global driver shortage

Global Driver Shortage

While we talk a lot about the lack of quality drivers in Australia, we need to understand that. in fact, there is a global driver shortage. This is demonstrated by a recent discussion in which I was involved. Read more

a technological solution to fatigue

A Technological Solution to Fatigue

There is a lot of talk about how a technological solution to fatigue is both possible and effective. There is also a very large group of people in the industry who will resist any attempt to mandate any such technology. Read more

how far can driver surveillance go?

How Far Can Driver Surveillance Go?

The number of safety systems running in truck cabs is reaching a point where we have to ask the question about how far can driver surveillance go? Or, more precisely, what are the regulations and legal rights around monitoring an employee’s every move when they are doing their job. Read more

speak up for smaller operators

Speak Up for Smaller Operators

From the evidence of a few events recently it seems we need to think about the need to speak up for smaller operators. The fact of the matter is that the small companies predominate in the trucking industry, but when it comes to big picture decision making, this group have very little say in what is going on. Read more

finally tackling a long standing problem

Finally Tackling a Long Standing Problem

We have to commend the people at Transport for NSW for finally tackling a long standing problem with the announcement of a pilot scheme of fining tourists parking in allotted truck parking places. This has only been a problem for time immemorial, but at least someone has woken up to the issue. Read more

reaching the bushfire tipping point

Reaching the Bushfire Tipping Point

There is nothing like a calamity to clear the mind and it may well be that Australia may be reaching the bushfire tipping point. But don’t hold your breath (although you may need to if you have been in smoky Melbourne this week)! Read more

a Happy Rational Christmas present

A Happy Rational Christmas Present

The latest publication from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator could turn out to be a Happy Rational Christmas present for the trucking industry if we engage with the proposals and ensure they are able to be implemented. Read more

will Australia get left behind?

Will Australia Get Left Behind?

There have been a growing number of stories and releases about new truck technology, but should we be concerned and will Australia get left behind? While new technology is being driven elsewhere by legislation ours lags well behind the latest technology. Read more

why is it always NSW

Why is it Always NSW?

We try and be fair and not single out individuals when there is a problem, but when it comes to roadside enforcement and unfair punishments being meted out, why is it always NSW we have to talk about? Read more