bad news, good news, bad news

Bad News, Good News, Bad News

This year, 2020, isn’t quite all bad news, but it feels like there is a negative slant on just about all we hear, it’s like bad news, good news, bad news, just when you’re feeling optimistic, something happens to bring the mood right down again.

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border confusion continues, again

Border Confusion Continues, Again

We are in a situation, with the which the trucking industry is more than familiar, as the border confusion continues, again, demonstrating, once again, an issue which plagues our industry in its relationship with the authorities. Read more

repeating the same mistakes

Repeating the Same Mistakes

I have been in the trucking industry for quite a long time and I am getting used to watching the industry, its representatives and those who control our destiny repeating the same mistakes which didn’t work last time or the time before.  Read more

you can’t take your eye off the ball

You Can’t Take Your Eye Off the Ball

When there is a lot going on, in the middle of a major crisis, the level of effort needed to keep things moving in the right direction gets higher and you can’t take your eye off the ball for a moment.  Read more

trucking and responsibility

Trucking and Responsibility

The two words, trucking and responsibility have not always gone together well. There have been times in our wilder periods of the past where the sense of a duty of responsibility was lost among many other priorities which either we or others imposed on ourselves. Read more

an opportunity presented to the trucking industry

An Opportunity Presented to the Trucking Industry

The release of a Regulatory Impact Statement by the National Transport Commission setting out the options for the new Heavy Vehicle National Law is, for once in a generation, an opportunity presented to the trucking industry to get out of the old 1970s thinking around trucking regulation and a chance to join a new world of 21st century trucking. Read more

thank our lucky stars

Thank Our Lucky Stars

We sort of know that we do live in the ‘lucky country’, but sometimes we also lose sight of how many benefits there are to living and working in a country like Australia and forget to thank our lucky stars.  Read more

has PBS delivered on its promise?

Has PBS Delivered on its Promise?

This week the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) announced the milestone of 10,000 innovative heavy vehicle combinations hitting Australian roads under the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme, but has PBS delivered on its promise? Read more

tinkering at the edges

Tinkering at the Edges

The trucking industry is grateful for anything it can get at the moment, some are doing it very tough, some are busy, but everyone knows we are in a recession, and the number of freight movements will fall, but is now the time to be tinkering at the edges or looking at some real wholesale reform? The answer always has to be the latter for the trucking industry.

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the drip, drip, drip of progress

The Drip, Drip, Drip of Progress

It has been a long time coming but we seem to be seeing the drip, drip, drip of progress coming to fruition around the country. Every month there is one small improvement in the way the trucking industry is regulated, or in the access to high productivity vehicles, or in the commonality of the rules for truckies travelling from one state to the other. Read more