated under Victoria’s road safety strategy Towards Zero 2016/2020. The strategy aims to reduce fatalities to less than 200 by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15 per cent.

According to VicRoads, heavy vehicle crashes are one of the key contributors to road trauma in Victoria, and drug-driving has been identified as a key risk factor. This project is a key component of the strategy.

VicRoads has engaged the Australian Road Research Board to conduct the survey with industry stakeholders, as well as in-depth consultation. We would appreciate your support in taking the time to answer the survey questions and giving your honest feedback. ARRB will only provide de-identified data to VicRoads. Link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y73QB9P

Effluent Code

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association has formally lodged a notice of intention to ask National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to register an industry code of practice for ‘Managing Effluent in the Livestock Supply Chain’.

It has proposed that the code will cover:

  • preparation of livestock prior to road transport;
  • minimising the risk of effluent escape in transit;
  • roadside disposal facilities for vehicles in transit;
  • end-of-trip disposal facilities and truck washes; and,
  • communication throughout the supply chain.

Payment Terms Problems

Extended payment times are a growing problem for small trucking businesses and must be fixed, reckons Geoff Crouch, Chair of the Australian Trucking Association. He made the comments following the release of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman’s Final Report into Payment Times and Practices. The ATA had made a detailed submission to its inquiry.

“The ATA has been calling for extended payment times to be fixed and now the small business ombudsman has backed the need for the Government to act,” said Crouch. “In the trucking industry, some big business customers are demanding payment terms of up to 120 days.

“The report recommends that industry codes should include best payment practices, including set payment times. In the 2016 election campaign, the ATA called for a mandatory code covering payment terms for small trucking businesses and related issues.”

Autonomous Feedback Needed

The National Transport Commission is looking for feedback on a proposal for drivers to allow hands off the wheel in some automated vehicles. Interested parties have been asked to make submissions about how the concepts of control and proper control in the Australian Road Rules should apply to automated vehicles.

The NTC discussion paper, Clarifying control of automated vehicles looks at the development of national enforcement guidelines to clarify if the human driver or the automated driving system is in control at certain levels of driving automation.

“Our existing road transport laws are based on the principle that the human driver is in control of the vehicle. Vehicles with an automated driving system that can perform parts of the driving task challenge these concepts of control,” said Paul Retter, NTC CEO.

VIC Drugs Initiative, Effluent Code, Autonomous Feedback and the VTA

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester.

Chester at the VTA

The Victorian Transport Association says it has secured Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, to attend and address its annual State Conference in June.

“I am thrilled that Minister Chester has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote opening address at the VTA’s State Conference in Lorne on the 5th of June,” said Peter Anderson, VTA CEO. “Federal infrastructure planning and spending has occupied a significant part of discourse within the industry in Victoria and we look forward to hearing firsthand from the responsible Minister about the transport and infrastructure priorities of the Commonwealth Government.”

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