This week has seen the release of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into National Transport Regulatory Reform, looking into the effectiveness of reform and where it should prioritise in the future. Read more
The answer to the question would have invariably been no, in the past, when enquiring as to whether trucking has friends in Parliament? However, that looks to be about to change after the formation of the Parliamentary Friends of Trucks, Trailers, Transport and Logistics (PFTTTL) this week. Read more
According to the Australian Trucking Association it is in broad agreement with views expressed at the National Transport Commission’s Brisbane workshop on access, that access legislation does not need reform. The problem lies in the way regulations are being enforced. Read more
The release of the 2019 Infrastructure Australia Audit, called ‘An Assessment of Australia’s Future Infrastructure Needs’ has identified increasing challenges for road freight, including agricultural, regional, urban and non-bulk freight as well as poor planning and congestion, and poor maintenance and limited capacity in regional areas. Read more
The government is being urged to get serious about adapting the road user charge in the light of the expected growth in electric vehicles. Read more
Bruce McIver, has been recognised in Birthday Honours by the Queen and been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to politics and the road transport industry.
A research project by a government agency into heavy vehicle dimensions sees Austroads ignoring informed advice. The project has neglected to take into account the findings of the expert panel inquiry into national freight and supply chain priorities.
The reception the latest truck accident figures received last week in the media is a timely reminder of how important it is to do the research and then use that research wisely in getting behaviour or policy change.
Silverdale Sand and Soil’s Brendon Gilbert has received the recognition of the Australian Trucking Industry, being named as the latest highway hero honoured as a Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian for coming to the aid of a motorcyclist who had a medical episode on one of Sydney’s busiest corridors.