This week Diesel News is featuring stories about a Top Apprentice, Telematics, Payment Times and SA Access.
A survey into the trucking industry’s use of telematics shows 94 per cent of operators surveyed plan to invest heavily in hardware and technologies for their business in the next year. The figures come from the 2017 Telematics Benchmark Report: Australian Transport Edition survey published by Teletrac Navman. Read more
A pilot fitting regime may see turntables leading the way to reform and could become the basis for a new national modifications scheme. Modification code of practice Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6, or VSB6, has been undergoing a comprehensive review to bring it in line with current methodology and technology. Read more
In September, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) was concentrating on fatigue with Operation Wake-Up. It included officers from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and even Western Australia, plus three police agencies, working with NHVR to validate the National Camera Network and the National Information System. For the first time, officers could see the movement of trucks across the country. Read more
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is trying to get information out about next year’s changes to chain of responsibility legislation to each component in the chain, including drivers, owner-drivers and small operators subcontracting to the bigger operators. In the first of a two-part guide, Diesel went along to a session to find out more. Read more
With South Australia now having NHVR roadside enforcement, to be closely followed by Tasmania, the picture of regulation of trucking in Australia is rapidly changing. More surprising, has been the decision by NSW’s Roads and Maritime Services to transition across to an National Heavy Vehicle Regulator-run enforcement arm.
“About ninety per cent of what South Australia does is now with us, “ explains Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “On-road inspectors, on-road enforcement, Safe-T-Cam, information services, investigation and prosecution services is now under the NHVR. We are really excited about it. We’ve gone from 15 to 22 inspectors in the state. This starts to enact what the ministers had in their vision back in 2009, a single regulator.
“Tasmania has also kicked off and is now in the full process of transitioning across to NHVR control. We are hoping by October 2018, Tasmania will have transitioned. Then, realistically, in the next two years New South Wales will have transitioned all of their functions to us.
“If you look three years out, by then South Australia, NSW, Tasmania and ACT will all be under the functions of the single regulator. Victoria and Queensland are supportive of transition progressing, but are waiting to see how the process goes for the other states. I expect them to be transitioned across in three years time.”
This is a major advance forward for NHVR and the first real sign of the possibility of a single entity for trucking to deal with in a large chunk of Australia. There will be roadside enforcement officers in NHVR uniforms with a more consistent approach in several states, including the busiest, NSW.
“The Director General and CEO of the RMS said to me, ‘we support the regulator, we want to start the transition’,” says Sal. “The first time they told me, I had to get them to repeat it, but they have reaffirmed they are genuine. They have had a full briefing with all of their inspectors. It’s early days, there’s a working group. It’s real, we pinched ourselves a couple of times and reread the letter. It’s exciting, when we have the largest jurisdiction saying they are committed, it’s a reassurance we are starting to do something well.”
Having actual bodies on the ground is likely to be strongest signal from NHVR to demonstrate the move towards a national approach to regulation. It will be tangible evidence the paradigm has changed for trucking and its often tetchy relationship with enforcement.
For those who need to apply for permits in large numbers, there is also going to be more tangible evidence of change as the access permit system moves more and more across to the centrally controlled model.
“The access system is looking really good,” reckons Sal. “Industry’s adapted to it quite well and road managers are starting to see the benefit of an online system. In 2018 we will start to see the full application of the system, including bringing all of the permit functions still being done by the states back into the regulator. The regulator will be the front door, we do the initial assessment. Then we send it to the road managers for their assessment. They send it back to us and we issue the permit.
“We also expect the enactment of the new Chain of Responsibility legislation in the middle of 2018, subject to the outcomes of the Queensland election.
“When you look at all of those together, the return of delegations, implementing a new system, transition of functions, establishment of the regulator in South Australia and Tasmania, plus active participation in NSW, plus rolling out CoR, already, you’ve got a pretty big program of work happening.”
In the lead-up to the introduction of new Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations in July next year, the trucking industry needs to be sure it is getting it right. Diesel News runs through the basics, which operators need to be sure of going into operation on a daily basis. Read more
This week the news has included NSW Independence, Overcharging and Freight Restrictions, as well as a revamped Access Portal, all here in Diesel News.
Road Freight NSW has announced it will become an independent organisation from January 1 2018. It is currently a subsidiary of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), after beginning as ATA NSW in 2007. Road Freight NSW says it will now work independently to campaign on policies affecting the NSW transport sector, primarily heavy vehicle safety, the regulatory regimes stifling business growth and the unwarranted surcharges, like stevedores’ port taxes, being imposed on carriers. Read more
Diesel News is looking at progress on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator project, which is destined to take a long time to reach fruition.
The trucking industry has had to wait a long time to see even the glimmer of a rational national regulatory system for heavy vehicles across the country. The many years of competing state legislation creating nightmares for interstate operators and filling the revenue coffers with unwarranted fines are, hopefully, now behind us. Read more
If there is one thing we can see every day in our industry, it is how people have a genuine passion for their job, or their truck. It’s difficult to work out where this passion might come from, and the people who are passionate about their job will also give you chapter and verse of everything that is wrong with the industry.Read more
In the past, the chain of responsibility (CoR) has been seen as a way for big operators to pass the buck. Now, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is trying to get information out about next year’s changes to CoR legislation to each component in the chain, including drivers, owner-drivers and small operators subcontracting to the bigger operators. In the first of a two-part guide, Diesel News went along to a session to find out more. Read more