all care and no responsibility

All Care and No Responsibility

The power dynamic between parties in the supply chain is always an important factor and the ‘all care and no responsibility’ attitude of the stevedores in the main ports in Australia illustrates this point very well. Now the situation has come to the attention of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in the latest Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report. Read more

dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century

Dragged Kicking and Screaming into the 21st Century

Whether we like it or not it is pretty clear that in the future the Australian trucking industry will be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, in terms of low carbon transport. In the absence of a clear climate change policy from governments around Australia, industry has dragged its feet in reducing carbon emissions, but technology, globally, moves ahead. Read more

not doing enough about the skills shortage

Not Doing Enough About the Skills Shortage

At a time when our industry is in dire need of skilled young people, it has been revealed the government is not doing enough about the skills shortage. A report published by the Department of Education has informed us that it has underspent on its key budget items around supporting the skilled trades. Read more

the gender debate in trucking

The Gender Debate in Trucking

In the last couple of weeks Diesel News has been concentrating on the gender debate in trucking. This week’s contribution comes from Leanne Kelly, who is currently working as a truck driver for an operator in South East Queensland.  Read more

gender issues in trucking

Gender Issues in Trucking

This week our discussion on gender issues in trucking continues with a response from Urszula Kelly, Managing Director UC Logistics in Perth.  Read more

the trucking industry to become genuinely inclusive

The Trucking Industry to Become Genuinely Inclusive?

Look around many transport companies and the sign on the door could easily read, ‘White Males Only’, it is going to be a long wait for the trucking industry to become genuinely inclusive. This is unfortunate, but it is true. The level of inclusivity in the trucking industry is extremely low, and has been for a long time. Diesel News visited this topic two years ago and we can repeat this article because not much has changed. Read more

how serious are we about fuel economy?

How Serious Are We about Fuel Economy?

This is a question which pops up regularly, how serious are we about fuel economy? When looking back at opinion pieces I have written over the years this same question has come back many times. Read more

prospects for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Prospects for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

It was just over five years ago when the prospects for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to become a national regulator for the road transport industry looked a bit slim. It was not a major crisis at the time, but it could have become one if the trucking industry hadn’t co-operated with and aid the then fledgling regulator to get up and running. Read more

the war between caravans and trucks

The War Between Caravans and Trucks

It has been going on for sometime, but the war between caravans and trucks seems to be continuing, as it always has. However there is some light at the end of the tunnel, there is an initiative being organised by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Caravanning Industry Association of Australia to try and improve relations between the two competing groups. Read more