The chain of responsibility regulations are, generally, regarded by many in the industry as a positive and, if applied correctly, a force for good, but not for a chain of fools. It appears other arms of government and and those who administer the law in other areas of governance are neither informed or care about the CoR and its overall implications.
If the powers that be really wanted to know how to make life easier for truckies on the highway, they would ask the bloody question. Of course, asking the question might get you the wrong result, you might find out what the problem really is.
The ability of the Australian economy to be able to prepare for disaster has come into focus this week with the events playing out in Townsville. The discussion, in this particular case, is around when and at what flooding levels the floodgates should have been opened.
The awards announced in the Australia Day Honours this year have brought women to the fore from the road transport industry. In an industry dominated by the male of the species, two women have persevered through the years to represent the trucking industry and its best interests.
If you read about the issues which were coming up in this column a year ago, then anyone looking for real change will be severely disappointed. The problem sseem to be eternal, it all changes and remains the same.
I sometimes wonder whether we are all getting caught up in a lot of high technology hype, getting carried away with autonomous electric trucks et al. Every day there is some new electric or fuel cell truck, a new technology is going to revolutionise trucks and trucking overnight.
After twenty years of CoR we are finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Another stepping stone has appeared this week, as the trucking industry and its regulators set about changing the world one piece at a time. The latest piece in the jigsaw which will see, on completion, rational regulation of the trucking industry, is the Master Industry Code of Practice.
This week the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are promising improved targeting by law enforcement of compliance activities as a result of the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy, published earlier in the week.
A criticism of the trucking industry is often that not enough of the people working in the industry are doing the right thing. One person who has been doing the right thing and has often been a lone voice in the wilderness, is Rod Hannifey.
Sometimes it feels like the trucking industry is reaching a tipping point. In fact, it feels like that quite often, but the change may or may not be a quantum shift or a positive one for road transport.