ALRTA News – 18 August 2017

DEAN CLARKE WINS 2017 SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD

The recipient of the 2017 NHVR – ALRTA Safety Innovation Award is Dean Clarke from Hopkins Transport in New South Wales.

The NHVR-ALRTA Safety Innovation Award is a joint Government-Industry initiative that recognised  rural road transport operators who have identified Heavy Vehicle National Law related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

Dean received a $5,000 safety development fund co-funded by BP and the NHVR to encourage both individual and organisational continuous improvement in relation to safety.


Photo: Winner – Dean Clarke (middle) with Geoff Casey-NHVR (second from right), Kevin Keenan-ALRTA (second from left), Jaimin Piggott (right) and Jean Claude Estelle (left) from BP Australia.

ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan said that Dean has won this award because he has taken a proactive approach to safety and has made a significant difference in the way his organisation operates.

“He has instilled an emphasis on correctly and consistently performing safe operating procedures through the roll out of an organisation-wide program at Hopkins Transport,” said Mr Keenan.

Dean will use the prize of a $5,000 development fund (co-funded by BP) to undertake a psychology course which will better equip him to roll-out his program even further.

“The psychology course would help me to train drivers better by being able to tap into the different motivations of individual drivers and relate on a more meaningful level,” said Mr Clarke.

“I am very pleased to receive this award, it has motivated me to continue to find ways to improve safety in my organisation.”

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto says that safety is paramount to the NHVR and this award was one way to recognise that.

“Our goal is to encourage operators to do everything they can to have the appropriate safety procedures in place. Judging by the interest in this award, that goal appears to be on track.

“We are delighted to see that ALRTA members such as Dean Clarke and the industry in general are thinking safety first,” Mr Petroccitto said.

The award was announced at the LRTAV Conference on 11 August 2017 in Torquay, Victoria.

 

ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Eighteen ALRTA state association representatives and observers attended the ALRTA National Council meeting and Annual General Meeting in Torquay, Victoria on 10 August 2017.

Some of the topics discussed included:

  • ALRTA Building:  A tenant has been secured on a 3 year lease.  Income will be used to offset the rent payable on our new office.
  • Partnership Proposal: Council approved in principle a new partnership with a trade supplier that will provide benefits directly to grass-roots members.  Look out for more news soon.
  • National Conference: New financial arrangements were agreed to support the host of the joint state-national conference.
  • Effluent: Council endorsed proposed changes to the load restraint guide as well as a sustainable funding model for the installation of roadside infrastructure.
  • User-Pay Frame Project: The proposed research methodology was thoroughly discussed.
  • Fatigue: Council endorsed proposed work and rest hours for a new AFM template that may enable recognition of fatigue systems across the WA border.
  • ALRTA Priorities:  All member states and chapters proposed policy priorities for 2017-18.

The ALRTA National Council will next meet in Canberra on 3 November 2017.

 

ALRTA MEMBER CHAPTER

The ALRTA Large and National Operators Chapter met via teleconference on 9 August 2017 to discuss the papers for the ALRTA National Council Meeting.  The Chapter was represented at the ALRTA Council Meeting by Sam O’Sullivan and Jason Thornhill.

 

HEAVY VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS

ALRTA National Partner, King Bars, advises members that heavy vehicle modification standards are changing.

The changes will occur when version 3 of Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VDB6): National Code of Practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications comes into force on 1 September 2017.

It will now be more important than ever to ensure that your bulbar provider can meet the new requirements front underrun protection device approval, installation and certification.

Members can access a factsheet on the changes kindly provided by King Bars.

 

TRUCKSAFE: ANIMAL WELFARE MODULE

TruckCare is now known as TruckSafe: Animal Welfare Module.

The new name was launched this week at the South Eastern Livestock Exchange (SELX) near Yass, NSW.   Dignitaries speaking at the event included ATA CEO Ben Maguire, LBRCA President Linley Miners, TruckSafe Director Graham Emery and SELX Manager Rod Bourlet.


 Photo: LBRCA President Linley Miners

To celebrate the launch, TruckSafe and LBRCA announced that LBRCA Young Driver of the Year, Reggie Sutton, will enter the accreditation system as an ambassador for the next 12 months.

The Animal Welfare Module, which is unique to TruckSafe, is the voluntary sixth step in the process to gaining full accreditation. The first five standards are:

  • Management
  • Maintenance
  • Training
  • On-road Compliance
  • Fitness for Duty and Driver Health

Being part of the Animal Welfare Module will not only enable your business to demonstrate compliance with all legal requirements, it will also signals to customers and the community that you are striving to achieve best practice in livestock carriage.

Click here for more information on TruckSafe.

 

CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY FORUMS

Chain of responsibility (CoR) laws will change from July 2018.  Your business must be ready.

The NHVR has announced that 26 CoR forums will be held across Australia in October 2017. We will alert you to dates and venues when the information is available.

 

LRTAV ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The ALRTA National President and Executive Director attended the LRTAV Annual Conference in Torquay, Victoria 11-12 August 2017.

The program kicked off of Friday with nine holes of golf on the rather challenging course at the RACV Resort.  You can’t beat the view from the rooms or the course!  On Friday afternoon delegates heard about chain of responsibility changes, eye tracking technology, workplace health and safety, TruckSafe, user-pay frames, braking, charging and fatigue.

The Saturday session was opened by the Victorian State Member for South-West Coast, Roma Britnell MP – a dairy farmer from Woolsthorpe who clearly understands the needs of rural and regional Victorians.   Over the day delegates heard presentations on effluent management, Q fever, electronic livestock tags before breaking into groups to discuss livestock, bulk and regional issues.

The social scene was great too with dinners, auctions, awards and of course casual catchups around the trade booths and bar.  ALRTA congratulates the outstanding award winners:

  • Shane Knight Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry:  MC Herd
  • Young Driver of the Year: Neil Winslade (O’Sullivan’s)
  • ·ALRTA-NHVR Safety Innovation Award: Dean Clarke (Hopkins Transport – NSW)

ELECTION RESULTS: LRTAV AGM

The ALRTA congratulates the following office bearers re-elected at the LRTAV AGM on 12 August 2017:

  • President: Graham Howell
  • Vice President: David Rogers
  • Vice President: John Beer
  • Treasurer: Trevor Fry
  • Secretary: Peter Sheils
  • Immediate Past President: Mick Debenham

 

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ALRTA News – 11 August 2017

NTI LAUNCHES INITIATIVE IN SUPPORT OF MOTOR NEURON DISEASE

Long time ALRTA partner, the National Transport Insurance (NTI) has recently embarked on a new initiative, bringing together members of the transport industry and community, to support the MND and Me Foundation in raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

NTI is restoring a 1946 International Model K5 Rigid Truck, to be raffled in September, with 100% of proceeds going directly to the MND and Me Foundation.

To purchase raffle tickets online:
https://www.rafflelink.com.au/mndandme

More about the restoration project: http://truckrestoration.nti.com.au/

More about MND & Me Foundation: http://www.mndandme.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MNDFoundation/

More about NTI:
Website: http://www.nti.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NTIAustralia/

MANDATE TRUCK, TRAILER STABILITY CONTROL TO SAVE LIVES

The Australian Government should require new trucks and trailers to be fitted with stability control technology and should do it fast.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) made the call today.

The Chair of the ATA, Geoff Crouch, said electronic stability control is a vehicle safety system that monitors the stability and sideways acceleration of a heavy vehicle, and kicks in to brake the vehicle if it detects a rollover starting.

“It’s a vital safety technology and should be mandatory for new trucks and trailers,” Mr Crouch said.

The President of the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of South Australia, David Smith, said that mandatory stability control was in the best interests of the trucking industry, including rural operators.

“For us, adverse conditions are an everyday occurrence. Our gear cops an absolute pounding from rutted roads, stones and sticks along with the dust that gets into absolutely everything,” Mr Smith said.

“While running costs are always higher in these environments, there are still net benefits for operators who install the latest generation of stability control systems.

“Modern stability control systems can react far quicker than even the most experienced driver and most operators would be surprised to learn just how close they have come to a rollover,” he said.

The associations have put forward a package of technical recommendations to the Australian Government to ensure the technology will work across Australia’s harsh conditions.

“Notably, we consider that all new prime movers must be required to supply 24V to their trailers,” Mr Crouch said.

“There is no international standard for multivolt stability control plugs and sockets. For a stability control requirement to work, Australia has to standardise on one voltage. 24V is the way to go for performance reasons. It’s also needed to support evolving technologies like autonomous braking,” he said.

Mr Smith said converter dollies should be excluded from the mandatory stability control requirement, and that drivers should be able to turn off stability control at low speed.

“Considering the type of roads some trucks have to cover, an option to temporarily disable the system to deal with difficult situations at low speed is a must,” Mr Smith said.

TECHNICAL RECOMMENDATIONS ON STABILITY CONTROL

1. Stability control must be mandatory for all new trucks and new trailer types except converter dollies.

2. Converter dollies must be exempt from the requirement to fit load sensing, ABS or stability control, similar to the current exemption in ADR38/04.

3. The requirement that converter dollies have ‘through’ wiring must be retained.

4. ADR35 and ADR38 must include a provision for an off-switch so that stability control can be temporarily disabled. Stability control should automatically re-engage at key on or at speeds above 40km/h.

5. All new trucks must be required to supply 24V to trailers. This should not be taken as preventing trucks from additionally supplying 12V or any other voltage.

WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD

The winner of the award will be announced at the LRTAV conference dinner on 11 August 2017 in Torquay, Victoria.

The NHVR-ALRTA Safety Innovation Award is a joint Government-Industry initiative that recognised  rural road transport operators who have identified Heavy Vehicle National Law related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

The winner will receive a $5,000 safety development fund co-funded by BP and the NHVR to encourage both individual and organisational continuous improvement in relation to safety.

We will be publishing the results in ALRTA News next week.

ALRTA MEETINGS

There were several important ALRTA meetings held this week, including:

  • National Operators Member Chapter;
  • National Council; and
  • Annual General Meeting.

More news on the issues discussed next week.

ELECTION RESULTS: ALRTA AGM

Members are advised of the election results of the ALRTA AGM on 10 August 2017.
Our National Executive is:

  • National President: Kevin Keenan (LRTAV)
  • Vice President: Stephen Marley (LRTAWA)
  • Vice President: Scott McDonald (LBRCA)
  • Treasurer: Ron Pattel (LRTAQ)
  • Secretary: John Beer (LRTAV)
  • ATA Representative: David Smith (LRTASA)
  • Immediate Past President: Grant Robins (LRTAWA)

As per the ALRTA Constitution, the one-year term of each elected representative will commence on 1 October 2017.

ALRTA ANNOUNCES PRIORITIES FOR 2017-18

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has announced the key industry priorities for 2017-18.

The priorities were determined at a meeting of the ALRTA National Council in Torquay Victoria on 10 August 2017.  The top three priority issues are:

  1. Effluent;
  2. Heavy vehicle charging; and
  3. Establishing a national standard for low-volume road access.

ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan, said that while progress has been made on many fronts, there is still plenty of work to do.

LRTAV CONFERENCE

The ALRTA President and Executive Director are attending the LRTAV Conference this week 11-12 August 2017 at the RACV Resort in Torquay.

More news next week.

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ALRTA News – 4 August 2017

ALRTA-NHVR SAFETY AWARD FINALISTS 

The NHVR-ALRTA Safety Innovation Award is a joint Government-Industry initiative that recognises and rewards rural road transport operators who have identified Heavy Vehicle National Law related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

ALRTA President Kevin Keenan said that the national award highlights the shared interest of government and industry in improving safety and compliance generally, and encourages a proactive approach to safety across the rural road transport sector.

“We have had applicants from NSW, WA, SA, QLD and VIC. The great national representation illustrates a culture shift around the country towards identifying and addressing particular safety risks in their business,” said Mr Keenan.

“These finalists have identified a safety risk in their business and have implemented an innovation measure to combat this risk. We have seen some impressive results from such innovations and significant improvements to safety overall.

“The ALRTA provides support to our members through our state associations to ensure they are kept informed of any new legal standards and industry best practice. It is encouraging to see that operators are proactively adjusting their approach to risk management as the standards change.”

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto says that safety is paramount to the NHVR.

“We want to encourage all operators to be proactive and responsible in doing everything they can to have the appropriate safety procedures in place.

“We are delighted to see that ALRTA members and the industry in general is embracing this philosophy,” Mr Petroccitto said.

The winner will receive a $5,000 safety development fund to encourage both individual and organisational continuous improvement in relation to safety. They will also be nationally recognised as the first recipient of the award and a plaque will be awarded to both the winner and their transport business.

The award will be announced at the LRTAV Conference 11 August 2017 in Torquay, Victoria.

The finalists for the 2017 ALRTA/NHVR Safety Innovation Award:

Athol Carter, Frasers Transport, QLD
Undertook a complete organisational safety review and implemented processes and training to improve operations where safety improvement opportunities were identified.

Dean Clarke, Hopkins Transport, NSW
Instilled an emphasis on correctly and consistently performing safe operating procedures through the roll out of an organisation-wide program.

Graeme Hoare, Martin Group, NSW
Introduced lower speeds set in speed limiter and GPS based alert system for speeding. Achieved 90% less speed occurrence since introduction of new systems.

Marcus Watson, Marley’s Transport, WA
Installed seeing machines to fleet vehicles identified as high risk. This influenced safer driving behaviour and reduced driver fatigue and loss of concentration on the road.

Peter Callanan, Shanahan’s Livestock Transport, VIC
Improved carrier-customer communications and expectations to more safely and better manage livestock loads and driver rest.
Ron Harvey, Dennis Transport, SA
Undertook extensive review into safety risks to improve safety procedures. Introduced measures to counter identified risks such as live fatigue feeds, GPS vehicle tracking, speed controls and safety refresher training.

 

LIVESTOCK AND RURAL OPERATORS GROUP

The ALRTA-NHVR Livestock and Rural Industry Operators Group met in Brisbane this week.  The group meets twice annually and membership includes the ALRTA President, Vice President and Executive Director, plus the Presidents of each of our six State Associations.

The IOG meetings are our best opportunity to discuss important issues in the presence of NHVR senior management and operational staff.  The NHVR CEO was present for most of the meeting which really helps to drive outcomes.

Major topics of discussion included: effluent, fatigue, local access, permits, the NHVR portal and National Harmonisation Project.

 

ALRTA-NHVR FORMALISE USER-PAY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

While ALRTA was in Brisbane meeting with NHVR we took the opportunity to formally sign the NHVR Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative Funding Agreement that will enable us to carry out our user-pay PAL frame project over 2017-18.



Above: ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan, and NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, sign the grant contract and discuss loading frames

 

CHANGES TO FUEL TAX CREDITS

From 1 August 2017, fuel tax credit rates increased for fuel acquired in line with fuel excise duty rate changes. Rates also changed on 1 July 2017 due to a reduction in the road user charge and an annual increase to excise duty rates on biofuels.

You can find the new rates here.

There are tools to assist calculating and claiming fuel tax credits:

  • Use the fuel tax credit calculator online or in the ATO app to save time. It will be updated with the new rates for August once they are in effect.
  • For businesses that claim less than $10,000 in fuel tax credits each year, use simplified ways to calculate fuel tax credit claims and keep records.

TRUCKCARE REBRANDED

TruckSafe, which is managed by the Australian Trucking Association, is changing the name of the TruckCare module to the Animal Welfare Module. The new name is being celebrated at a launch in Yass, NSW, on Tuesday 15 August.  Operators, media and other interested persons are invited to attend.

“The new name reflects the focus of this module,” said TruckSafe National Manager, Justin Fleming. “This module is all about animal welfare and is a quality and safety management system for livestock transport businesses, big and small alike. Accreditation by operators shows their commitment to industry best practice and their clients in all aspects of their business”.

The Animal Welfare Module, which is unique to TruckSafe, is the voluntary sixth step in the process to gaining full accreditation. To gain accreditation, TruckSafe members must first become accredited in the first five standards. These standards are:

  • Management
  • Maintenance
  • Training
  • On-road Compliance
  • Fitness for Duty and Driver Health

“Operators who have Animal Welfare accreditation will adhere to the strictest conditions for transporting animals and are operating at the highest standard possible in Australia. These operators have gone the extra mile to adopt a management system that assures their clients that procedures for transporting livestock exceed national minimum standards,” said Mr Fleming.

David Rogers, owner of DT Rogers Bulk and Livestock Transport, has been Trucksafe accredited since 1998 and gained Animal Welfare accreditation four years ago.

“Trucksafe’s Animal Welfare module reflects the challenges facing the livestock transport industry and being accredited reflects my commitment to best practice,” said Mr Rogers.

Operators who produce TruckCare certification are not accredited, as these are no longer valid. New Animal Welfare Module certification must be produced to validate accreditation.

To attend the launch, please RSVP to Kevin Walsh by 10 August at kevin.walsh@truck.net.au.

 

ATA SLAMS EPIC ATO CONSULTATION FAIL

The Australian Trucking Association can today reveal the epic size of the tax office’s failure to consult about its decision to slash employee truck driver travel expenses.

During the 2017-18 income year, the tax office will allow employee truck drivers to claim just $55.30 per day in travel expenses (excluding accommodation) without detailed receipts. In 2016-17, the amount allowed was $97.40. In the same determination, the tax office increased the reasonable food and drink allowance for comparable employees in other industries from $106.90 per day to $109.35 per day.

ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said that a check of ATA member associations showed that none had received the consultation paper that the tax office says it issued on 30 September 2016.

“Even the tax office has now admitted that it did not receive a single response from trucking industry associations in response to the paper,” Mr Crouch said.

“The lack of responses should have been a red flag for the tax office that something had gone wrong with its consultation process.

“One of their highly paid staff, who all receive travel allowance without needing to lodge receipts, should have picked up the phone, sent a follow up email or called a meeting. But nobody bothered.

“By sifting through the tax office website, the ATA has now located the tax office’s copy of the consultation paper that we didn’t receive.

“The paper does not provide any evidence to support the decision to slash the reasonable amount for truck driver claims. There are no statistics, case studies or references to relevant court or AAT cases.

“There are just vague assertions and a question, completely unsupported by evidence, about whether the truck driver rate should be set as a percentage of what is called the ‘other country centre rate.’

“If the ATA had been asked, and we weren’t, we would have said the percentage should be 100 per cent.

“The tax office should reverse its determination, rewrite its consultation paper to include actual facts and consult again,” he said.

Mr Crouch said the ATA was particularly disappointed in this epic consultation fail because the tax office’s work with industry was generally of a very high quality.

“The ATA has long been a member of the tax office Fuel Schemes Stakeholder Group. Its consultation with industry through this group has been exemplary, and as a result we have got some great results for trucking operators,” he said.

Read the tax office consultation paper that they buried on their website

 

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NOTICE OF ALRTA COUNCIL AND AGM

Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting and AGM on Thursday, 10 August 2017.  Details are:

Start: 2:00pm
Close: 9:00pm
Location: RACV Torquay Resort, 1 Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Victoria.

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LRTAV Conference

The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 11-12 August 2017 at the RACV Resort in Torquay.

Check here for more information.

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ALRTA News – 28 July 2017

NATIONAL HARMONISATION PROGRAM

The NHVR has met with industry representatives in Canberra to provide a briefing on the National Harmonisation Program (NHP) which aims to minimise the compliance burden by reducing duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders.

Industry associations present included ALRTA, LBRCA, ATA, NatRoad and ALC.

The first phase of the NHP is aiming to develop:

1.    National HML Declaration
2.    Class 2 B-double Notice
3.    Class 2 Road Train Notice
4.    Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice

Currently, there is a range of different notices established across the HVNL States and Territories that include inconsistent definitions and conditions for routes, days, hours and vehicles.

Ideally, your vehicle should be able to enter a stated network type (e.g. B-double) in South Australia and then travel through each state all the way to the top of Queensland under the exact same conditions.

While this will be of benefit, it will remain the case that once your vehicle turns off the notice network, you will be straight back into the ‘last mile’ permit system and all of the inconsistencies that still persist across the various state and local authorities.

The NHVR has established a government-industry working group to consider options for sensible harmonisation.   ALRTA is represented by LRTASA President David Smith and LRTAQ member Mark Collins.

During the briefing, NHVR presented the preliminary results of the project.

There are many proposed changes in each notice category that will help to improve consistency.  However, it does appear that the application of IAP to HML is likely to remain at the discretion of each state.  While we have put many strong arguments to the NHVR to remove the IAP requirement, there is one jurisdiction that just refuses to listen.

The NHVR will be consulting on the final recommendations in the near future.

Click here to find out more about the National Harmonisation Program.

You may also be interested in checking out the NHVR’s new chart detailing 39 common heavy vehicle combinations with information about weight, length and class.

 

TRAVEL EXPENSES

Under Australian tax law, employee truck drivers who receive a travel allowance are entitled to claim a ‘reasonable amount’ on food and drink they consume while travelling – without having to keep receipts (Note: owner-drivers must keep receipts for all claims).

The ATO has recently issued a Taxation Determination (TD 2017/19) that substantially reduces the ‘reasonable amount’ from $97.40 per day to just $55.30 per day – a 43% reduction!

While the ATO has stated that stakeholders were invited to comment on the proposal, industry associations and unions are adamant that no consultation was offered.  The ALRTA is expecting the ATA and its level state associations to take up this issue on behalf of the broader road transport industry.

 

NATIONAL FREIGHT SUPPLY CHAIN PRIORITIES

The ALRTA has tendered a submission in response to the Australian Government Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.

The Inquiry, to be assisted by a four member expert panel, will examine regulatory and investment barriers as well as opportunities to improve freight capacity and reduce business costs. The scope of the Inquiry is extremely broad ranging, considering road, rail, air and sea and how all of these interact, plus how multi-modal freight can best co-exist with passenger movements.

The ALRTA has recommended that the Australian Government should progress three priorities:

  1. Heavy vehicle charging and investment reform – including discontinuing overcharging and moving to independent charging decision making;
  2. Improving road service level standards – including establishing a special fund to immediately commence work on upgrading important regional freight and tourism routes and considering the need for managed effluent disposal sites; and
  3. Improving road access for high productivity vehicles.

USER-PAY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

Following on from our meeting with JBS at Brooklyn last week, ALRTA representatives met with AVDATA this this week to discuss the technical feasibility of installing a billing and data collection system on a pivot access unloading frame.

In short, there will be some minor challenges to ensure correct installation on the new equipment type, but these can be overcome with a little creativity.  We are confident that the AVDATA billing system is technically feasible and will collect sufficient data to analyse productivity outcomes.

 

PACCAR PARTS COMES TO TOWN

ALRTA was pleased to welcome PACCAR Parts representatives John Everett, Trevor Dickson and David Soemali to our new office to discuss ways that we can further enhance our national partnership.

Over the course of the meeting and the dinner that followed, we talked about the innovative new communication strategies being explored by PACCAR Parts to engage with their customers.  Member-based associations like the ALRTA can learn a lot from what ‘big business’ is doing in the digital space.

PACCAR Parts is committed to continuing their support for our family of associations and we hope to announce exciting new benefits for our grass-roots members in the near future.

LEASING OF ALRTA BUILDING

Following the recent re-location of our National Secretariat to the ATA Building in Forrest ACT, we are pleased to advise that ALRTA has agreed terms to lease our previous office to a new tenant for three years from August 2017.  The agreement requires ALRTA to provide new carpet, new lighting and some basic furniture.  All upgrades were completed this week.

Income generated from the leasing arrangement will substantially offset the cost of our new office.

 

NOTICE OF ALRTA COUNCIL AND AGM

Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting and AGM on Thursday, 10 August 2017.  Details are:

Start: 2:00pm
Close: 9:00pm
Location: RACV Torquay Resort, 1 Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Victoria.

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LRTAV Conference

The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 11-12 August 2017 at the RACV Resort in Torquay.

Check here for more information

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ALRTA News – 21 July 2017

ALRTA MEETS WITH MINISTER CHESTER

The ALRTA met with the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, in Melbourne this week.  Our delegation included ALRTA President (Kevin Keenan), LRTAV President (Graeme Howell), ALRTA Animal Welfare Chair (John Beer) and the ALRTA Executive Director (Mathew Munro).

The main topics of discussion were heavy vehicle charging, user-pay ramps and roadside effluent disposal infrastructure.  Minister Chester was ‘all ears’ on these important issues and genuinely knows about, and wants to fix, the declining state of regional roads that support the agricultural supply chain and tourism.

The meeting was an important element of our strategy to establish a network of managed roadside effluent disposal sites starting in SE QLD.  The LRTAQ President (Ian Wild), ALRTA VP (Graeme Hoare) and Fiona Wild recently raised this same issue with the QLD Transport Minister.


Photo: (left to right) Beer, Keenan, Minister Chester, Howell, Munro.

 

USER-PAY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

While  in Melbourne, our ALRTA reps ventured out to Brooklyn to meet with JBS.

The NHVR has recently granted ALRTA $95k under the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2017-18 to construct and operate a pivot access unloading frame on a user-pay basis. This milestone project will examine whether or not a user-pay model could rapidly improve safety and productivity in the livestock supply chain.

We thank JBS for the opportunity to make our pitch and provide detail on the steps involved.  The reception was positive and management are now considering the partnership offer.

 

INDEPENDENT PRICE REGULATION OF HV CHARGES

The ATA has made a submission in response to the Australian Government discussion paper on options for independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges.  The ALRTA supplied detailed comments to the ATA as part of the internal consultation process which are well reflected in the final submission.

Industry is strongly supportive of removing the ‘politics’ from HV charging decisions.

You only have to look at the $1bn of HV overcharging projected to occur as a result of the 2014 Transport and Infrastructure Ministerial Council decision, and the fact that around 75% of fuel tax collected is not even spent on roads, to know that a political process is not the ideal mechanism to recover costs from road users.

However, the appropriate choice of price regulator is highly dependent on the type of charging reform ultimately imposed on the HV industry – a decision that will be considered by Ministers in November 2017.

 

GOVERNMENTS HAND BACK PROCESSING

 
The ACT government has handed back Class 3 heavy vehicle permit processing to the NHVR.

This follows the lead of South Australia, where Class 3 permits were returned to NHVR from 10 April 2017.

It’s not earthshattering stuff, but it is a sure sign that state jurisdictions are becoming increasingly confident in the NHVR’s ability to manage the permit process and we can expect more to follow.

The positive experience is also being shared by operators, with well over 90% of permit applications now being received via the NHVR’s online portal and we are hearing great reports about the online journey planner.

 

TA REOPENS ELECTORAL ROLL

If you operate 5 trucks or fewer, you can enrol to vote and have your say in the trucking industry’s national elections.

The Australian Trucking Association’s General Council sets the strategic direction and policy for the trucking industry’s peak body. Every two years, owner drivers with one truck and small fleet operators with 2-5 trucks elect two representatives to the ATA General Council.

To register to vote in ATA elections, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes.  You must also provide a valid ABN and an email address that is unique to you. A webmail address is fine.

Elections are conducted entirely online, using a secure voting system.

The next election will be held in early 2019, but the electoral roll has just reopened after the 2017 election.

Sign up now to receive future updates and to make sure your voice is heard.

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More information on the ATA General Council

 

NHVR-ALRTA SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD

 
The judging panel for the NHVR-ALRTA Safety Innovation Award met this week to discuss applications and the assessment process.  Look out for an announcement about the finalists soon.

The award will be presented at the LRTAV Conference on 11 August 2017.

 

ALRTA EXECUTIVE

The ALRTA Executive met via teleconference this week.  The main topics of discussion included our recent move to the ATA building, leasing of our previous premises, sponsor partnerships, grant funding contractual arrangements and political activities.

MEETING NOTICE: ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting on Thursday, 10 August 2017.  Details are:

Start: 2:00pm
Close: 9:00pm
Location: RACV Torquay Resort, 1 Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Victoria.

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

UPCOMING EVENTS

LRTAV Conference

The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 11-12 August 2017 at the RACV Resort in Torquay.

Check here for more information.

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