Well it is all over, the Coalition Government has been returned to power and now the transport industry can get back to business as usual. Or so it thinks. For the trucking industry, there were concerns about the return of some form of RSRT, although in recent speeches, Labor’s Senator Glenn Sterle had been working hard to allay fears of a return to the chaotic scenes during the last Labor government.
On the evidence of the latest release by the National Transport Commission, many in trucking could be ploughing through fatigue issues for some time if they want to influence the reformed Heavy Vehicle National Law. The second of eight issues papers has been released this week and amounts to 56 pages of dense data to plough through to grasp the NTC’s intentions.
It is being described as a once in a generation occurrence, the trucking industry has the chance of a lifetime to get the rules to align with reality in trucking. What’s concerning is this chance has come our way and there’s not much in the way of taking up of that opportunity, so far.
Unlike all of the first world trucking industries, Australia has no prospect of seeing government cutting carbon in trucking. In fact, the Australian Federal Government has delayed the introduction of ADR 80/04 to the point where it is about to become irrelevant.
It’s the run-up to a federal election, so promises, promises, promises are what we hear all of the time. The pollies are going around being everybody’s friend and appearing supportive of anyone with a vote.
The next few weeks in the lead up to the Federal Election are probably going to demonstrate to all of us, what an electoral irrelevance we, in the trucking industry, are. The news channels will be raging with claim and counter-claim, untruths and lies.
When looking at the typical car driver’s fear on the road around trucks, it seems the problem is truck drivers are like spiders. Many people know very little about spiders, but have a genuine dread of them and get frightened around them.
With the announcement of a Productivity Commission review of the economic impact of transport regulation reforms, the searchlight turns onto the trucking industry. The Productivity Commission (PC) is a powerful voice and one that governments listen to and whose evidence they use to develop policy.
When I used to drive trucks for a living, this time of year was always stressful, as we come into the dreaded Easter period. This was a period of at least two weeks where, if something went wrong, it would go badly wrong.
The award of the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian to Brendon Gilbert saw a deserving recipient receive a well-deserved award, but also brought to light yet another social media attack on truckies. Even as Brendon was performing CPR at the roadside, there were idiots online talking absolute rubbish about his truck crashing into the motorbike.