top tech awards at the TMC

Top Tech Awards at the TMC

This week saw the truck top tech awards at the TMC, the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner, as part of the annual Technical and Maintenance Conference, held in Melbourne at the Automotive Centre of Excellence at Kangan Batman TAFE rewards the technical teams in trucking for dedication and innovation. Read more

Top Industry Awards

Top Industry Awards

Among those winning top industry awards at the recent Trucking Australia 2018 event were Ross Fraser, Frances Ross and Boral Driver, Barry Fitzgerald.

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Trucking Industry Awards Nominations

Trucking Industry Awards Nominations

This week, the National Trucking Industry Awards nominations were made by the Australian Trucking Association. The awards are designed to recognise businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond to improve their workplace and contribute to the trucking industry.

“The finalists for these awards have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the Australian trucking industry through their hard work and commitment,” said Geoff Crouch, ATA Chair. “These awards are a highlight of not only the Trucking Australia conference, but the whole year and I look forward to the announcement of the winners next month,” he said. Read more

National Trucking Industry Awards

National Trucking Industry Awards

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has announced the 2017 winners of the National Trucking Industry Awards at the Trucking Australia conference in Darwin. The awards were presented at the ATA Foundation Sponsors Gala Dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre.


“I would like to extend my congratulations to all the winners. These awards recognise individuals and businesses that go above and beyond in their service to the trucking industry,” said Ben Maguire, ATA CEO.


The winners are:


Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry, sponsored by BP Australia, NTI and Volvo Trucks went to Roger Pickering, Pickering Transport Group (Swan Hill, VIC).


Roger grew up in Swan Hill and district until he moved to Melbourne at age 15 and began his working life. After a few months of experience in the transport industry, his father got him to join the family business.


Currently based in Mildura, Roger’s business provides employment for hundreds of regional people. He sits in an overall management role, closely involved with the buzz, pressure and excitement of operations, matching customers’ and drivers’ expectations and capabilities with the movement of freight.


National Trucking Industry Awards
National Professional Driver of the Year went to Danial McFee, Gilbert’s Transport Services.

National Professional Driver of the Year, sponsored by BP Australia, NTI and Volvo Trucks, went to Danial McFee, Gilbert’s Transport Services Pty Ltd (Cavan, SA).


Danial has worked with Gilbert’s Transport for 31 years. The son of a truck driver, Danial started as a local driver based at the company’s depot at Strathalbyn in Adelaide Hills, doing abattoir related work, progressing to interstate work, driving to Brisbane and Sydney and driving double road trains to Perth.


In 1996, Danial started doing the regular triple road train run from Adelaide to Darwin and Tennant Creek. He averaged 288,000km per year and racked up six million kilometres on that route alone. Doing the run week in and week out incident-free, is proof of his high level of skill, care and expertise and his ability to deal with the challenges of operating a triple road train on a road with little margin for error.


Trucking Industry Woman of the Year

Award, sponsored by Cummins South Pacific, went to Tracie Dickenson, Daryl Dickenson Transport (Archerfield, QLD).


Tracie’s father was a long-haul owner-driver, so her association with road transport began early in her life. In 1990, she met Daryl, an interstate driver, and started travelling with him full-time, where she learnt about working interstate transport.


In 2001, operating from home, Tracie and Daryl formed Daryl Dickenson Transport with one truck and one full-time employee. In 2003, Daryl Dickenson Transport set up operation from its first depot in Wacol. Today the company has grown to a fleet of 40 trucks and more than 60 employees with storage facilities in Yatala.


National Training Excellence Award, sponsored by DECA, went to De Bruyn’s Transport (Burnie, TAS).


De Bruyn’s Transport in Tasmania is operated by brothers John and Dirk, together with their cousin John. Cornelius de Bruyn, the great uncle of the present owners, established the company in 1965. It is TruckSafe, NHVAS Mass Management and Basic Fatigue Management accredited.


De Bruyn’s Transport employs 200 people across five depots and utilises some 120 heavy vehicles, 200 trailers, two fish farm support vessels as well as numerous forklifts and other specialised pieces of equipment.


National Trucking Industry Awards
The TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award went to Collins Adelaide Transport.

TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award, sponsored by AEI Transport, went to Collins Adelaide Transport (Adelaide, SA).


Collins Adelaide is a wholly family owned company that commenced operations in 1965, with John Collins operating one tray truck between Adelaide and Melbourne.


The company has now expanded to more than 300 employees across South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. The company maintains the motto of ‘a family tradition of customer service’ and has proudly been a member of TruckSafe since 1997.


Don Watson Memorial Award went to Ray Ablett, Abletts Transport (Queanbeyan, NSW).


Ray was born in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria where he watched his dad start his trucking business. Before long, he was driving for his father. He started carrying timber and general goods in regional Victoria and this continued till he purchased his own truck in the late 1970’s. Sometime later, he and his dad combined their businesses to form what is today a national company, Abletts Transport.


Ray is a hard-working man, dedicated to his business and the trucking industry as a whole. Whenever there is an industry event or community event that needs help or support, Ray and his team are there.



New man at MAN, Combined Electronics, New Engine and Two Awards

New man at MAN, Combined Electronics, New Engine and Two Awards

This week’s news includes a New man at MAN, Combined Electronics, New Engine and Two Awards, all from Diesel News.

New man at MAN, Combined Electronics, New Engine and Two Awards

MAN Australia and New Zealand has announced the appointment of Sergio Carboni to the position of National Sales Manager MAN. He will be responsible for sales of the MAN truck product range across Australia.

“Sergio has held a range of roles in sales and business development across various industries

including automotive, engineering, building and construction,” said Kevin Dennis, Penske

Commercial Vehicles Managing Director. “He also brings a proven history of strategy execution and excellent customer and dealer relations. In this role, which has been newly created to place greater emphasis on the MAN offering in Australia, Sergio will report to Mark Mello, General Manager Truck Sales.”

New man at MAN, Combined Electronics, New Engine and Two Awards

Paul Cooper of Winter and Taylor Isuzu, Geelong, has been crowned the Isuzu Australia 2016 National Team Elite Champion. The award recognises sales managers and consultants who consistently provide their customers with outstanding service while making a high volume of sales.

Paul fought off tough competition, topping the scoreboard in all three challenges that determine the Isuzu Team Elite Champion, a product knowledge quiz, vehicle presentation and an Isuzu Sales Information System exercise.

New man at MAN, Combined Electronics, New Engine and Two Awards

Fuso celebrated the winners of its Dealer of The Year awards for 2016 and presented the award for the Metropolitan Dealer of the Year to Daimler Trucks Adelaide Dealer Principal, David Reid.

“Fuso had yet another year of growth in 2016, which was our biggest year since the GFC, and our strong customer-focused dealership network is at the core of this success,” said Daniel Whitehead, Daimler Truck and Bus Managing Director.

The award for Rural Dealer of the Year went to Cameron O’Hara, Dealer Principal of Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast.

“Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast has done an outstanding job of selling Fuso trucks, and just as importantly, it has also done a great job of looking after members of the Fuso family,” said Justin Whitford, Fuso Truck and Bus Director.

The 2016 Sales Person of the Year award was presented to Leon Benivento from Daimler Trucks Huntingwood, Sydney. The 2016 Rookie of the Year award was won by Muzammil Syed, from Hallam Truck Centre in Dandenong, who was praised for his enthusiasm for Fuso product.

New man at MAN, Combined Electronics, New Engine and Two Awards

Volvo Trucks have announced a new system combining the cab’s audio and entertainment unit with the navigation and fleet management systems., It has created one fully integrated system controlled via touch screen, voice command and steering wheel buttons.

“The new system for services and infotainment allows drivers to really personalise their workspace,” said Anders Edenholm, Chief Project Manager, Volvo Trucks. “For example they can listen to their favourite local radio station no matter where they are, and they can have hands-free access to both their personal phone as well as work phone.”

New Detroit

In the US Detroit have announced a new engine aimed at vocational truck markets, the Detroit DD8 is a 7.7 litre in-line, 6-cylinder medium-duty engine. It is being sold in a horsepower range from 260 to 350 hp and a torque range of 660 to 1050 ft lb. This will expand on the Detroit medium-duty platform, launched last year with the DD5 on the US market.

Vehicles equipped with the DD8 will feature Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service. Virtual Technician helps US fleets make informed maintenance decisions, so that they only service their vehicles when needed.

Changes At Cummins and NTI, Awards, Supercars and a New Truck from UD

Changes At Cummins and NTI, Awards, Supercars and a New Truck from UD

The latest from Diesel News, this week, includes Changes At Cummins and NTI, Awards, Supercars and a New Truck from UD.


Changes At Cummins and NTI, Awards, Supercars and a New Truck from UD
Stephanie Disher, Managing Director – Cummins South Pacific


At Cummins South Pacific, Andrew Penca has been appointed Executive Director Asia Pacific Distribution. In this expanded role, he will lead the broader Cummins sales, service and support business in the Asia Pacific region of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea (Cummins South Pacific), Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea and Japan.


Stephanie Disher takes over from Penca as Managing Director – Cummins South Pacific. She has led the company’s branch network and operations business since May 2015. Prior to this she served as the finance director for the company.


As operations director, Disher has led a number of strategic and operational initiatives for Cummins South Pacific, including key customer service and support technology initiatives, continued improvements in customer satisfaction and continued growth in aftermarket sales and support business.


Changes At Cummins and NTI, Awards, Supercars and a New Truck from UD


NTI has announced the launch of a new brand identity to reflect its position as a specialist insurer in transport and logistics.


“For over 40 years, NTI has been Australia’s Number 1 Truck Insurer,” said Tony Clark, NTI CEO. “However, the NTI story has evolved to include our position as a market leader in mobile plant and equipment insurance, as well the leading roadside assistance provider for heavy vehicles.


“The new NTI logo will be used to represent the company as a whole, while the National Transport Insurance, Truck Assist, Yellow Cover and Marine Protect brands will be used to deliver products and services to our customers and partners.”


This new logo follows the NTI agreement with IAG’s CGU and Suncorp’s Vero to create Australia’s a new marine insurance specialist, Marine Protect: Powered by NTI.



Meanwhile over in SE Asia, UD Trucks is preparing to launch Croner, a new medium duty truck, aimed specifically at the truck markets of Thailand, Indonesia and other SE Asian countries. The truck will not be offered on the Australian market.


“It is our aim for Croner to make every moment count, through maximizing productivity and minimizing downtime on every run our customers make,” said Nobuhiko Kishi, Senior Vice President of UD Trucks Brand and Product.


In the lead up to the launch, UD have produced this teaser video.




Changes At Cummins and NTI, Awards, Supercars and a New Truck from UD


Penske Commercial Vehicles present Cummins Filtration with the Supplier of the Year award in Brisbane recently.

In a statement, PCV said, with the Fleetguard range of filtration solutions, Cummins Filtration has been an important partner to the company and its customers for over 20 years, providing state-of-the-art products and excellent customer service.


Meanwhile at a dinner on the Gold Coast, Volvo Group Australia announced VCV Brisbane and VCV Newcastle as the 2016 Volvo Dealers of the Year at its annual awards dinner.


VCV Brisbane was awarded 2016 Metropolitan Dealer of the Year, which was accepted by Dealer Principal, Joe White. Branch Manager, Scott Hughes accepted the award on behalf of VCV Newcastle, which claimed the title of 2016 Regional Dealer of the Year.


Changes At Cummins and NTI, Awards, Supercars and a New Truck from UD



At the same time over at the Glasshouse in Melbourne’s Olympic Park, Daimler Truck and Bus Director, Michael May, handed over the 2016 Metropolitan Dealer of the Year award to Greg Gardiner, the Dealer Principal of Daimler Trucks Sydney, Huntingwood. He also presented the 2016 Rural Dealer of the Year to Kevin Purcell, the Dealer Principal of Daimler Trucks Newcastle.


Changes At Cummins and NTI, Awards, Supercars and a New Truck from UD


Freightliner Racing has revealed a new-look Commodore Supercar and Coronado prime mover that will haul it to each race. The Albury-based team has switched from black and red to a white and silver livery topped off with a striking new shade of red for the car driven by two-time race winner Tim Slade.


It has also replaced its Freightliner Argosy cabover prime mover with a Freightliner Coronado 114, a model with a set-forward front axle that can haul a 34-pallet B-double trailer set. The team transporter, nicknamed Stax, is driven by Paul Eddy, who clocks up around 45,000 km a year behind the wheel towing a B-double trailer loaded with two cars and mass of spares and equipment.


Getting the Wheel End Right

Awards, Fatigue Research, Brake Testing and the RSRT 

This week’s headlines from Diesel News include Industry Awards, Fatigue Research, Brake Testing and the RSRT.

Any transport business, which employs drivers, is covered by the Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010 and the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010. These are undergoing a review by the Fair Work Commission at the moment.

The Transport Workers Union has entered two submissions. One for the Long Distance Award and a second for the Distribution Award.

According to NatRoad, some of the changes proposed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) should be opposed, as the changes would impose costs on its members by adding to the costs of employing drivers without any productivity offsets.

The trucking industry has until March 2 to submit any documents opposing the reforms suggested. After that the changes will be put to the Fair Work Commission, before any final outcome is known by June or July 2017.

Awards, Fatigue Research, Brake Testing and the RSRT 

At the end of last year, Darren Chester, Federal Transport Minister announced an $828,000 investment in a joint project involving the National Transport Commission, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, universities and industry. The funding has been committed for the next two years to ensure the research is finalised and available to Ministers in 2018.

“The Heavy Vehicle National Law fatigue rules are complex, with detailed provisions about how to count work and rest time and overlapping 24 hour counting periods,” Noelene Watson, Australian Trucking Association Chair. “Complying with the rules is stressful for drivers and operators, because of the risk of making a mistake.

“And despite the complexity of the rules, there is only limited evidence available about their impact on driver fatigue and safety. Some state enforcement agencies have called for changes to the rules, particularly in relation to what are called nose-to-tail schedules. The ATA pointed out in 2014 that there was not enough evidence about the practice for governments to make an informed decision. The research will address this issue.”

The ongoing delay in finalising brake testing rules has been further extended to June 30 2017. The NHVR and Road and Maritime Services had originally set the expiration date at the end of this month, January 31.

The decision means heavy vehicles achieving a brake test result greater than 3kN/t, but less than 4.5kN/t will continue to be given an official warning on first time detection, but not breached.

“We are continuing to review national brake test results collected by Roads and Maritime and industry to determine the most appropriate way to test types of trailer brakes,” said Daniel Elkins, NHVR Safety Director. “We need to better understand why some types of trailers are not able to meet the brake performance standard. It is applicable that we extend the current transition period in NSW to June 30.”

The Australian Logistics Council has welcomed the Australian Government’s response to a report by the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman into the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT).

“Since it was first proposed in 2010, ALC has always opposed the introduction of the RSRT”, said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. “The tribunal was intentioned to improve heavy vehicle safety and prevent fatalities on the road. In reality, it had the opposite effect, taking focus away from “chain of responsibility” laws that place a legal obligation on supply-chain operators to take action to prevent speeding, fatigue, mass limits and loading infringements.

“The only tangible outcome of the tribunal was the delivery of significant regulatory overlap, confusion, inefficiencies and costs.nFor this reason, ALC shares the Government’s concern that the application by the Transport Workers Union to vary the NSW General Carriers Contract Determination will reintroduce the same inefficiencies in that State, with no tangible safety benefit.”


Awards, Seatbelts and Regional Funding

Awards, Seatbelts and Regional Funding

In the news this week we have a selection of awards, seatbelts and regional funding, alongside intermodal development in Sydney.

The Australian Trucking Association announced the three finalists for the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award. They are, Cade Robinson, Borg Manufacturing, Somersby, NSW, Scott Gardiner, Star Track, Minchinbury, NSW and Dale Hedley, Vellex, Wetherill Park, NSW.

Awards, Seatbelts and Regional Funding

The Craig Roseneder Award recognises technical and maintenance excellence in the workshop by an individual, and celebrates the professionalism of the men and women who work behind the scenes in the trucking industry’s workshops.

“The award is named in honour of the late Craig Roseneder, who was devoted to the development of a safer road transport industry,” said Noelene Watson, ATA Chair. “These three finalists are outstanding in their field and demonstrate a high level of safety, expertise and professionalism.”

The Federal Government has announced the list of projects that will receive funding under Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund. 67 projects will receive a total of $126 million in new funding.

Federal funding has been provided for upgrades to two regional livestock exchanges. The Central West Livestock Exchange in Forbes has received $1.5 million towards a $3.4 million project to lift capacity from 1,800 cattle a day to 2,600. Swan Hill Regional Livestock Exchange has received and additional $900,000 towards a $1.7 million project to promote faster and larger turnover that includes reference to minimising fatigue for transporters.

An additional $250,000 has now been allocated for the construction of a new truck wash in Powranna, Tasmania in addition to the $247,000 already committed by the Tasmanian Government.

The ATA released a new safety alert to highlight the availability of truck suspension seats with integrated belts. ATA Senior Adviser, Engineering, Chris Loose said an integrated seatbelt with the driver’s suspension seat would comfortably secure the driver and in an event of a crash, reduce the consequences.

When asked, the common response for not wearing a seatbelt when driving a heavy vehicle was that drivers considered them uncomfortable. This is historically due to the use of suspension seats with cab mounted belts locking during driving over rough roads.

It was awards time for the Queensland Trucking Association, with Followmont Transport winning two awards. Their driver Russell McCulloch won the Professional Driver of the Year award, and Followmont also received the Industry Excellence Award.

Other awards included, Daryl Dickenson Transport who received the Industry Safety Award, while Taylor’s Removals and Storage were presented with the People Leadership Awards. As featured in the September/October edition of Diesel Magazine, Zoe Bull, from Cummins South Pacific was named the Young Achiever of the Year. After a lifetime’s dedication to the trucking industry, Merry Manton, from NTI Roadteam got the gong for Trucking Woman of the Year.

The Australian Logistics Council welcomed the announcement Infrastructure Australia has included Sydney’s Moorebank Intermodal Terminal in the Infrastructure Priority List.

“The announcement that Moorebank has been added to the Infrastructure Priority List is an important step towards improving freight efficiency in Sydney,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. “Inclusion on the Priority List reinforces Moorebank’s status as a nationally significant infrastructure project and will help to ensure it is prioritised by governments in their investment and policy decisions.

“Moorebank is critical to Sydney’s freight future as it will support the more efficient movement of freight to and from Port Botany. Once fully operational, it will also connect to the national road/rail network, and in so doing, provide a much needed boost to national freight efficiency.”

Brakes, Cables, Steel, Telematics and Autonomous Trucks

Industry Awards, Permit Applications and Driver Health

Industry awards, permit applications and driver health are joined by volume loading and the Intelligent Access Program in the news this week. Seven Australian Freight Industry Award winners were celebrated by over 700 members of the Victorian Transport Association at the freight and logistics industry.


The winners were:

  • Nationwide Towing & Transport for ‘Investment In People’
  • Kalari for ‘Best Practice Safety’
  • Fleet Effect for ‘Application of Technology’
  • Toxfree Australia and Toll Tasmania for Australian Transport & Logistics Waste
  • Eric Law of DP World Australia for ‘Young Achiever Of The Year’
  • John Rowe of Victorian Freight Specialists for ‘Personality Of The Year’


“Once again, the VTA was overwhelmed with many, many high quality applications for the Australian Freight Industry Awards, which presented our judging panels with a real challenge when it came to determining the winners,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson.


Meanwhile, at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, almost 300 national heavy vehicle permit applications a week are being delivered by the new digital platform, just five weeks after going live. Customer Portal Executive Director David Carlisle said the staged rollout of the system was proving successful, delivering almost half of all permit applications processed by the NHVR.


“Online form validation alone has saved industry 729 days and improved productivity by ensuring an application is completed correctly before it is submitted,” said Carlisle. “With all the additional tools the Portal provides, customers can find themselves saving a day or more per permit by going online to submit their application.”


Australians, their doctors and other health professionals will have better guidance on whether they are safe to drive thanks to updated medical guidelines contained in the new edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive for commercial and private vehicle drivers.


Assessing Fitness to Drive is a joint publication of the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Austroads, and includes standards for private and commercial drivers of heavy vehicles, light vehicles and motor bikes.


Paul Retter, NTC CEO, said the new edition would give health professionals the best available information to help them discuss driving with their patients and assess their patients’ ability to drive safely.


Also from the NTC is a paper on ‘Increasing heavy vehicle volumetric load capacity without increasing mass limits’. It explores options for allowing increases in vehicle dimension (height, length and width) for tasks in which the freight would normally fill a standard trailer well before the statutory mass limits are reached.


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has released a new document, ‘The Overview of the IAP Functional and Technical Specification’.


“The IAP is a world first program that has been operational in Australia since 2009,” said Chris Koniditsiotis, TCA CEO. “The overview document responds to increased interest from local and international stakeholders.”

Trucking Industry Awards Nominations

ATA Awards nominations open

The trucking industry has until April 28 to get in their nominations for the Australian Trucking Association’s National Trucking Industry Awards. They will be presented at the annual ATA Convention, to be held on Hamilton Island during the first week of June.


The idea of giving awards to people working in the industry does give their peers an opportunity to show appreciation for work well done. Many who have given all of their lives to the trucking world do put a lot extra into the job and try to make the trucking world a better place. Now’s your chance to give thanks for those who go that extra mile.


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The Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry Award is presented to an individual or organisation showing commitment to improving the trucking industry through their operation or contribution to industry activities.


The National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award recognises the strong professional contribution made by a woman within the trucking industry. The National Professional Driver of the Year Award sponsors is seeking a driver whose outstanding performance, including driving skill and attitude have made a contribution to industry improvement.


The National Training Excellence Award Award encourages businesses to use and develop effective programs to minimise risk for their workforce. The judges reward excellence in a different safety category each year. In 2014, the focus is on the issue of truck rollover prevention and appropriate speed for the conditions.


The Don Watson Memorial Award is presented to a person who has given conspicuous service to the Australian trucking industry. The winner is selected from a range of exceptional people who do not need to nominate to be considered.


The TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award Award recognises a TruckSafe accredited operator which has implemented and promoted the program in an exceptional fashion and fosters a strong culture of safety in every part of their business.

Queensland’s best recognised at 23rd Annual Dinner and Awards Night

The Queensland Trucking Industry’s night of nights was a resounding success last weekend with operators, suppliers and officials coming together at the QTA 23rd Annual Dinner and Awards Night to recognise the best achievements, programs, initiatives and people working in the road transport industry in Queensland.

Dignitaries included the Hon Scott Emerson MP, Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Neil Scales, Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads as well as Julie-Anne Schafer the Commissioner of National Transport Commission and Richard Hancock the CEO of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

With a star studded line up of guests and an entertaining night ahead the awards ceremony was eagerly awaited and well received by the strong crowd.

Award winners and awards:

Excellence in Driving


Professional Driver


Industry Safety


Industry Excellence


Young Achiever


People Leadership Excellence




Qld Trucking Woman of the Year


Excellence in Driving Winner: Darren Peach from  Simon National Carriers with Wayne Striplin, National Operations Manager - Strategix Training Group
Excellence in Driving
Winner: Darren Peach from Simon National Carriers with Wayne
Striplin, National Operations Manager – Strategix Training Group
Professional Driver
Winner: Neville Thacker with Mr Mark
Kelly, Dealer Principal – Trailer Sales
Qld Trucking Woman of the Year
Winner Karen Bow – WHSQ Transport Strategy Group and Andrew
Lock, Regional Branch Manager Brisbane & Toowoomba – Cummins South
Ross Fraser
Industry Safety
Winner: Frasers Livestock Transport represented by Ross Fraser
Young Achiever
Winner: Tegan McFarlane, Followmont Transport.
Industry Excellence
Winner: John King from Toll NQX



CVIAQ Members celebrate Apprentice Excellence at the CVIAQ Awards Night

Over 150 CVIAQ members, staff and invited guests gathered together at the XXXX Ale House, Milton on ThApprentice Nomineeswebursday 10th October to celebrate the achievements of some of the industry’s most talented apprentices at the 2013 CVIAQ Awards Night.

The event, in its format of a stand up cocktail style function, was well supported and well received by member companies and their staff. CVIAQ changed its Awards Night format in 2012 to attract a wider range of age groups to the event. The less formal style has ensured that tradesmen, apprentices and management all come along to support their colleagues who have been nominated for the awards.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement and presentation of the CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year Award. The 2013 award was won by Mr Sam Savva from Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane. Sponsors of the Awards, Mr Doug Warby from Warby Tools and Mr Peeter Liiv of National Transport Insurance were on stage to present the award to the winner and to say a few words in support of the competition. Sam Savva, a dual trade apprentice who has been signed off for a Certificate 3 Automotive Electrical Technology and is finalising his training in Certificate 3 Automotive Mechanical Technology, was presented with a trophy, a framed Award certificate, an Apple IPad and tools to the combined value of approximately $2,000.

Mr Iain Allison, Dealer Principal, Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane, gratefully accepted the CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year perpetual trophy from Mr Paul Armstrong, the 2012 Apprentice of the Year. The perpetual trophy was introduced in 2011 for the employer to display in their office reception or foyer for the 12 months between awards.

The CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year Award is an annual award open to apprentices in the final stages of their training from the heavy vehicle repair, service and manufacturing sectors. The award, now in its thirty second year, is held in high regard by industry.

The award recipients are:

2013 CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year

Savvakis (Sam) Savva – Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane

Certificate 3 Automotive Mechanical Technology Certificate 3 Automotive Electrical Technology

High Achievement Award

Byron Aylott – MTU Detroit Diesel / TORGAS Inc.

Certificate 3 Automotive Specialist

Certificate of Merit

Michael Reiner – The Brown & Hurley Group Pty Ltd

Certificate 3 Automotive Mechanical Technology

Harry Bryant – Brisbane Isuzu

Certificate 3 Automotive Mechanical Technology

Justin McCormack – Peak Engineering Transport Services Pty Ltd

Certificate 3 Automotive Manufacturing (Bus, Truck and Trailer)

Certificate of Recognition

Chris Huet – Scania Australia Pty Ltd

Certificate 3 Automotive Mechanical Technology

Matthew Hayes – Brisbane Isuzu

Certificate 3 Automotive Mechanical Technology



Frasers Livestock Transport win two out of seven Queensland Safe Work Awards

CaptureTransport company Warwick based Frasers Livestock Transport has won two Queensland Safe Work Awards and will now be eligible to represent Queensland  in next year’s national Safe Work Australia Awards.swa-2013winner

Queensland’s Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie, and Safety Ambassador, Mal Meninga announced the winners of the Queensland Safe Work Awards 2013 at a ceremony and where Frasers won Category 2 – Best solution to an identified work health and safety issue and Category 7 – Best individual contribution to work health and safety.

The entries selected as finalists demonstrated innovation, leadership, and a commitment to safety that is making workplaces healthier and safer.

Established in 1944, Frasers Livestock Transport developed from a single-truck operation to a state of the art fleet of 50 prime movers and 150 trailers. Frasers transports more than four million head of livestock and travels ten million kilometres across eastern Australia each year.

Cross-loading (transferring) cattle between trailers is considered one of the most dangerous activities along the cattle transport supply chain, exposing drivers to risks associated with working at heights, in confined spaces, in poor or no light, and with unpredictable livestock. Cross-loading involves reversing two trucks together, and the drivers climbing up the side of the cattle crate (a confined space that exposed the driver to live animals), standing on top of the crate and often inside the crate to move the cattle from one trailer to the next.

Frasers undertook extensive research to design, develop and custom build a cross-loading module that incorporates a series of elevated platforms, over-trailer walkways and sliding gates/barriers. The module removes the need for the driver to work within, climb or stand on the crate. This decreases the risks of falls, trips, and contact with livestock.

Frasers’ first cross-loading module has been a resounding success in terms of staff safety and productivity. Not only has the module created a safe working environment for drivers, but it also created time efficiencies which were seen as a major achievement by management and logistics staff.

Winners of categories 1-4 will represent Queensland in next year’s national Safe Work Australia Awards, competing against winners from all Australian state, territory, SeaCare and Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission awards.

Check out the YouTube video of a great transport company with safety top of mind.

Double win for NTI at Australian Insurance Industry Awards

National Transport Insurance (NTI) has been named both Small/Medium General Insurance Company of the Year and Claims Service Provider of the Year at the 2013 Australian Insurance Industry Awards.

The Awards, hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, acNTI Logo_with National Transport Insurance_HRknowledge the highest industry standards of excellence and professionalism.

The winners were announced at the Insurance Industry Awards Gala on Wednesday, August 14.

For over 40 years, NTI has been Australia’s leading heavy motor insurance specialist.  The company’s products and services have been designed specifically to meet the unique needs of Australian transport operators.

NTI’s CEO, Tony Clark, said the company was thrilled with the result.

“As a specialist, NTI is committed to providing strong, reliable and experienced support to our customers when they need us most,” Mr Clark said.

“I am extremely proud of the amazing work done by our people every day to help transport operators get back on the road faster.

“It’s humbling to work with such an incredible team.

“Thanks also to our intermediaries, customers and shareholders – this achievement would not have been possible without your ongoing support.”

The judges acknowledged NTI’s dedication to the transport industry, commitment to safety via the National Truck Accident Research Centre, focus on the customer experience and expert claims solution when presenting the awards.

Recognising the best at the Annual Australian Freight Industry Awards – nominate a deserving winner today!

The 24th Annual Australian Freight Industry Awards are being held on Saturday 7th September 2013 at the Palladium Ballroom  at the Melbourne Crown Casino Complex.Freight Awards

These awards recognise companies and individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make their work more innovative, efficient and safe.

Entering the Awards is a powerful demonstration that shows your organisation values employees and their contributions to your business.

Nominations Close next Friday 9th August so get in quick there is no cost to nominate and all you need to do is complete the entry form and a 500-1500 word summary.
The Australian Freight Industry Awards in 2013 will include the following six categories:

1. Investment in People Award
2. Best Practice Safety Award
3. Technology Award
4. Young Achiever of the Year Award
5. Business Sustainability Award
6. Personality of the Year


Nominations open for the 2013 CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Apprentice of the Year Awards.

TMAD D2 BTS 13_2688he Awards are open to apprentices of Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland member companies and their Queensland based branches that have or will be finalising their formal training in 2013.

Entrants must be nominated by their employer and their application will be assessed by a judging panel comprising of member and industry stakeholder representatives appointed by the CVIAQ.

Click here to access the nomination form. Nominations must be received at the CVIAQ office by Friday 23rd August 2013.

All Purpose Transport cleans up with awards at 2013 Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

Brisbane-based All Purpose Transport have made a substantial investment in their future by qualifying the entire APT workforce at a Certificate III or above.   The result has been the creation of one of Australia’s most qualified workforces and accolades at the 2013 Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Awards.

APT won the 2013 TLISC  Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award (Logistics and Warehousing) as well as a high commendations for Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award (Road Transport) and Return on Investment in Skills Award.

General Manager for All Purpose Transport Paul Kahlert claims the company has the most qualified workforce in the industry in Australia with each employee now reaching a qualification above a Certificate III.

“This project addressed our mantra that we’ve had in place at APT for decades.  We know that the Best People = Best Business and this is another step forward to recognise the skills of our people and establishing ourselves firmly as an Industry Employer of Choice,” Mr Kahlert said.

“Being the first transport company in Australia to reach this goal is a major achievement and we are delighted that we have been able to reach this incredible outcome together with our people.”

APT’s workforce consists of 80 employees and 180 owner-drivers, all of whom participated in this opportunity.  When asked if they wanted to participate, 100 per cent of the workforce responded positively.

APT is Queensland’s only true specialised transport solutions company bringing together refrigeration, heavy transport, taxi trucks, couriers, furniture transport and removal and warehousing.   And with that comes a management team with over 200 years of specialised transport knowledge.  Their client promise states that if APT clients have a transport or logistics issue, then they can have confidence the team would have seen it and solved it before.

“Everybody says they want to be the best, but we have every single driver and employee of All Purpose Transport Certificate III qualified or above in their specialised area… it’s about having both the will and the skill to stay ahead.  Project APT gives us both.

“As we are now moving from being a $30 million business to a $60 million business in the near future, we are positioning ourselves to attract and retain the best talent that is on offer.” Mr Kahlert says.

APT believes that Project APT was a great example of partnership between government and industry.

“We received incredible support from the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council with co-contributor funding from the federal government’s National Workforce Development Fund.  We also received on the ground planning and support from Transform, the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Body (Queensland) and quality training services from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE.” Mr Kahlert said.

Previous Director of Transform and Project Champion, Louise Perram-Fisk cannot speak highly enough of Project APT.  “All Purpose Transport have raised the bar in terms of quality and quantity of workforce development in this industry.  Transport and Logistics is a profession not only an industry, and having the most qualified fleet of drivers in Australia is certainly an outcome worthy of this award.”

Mr Kahlert summarises, “The program is a great outcome of what can be achieved when everyone works together.  We also want to share our experience with other industry employers and help them to join us in raising the professionalism of our vibrant and diverse industry.  Receiving this recognition from TLISC will help us to spread the message that our workforces are our most critical asset.”

Top achievers go back to back at Hino Dealer of the Year Awards

Steve Elliott, Dealer Principal of Bendigo Truck Centre (left) and Sci-Fleet Hino Dealer Principal Craig Andersson took out the 2012 Hino Dealer of the Year regional and metropolitan awards respectively, making it two wins in a row for both dealerships.

Hino Motor Sales Australia has named Brisbane-based Sci-Fleet Hino metropolitan dealer of the year and Bendigo Truck Centre regional dealer of the year for 2012, after each dealership took out the same title in 2011.

This marks the first time in Hino Australia’s history that the same two dealers have won the awards in consecutive years.

The metropolitan award was accepted by Sci-Fleet Hino Dealer Principal Craig Andersson. Steve Elliott, Dealer Principal of Bendigo Truck Centre, accepted the regional award.

Both awards were presented by Ken Sekine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hino Australia and Steve Lotter, President and Chief Operating Officer, at the official gala awards dinner in Sydney on Friday, 12 April.

Steve Lotter said that for Sci-Fleet and Bendigo Truck Centre to back up from last year’s win was a remarkable achievement in a year of improved truck sales.

“2012 was an encouraging sales year with a large number of customers returning to the market to replace fleets that were ageing prior to the global downturn,” Mr Lotter said.

“With a lot of trucks passing through the national Hino dealer network it’s a huge achievement to remain on top for a second year running, and indeed it’s the first time it’s been done in Hino Australia’s history.

“Hino Australia would like to congratulate all of the top achievers from 2012, and we look forward to their ongoing support throughout the rest of 2013 and beyond.”

Both Mr Andersson and Mr Elliott acknowledged the hard work and dedication of their staff in winning their awards.

“A dealership is only as strong as the dedicated staff who work hard to make sure the customer experience is the best it can be, so I accept this award on behalf of everyone at Sci-Fleet Hino,” Mr Andersson said.

“The quality and versatility of the Hino range make them ideal for just about any application, and innovations like the addition of a ProShift 6 automated manual transmission in 2012 just make them even better for our customers,” Mr Elliott said.

The annual Hino dealer of the year awards recognise a number of qualitative and quantitative contributions Australian dealers and their staff make to the success of the Hino franchise each year.

These include sales, service and spare-parts delivery performance, and achieving a number of customer-service oriented criteria set by Hino Australia.

Gold, silver and bronze awards were also presented across three different categories – Sales Excellence, Parts Excellence and Service Excellence. A number of individual sales achievements were also recognised.

Four individual dealerships received long service awards, ranging from 10 years up to 25 years’ association with the Hino brand.

Mr Lotter said the Hino dealer network was well primed for 2013, and set to substantially grow sales across all truck and bus segments throughout the year.

“We saw sales volumes grow 26.5 per cent in 2012 over the previous year to a market share of 15.5 per cent, up from 13.6 per cent,” he said.

“We’re cautiously optimistic for another strong year in 2013, and our dealers’ commitment to customer service and delivering on one of Hino’s core values of exceeding expectations will help us achieve that.”

The presentation took place at Doltone House in Sydney and was attended by staff from dealerships around the country, Hino Australia staff, as well as Yoshio Shirai, President of Hino Motors Ltd Japan and Shin Nakamura, General Manager Asia Oceania Division.




NUMBER ONE SALES VOLUME: WA Hino Sales and Service


SALES EXCELLENCE (METRO): GOLD – WA Hino Sales and Service, SILVER – Newcastle Hino, BRONZE – Prestige Hino

SALES EXCELLENCE (REGIONAL): GOLD – Bunbury Hino, SILVER – Vanderfield Hino Darwin, BRONZE – Hi Way 1

PARTS EXCELLENCE (METRO): GOLD – Sci-Fleet Hino, SILVER – CMI Hino Adelaide, BRONZE – WA Hino Sales and Service

PARTS EXCELLENCE (REGIONAL): GOLD – Carlisle Hino, SILVER – Vanderfield Hino Toowoomba, BRONZE – Bendigo Truck Centre

SERVICE EXCELLENCE (METRO): GOLD – Prestige Hino, SILVER – CMI Hino Adelaide, BRONZE – Sci-Fleet Hino

SERVICE EXCELLENCE (REGIONAL): GOLD – Vanderfield Hino Lismore, SILVER – Pacific Hino, BRONZE – Vanderfield Hino Toowoomba