Media Release – 10 February 2017

ALRTA WELCOMES NATIONAL ANIMAL WELFARE NOTICE

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has welcomed the National Livestock Welfare Work and Rest Exemption (Notice) 2017 (No.1).

From today, the new notice will allow Standard and BFM drivers in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, TAS and ACT carrying cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, poultry, emus, ostrich, alpaca, deer, camel or buffalo up to 1 hour additional driving time to address threats to animal welfare.

While the notice can be used on consecutive days, it does not increase total permitted driving hours over longer counting periods and drivers must increase the duration of their next long rest break by twice the amount of any additional driving time used.  Written records must also be kept by the driver for on-road enforcement purposes.

The new national notice replaces less workable state-based notices in NSW and SA that expired at midnight, 9 February 2017.

ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan, said that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has again shown that it understands the needs of different sectors and is prepared to forge ahead with a nationally consistent approach.

“The demands of livestock transport are like no other part of the road freight sector,” said President Keenan.

“While the HVNL stipulates work and rest rules for heavy vehicle drivers, the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Land Transport of Livestock concurrently stipulate maximum periods that water may be withheld from live animals as well as other requirements such as unloading livestock promptly after arriving at a destination.

“Unforeseen circumstances can sometimes prevent a driver from reaching a suitable destination to unload livestock within generally permitted driving hours.

“ALRTA has worked closely with the NHVR to develop a sensible national animal welfare notice that provides drivers of heavy vehicles carrying livestock with limited flexibility for the purpose of managing animal welfare requirements in unusual or unforeseen circumstances.

“If a driver is less than one hour from a suitable unloading site, this notice will enable that driver to reach the destination and safely and humanely unload the livestock rather than keeping them in the vehicle during a long rest break.

“I applaud the common sense approach to this issue taken by the NHVR and all participating HVNL States,” said President Keenan.

For media enquiries please contact:
ALRTA Executive Director: Mathew Munro – 0421 082 489 or mathew@alrta.org.au.
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ALRTA News – 10 February 2017

MORE FLEXIBLE DRIVING OPTIONS TO PROTECT ANIMAL WELFARE

ALRTA has welcomed the National Livestock Welfare Work and Rest Exemption (Notice) 2017 (No.1).

From today, the new notice will allow Standard and BFM drivers in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, TAS and ACT carrying cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, poultry, emus, ostrich, alpaca, deer, camel or buffalo up to 1 hour additional driving time to address threats to animal welfare.

While the notice can be used on consecutive days, it does not increase total permitted driving hours over longer counting periods and drivers must increase the duration of their next long rest break by twice the amount of any additional driving time used.  Written records must also be kept by the driver for on-road enforcement purposes.

The new national notice replaces less workable state-based notices in NSW and SA that expired at midnight, 9 February 2017.

ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan, said that the NHVR has again shown that it understands the needs of different sectors and is prepared to forge ahead with a nationally consistent approach.

“The demands of livestock transport are like no other part of the road freight sector,” said President Keenan.

“While the HVNL stipulates work and rest rules for heavy vehicle drivers, the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Land Transport of Livestock concurrently stipulate maximum periods that water may be withheld from live animals as well as other requirements such as unloading livestock promptly after arriving at a destination.
“Unforeseen circumstances can sometimes prevent a driver from reaching a suitable destination to unload livestock within generally permitted driving hours.
“ALRTA has worked closely with the NHVR to develop a sensible national animal welfare notice that provides drivers of heavy vehicles carrying livestock with limited flexibility for the purpose of managing animal welfare requirements in unusual or unforeseen circumstances.

“If a driver is less than one hour from a suitable unloading site, this notice will enable that driver to reach the destination and safely and humanely unload the livestock rather than keeping them in the vehicle during a long rest break.

“I applaud the common sense approach to this issue taken by the NHVR and all participating HVNL States,” said President Keenan.

The ALRTA encourages all member carriers to familiarise themselves with the new notice which can be found here.

ALRTA NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO TACKLE BRAKING CONCERNS

The The joint ALRTA-LRTAQ National Conference to be held 17-18 February 2017 in Toowoomba, QLD, will tackle three of the biggest issues affecting rural carriers: effluent control, local road access and mandatory electronic braking including stability control.

ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan, said that the 2017 National Conference is the best opportunity for supply chain stakeholders and operators to learn more and have their say on these important issues.

“At this year’s National Conference we will focus our discussions on three key issues that need to be resolved.  This has allowed us to bring together a broader array of experts with differing perspectives on problems and potential solutions,” said President Keenan.

Braking
“For example, the prospect of mandatory EBS with stability control has divided opinion even among our own membership.  While some operators are already choosing to use this technology, there are others who are hesitant because of concerns about performance and reliability in remote and off-road environments.    Some have discontinued use of the technology because of ongoing problems.

“Our conference session on braking technology will bring together a panel of experts including: the Federal standards authority; a technology developer; a trailer manufacturer; a roll-over expert; an insurer; the ATA; and of course transport operators.

“Conference delegates will be able to consider the perspectives of all of these experts during one inclusive session and then have their say about the direction in which we should be heading.  This will help us progress the debate and develop an ALRTA policy on this very important issue,” said President Keenan.

Effluent Control
The conference panel session on effluent control will include a large operator, large processor, the NHVR and the NTC who will conduct a project this year seeking to clarify the application of chain of responsibility laws to animal preparation practices.

Local Access
The conference panel session on local access will centre around a special presentation by Main Roads WA on the 2016-17 Harvest Mass Management Scheme which includes innovative new access arrangements for restricted access vehicles.  The NHVR and Toowoomba Regional Council will inform delegates of the approach being taken on the east coast.

ALRTA National Sponsors BP, Beaurepaires, Cummins and Kenworth will be speaking about new technologies, regulations and practices that will affect road transport businesses in coming years.

Other Highlights
Conference attendees will hear key note addresses from:

  • QLD Minister for Transport – (or alternative representative due to the unexpected resignation of the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe)
  • The QLD Minister for Main Roads – the Hon Mark Bailey MP
  • Federal Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister – the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
  • NHVR CEO – Sal Pettrocitto
  • Founder of the ‘Heart of Australia’ mobile specialist medical service – Dr Rolf Gomes

“The joint ALRTA-LRTAQ National Conference has something for everyone,” said President Keenan.

“Scattered around the serious business of improving our operating environment, delegates can also relax with a round of golf, meet the locals at our community breakfast, grab a bargain at the fund raising auction and kick their heals up at the legendary Bull Carter’s Ball.

“On behalf of the ALRTA and LRTAQ, I invite all transport operators, government officials, media and those interested in the rural road transport supply chain to attend this year’s joint ALRTA-LRTAQ National Conference and help us to improve our industry,” said President Keenan.

The full two-day program of events and registration brochures can be found here.

FEDERAL PARLIAMENT RESUMES FOR 2017

The Federal Parliament swung back into action on Tuesday this week.  Already making news was the defection of Senator Cory Bernadi from the Coalition who has bumped up the numbers on the Senate cross-bench to an almost unbelievable 21.   The Turnbull Government is now 10 votes short of the 39 it needs to win votes in the chamber.

The ALRTA has wasted no time walking the halls of Parliament House with meetings held this week with the Federal Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, and the Office of the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP.

ATA CALLS FOR MANDATORY CODE FOR PAYMENT TIMES

The Australian Government should put in place a mandatory code to prohibit extended payment times being forced on small businesses, the Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Noelene Watson, said today.

Mrs Watson was releasing the ATA submission to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) inquiry into payment times and practices.

“The trucking industry consists almost entirely of small businesses and is characterised by tight margins,” Mrs Watson said.

“The vast majority of the costs incurred by small trucking businesses must be met before they can bill their customers. This includes wages or personal living costs, fuel, tyres, finance costs, registration and maintenance.

“As a result, small trucking businesses are vulnerable to adverse changes in their payment terms such as large customers imposing extended periods before they will pay an invoice.”

Mrs Watson said the ASBFEO inquiry should recommend the development of a mandatory code to address the payment terms faced by small trucking and other small businesses.

“A mandatory code for either the trucking industry or all small businesses under Part IVB of the Competition and Consumer Act should be designed to cover payment times, which should be no more than 30 days from the date an invoice is issued,” Mrs Watson said.

“The code would also need to include a prohibition on set offs and pay when paid arrangements, alternative dispute resolution, and special rules for recipient created tax invoices to prevent customers from delaying the creation of these invoices to avoid triggering the 30 day period.

“The ATA welcomes the ASBFEO’s endorsement of investigating this approach in its report on the effects of the RSRT’s payments order, and we encourage it to extend its recommendation to all small businesses.

“Alternatively, the development of standalone legislation modelled on the construction industry security of payment system could be investigated.

“The ASBFEO inquiry needs to result in solutions to extended payment times. Small trucking businesses should not have to provide extended credit to larger customers, risking their viability and jobs in the industry,” she said.

Read ATA submission to ASBFEO payment times and practices inquiry.

NHVAS ACCREDITATION NUMBERS GROW

National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme is within reach of 10,000 modules completed and 100,000 vehicles accredited according to the NHVR’s Quarterly Snapshot for October to December 2016.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said it was great to see the increased growth in the Scheme which helps to create a safer road network for all road users.
“Following industry feedback, the NHVR has developed a more robust and newly designed label for vehicles nominated in the mass and maintenance management modules of the Scheme,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“The new labels are smaller and more durable, allowing the operator greater flexibility when displaying them on their vehicle.

“There were also improvements for access with a 16 per cent increase in pre-approved routes bringing the total to 1313, covering 297 local councils across Australia.

“Pre-approvals are vital because they eliminate the need for individual road manager consents on agreed routes, helping get heavy vehicles on the road quicker and safer.

“To further boost efficiency and productivity, the NHVR will continue to advocate pre-approvals for local councils through our strong partnerships and local engagement strategy.”

Mr Petroccitto said permit applications remained strong with over 95 per cent of the 5526 applications submitted to the NHVR during Q2 via the Customer Portal.

“In addition to this, we’ve just completed trials with 20 road managers across the country on the Road Manager Portal, which provides end-to-end solutions for permit management.”

For more information on the NHVR Quarterly Snapshot and Local Government Heat Maps can be found here.

REMINDER: VOTE IN THE 2017 ATA ELECTION

The ATA’s 2017 elections are underway, with voter registrations and candidate nominations now open until 22 February 2017.

The ALRTA encourages all members to register and use your vote in the election.

In the election, owner drivers with one truck and small fleet operators with 2-5 trucks will elect two representatives to the ATA’s General Council, which sets its strategic policy direction.  The council meets in Canberra at least 4 times a year and ALRTA is also represented directly on the council.

To register to vote in the election, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes.  You will also need to provide a valid ABN and an email address that is unique to you.

You must be a member of an ATA member association, such as one of the ALRTA’s six state associations, to nominate for one of the positions.  The nomination form is available on the ATA website.

The election will be conducted entirely online, using a secure voting system.

Register to vote now

Background information about the 2017 ATA election

If you are thinking about nominating for one of the positions, let the ALRTA Secretariat know and we will do what we can to support you.

REMINDER: NATIONAL CONFERENCE AUCTION ITEMS

Get ready to place your bids!  ALRTA thanks our national sponsors for donating some amazing auction items for the 2017 National Conference in Toowoomba on Saturday,18 February 2017.

Cummins Engine

Option 1:  Signature GENII engine that meets ADR80-00 emission certification and is rated at a Hp of 500Hp/1850 FtLb torque and this engine is rateable to 600hp/2050FtLb torque for a scheduled fee. This engine has a single cylinder air compressor option fitted.

Option 2:  ISX EGR engine that meets ADR80-03 emission certification and is rated at a Hp of 500Hp/1850 FtLb torque and this engine is rateable to 600hp/2050FtLb torque for a scheduled fee. This engine has a single cylinder air compressor option fitted.

Option 3:  ISXe5 engine in that meets ADR80-03 emission certification and is rated at a Hp of 500Hp/1850 FtLb torque and this engine is rateable to 600hp/2050FtLb torque for a scheduled fee. This engine has a single cylinder air compressor option fitted.

All the engine options listed above come with Cummins standard base factory warranty included and do not have extended coverage applied.  However, this can also be purchased for a scheduled fee.

Beaurepaires Tyres

  • 2 x Steer tyres. Goodyear S100+/S200+ (295/80R22.5).
  • 8 x Drive tyres. Goodyear G667 (11R22.5).
  • 2 sets of 12 x Trailer Tyres. Goodyear LHTII (11R22.5).
  • 4 x GY 4×4 Wrangler Tyres valued.
  • Ipad 2 Air with wifi and cellular.

King Bars
A King Bars bull bar up to the value of $10,000 (can include fitting and freight). The successful bidder has 12 months to take up the offer. The bull bar can be any design from King Bars product line.

BP
Truckies hamper and $500 gift card

PACCAR
2 x PACCAR promotional kits including jackets, shirts, bags, sheets, umbrella and more.

Please call Tanya on 02 6247 5434, if you want some additional information or wish to place a phone bid on the night.

NO NEWSLETTER NEXT WEEK

We have an action-packed week ahead that includes:

  • The first meeting of our expanded National Member Chapter;
  • A National Council Meeting;
  • The joint LRTAQ-ALRTA National Conference in Toowoomba.

All of our office staff will be heading north for the festivities so our office will be closed on Thursday – Friday and there will be no weekly newsletter.   We will be back on deck the following Monday and will issue a special newsletter that week to fill you in on the meetings and conference.

If you have an urgent inquiry please call our office mobile on 0409 515 681.

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Media Release 6 February 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

ALRTA CONFERENCE TO TACKLE BRAKING CONCERNS

The joint ALRTA-LRTAQ National Conference to be held 17-18 February 2017 in Toowoomba, QLD, will tackle three of the biggest issues affecting rural carriers: effluent control, local road access and mandatory electronic braking including stability control.

ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan, said that the 2017 National Conference is the best opportunity for supply chain stakeholders and operators to learn more and have their say on these important issues.

“At this year’s National Conference we will focus our discussions on three key issues that need to be resolved.  This has allowed us to bring together a broader array of experts with differing perspectives on problems and potential solutions”, said President Keenan.

Braking
“For example, the prospect of mandatory EBS with stability control has divided opinion even among our own membership.  While some operators are already choosing to use this technology, there are others who are hesitant because of concerns about performance and reliability in remote and off-road environments.  Some have discontinued using the technology because of ongoing problems”.

“Our conference session on braking technology will bring together a panel of experts including: the Federal standards authority; a technology developer; a trailer manufacturer; a roll-over expert; an insurer; the ATA; and of course transport operators”.

“Conference delegates will be able to consider the perspectives of all of these experts during one inclusive session and then have their say about the direction in which we should be heading.  This will help us progress the debate and develop an ALRTA policy on this very important issue”, said President Keenan.

Effluent Control
The conference panel session on effluent control will include a large operator, large processor, the NHVR and the NTC who will conduct a project this year seeking to clarify the application of chain of responsibility laws to animal preparation practices.

Local Access
The conference panel session on local access will centre around a special presentation by Main Roads WA on the 2016-17 Harvest Mass Management Scheme which includes innovative new access arrangements for restricted access vehicles.  The NHVR and Toowoomba Regional Council will inform delegates of the approach being taken on the east coast.

ALRTA National Sponsors BP, Beaurepaires, Cummins and Kenworth will be speaking about new technologies, regulations and practices that will affect road transport businesses in coming years.

Other Highlights
Conference attendees will hear key note addresses from:

  • QLD Minister for Transport – the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP
  • The QLD Minister for Main Roads – the Hon Mark Bailey MP
  • Federal Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister – the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
  • NHVR CEO – Sal Pettrocitto
  • Founder of the ‘Heart of Australia’ mobile specialist medical service – Dr Rolf Gomes

“The joint ALRTA-LRTAQ National Conference has something for everyone”, said President Keenan.

“Scattered around the serious business of improving our operating environment, delegates can also relax with a round of golf, meet the locals at our community breakfast, grab a bargain at the fund raising auction and kick their heals up at the legendary Bull Carter’s Ball”.

“On behalf of the ALRTA and LRTAQ, I invite all transport operators, government officials, media and those interested in the rural road transport supply chain to attend this year’s joint ALRTA-LRTAQ National Conference and help us to improve our industry”, said President Keenan.

The full two-day program of events and registration brochures can be found here.

For media enquiries please contact:
ALRTA Executive Director: Mathew Munro – 0421 082 489 or mathew@alrta.org.au

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ALRTA News – 3 February 2017

INDUSTRY GIANTS JOIN ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Three of the largest livestock transport companies in Australia have joined the National Member Chapter of the ALRTA.  The Chapter now has five members who together operate several hundred trucks right across rural and regional Australia.

The expanded Chapter membership will meet for the first time in the week before the ALRTA National Council meeting on 16 February 2017 in Toowoomba, Queensland.

ALRTA National President warmly welcomed the new Chapter members.

“The ALRTA National Council established the National Member Chapter in 2013 as a way of enhancing our engagement with the most successful and influential operators in the rural transport sector”, said President Keenan.

“The Chapter operates much like our six state associations and is entitled to representatives and voting rights at all ALRTA National Council meetings”.

“Collectively the Chapter now brings more than 200 years of experience to the table.  These exceptional operators know what it takes to build successful road transport businesses from the ground up.  The ALRTA National Council welcomes the opportunity to cooperatively address the unique challenges facing rural, regional and remote road transport in Australia”.

“As you can see, we represent everyone from the smallest operator to the very largest”, said President Keenan.

The Chapter Members

Ross Fraser AM:  A former Chair of the ATA and Past President of ALRTA, Ross Fraser would like to see clear guidelines on effluent control. Managing Director of Frasers Livestock Transport, based in Warwick, Queensland, Ross has been in the transport since 1961 heading the family business founded by his parents, Charlie and Edna Fraser, in 1944. Frasers now run a fleet of more than 50 prime movers and 150 trailers servicing the eastern states of Australia.

Gavin O’Sullivan: Gavin started out with one truck in 1969 and now operates over 60 prime movers. He considers driver training and maintaining good staffing levels to be one of the major challenges facing the industry over the next decade.

Robert Cavanagh: Robert operates Stockmaster out of Tamworth, NSW, and goes everywhere.  He is passionate about maintaining drivers’ high skill levels required to handle livestock and keeping paperwork to the highest possible standards while removing unnecessary red tape. Robert is a former ALRTA National President.

Joe Sepos: Joe is based in Newcastle and operates a fleet of livestock and bulk vehicles right across the country. He reckons that rural roads need better funding.  Joe is a former President of the LBRCA (or NSW Livestock Transporters Association as it was then known).

Jason Thornhill: Jason operates Trans Australian Livestock from his home base in Murray Bridge, SA, and specialises in carting livestock and other farm produce. He considers that managing fatigue is one of the major issues for both drivers and operators and is keen to contribute to improving safety across the industry.

ALRTA SUBMISSION ON VICTORIAN OWNER DRIVERS REVIEW

The ALRTA, LRTAV and ATA have each made submissions to the Victorian Government review of the laws regulating owner drivers and forestry contractors.

Among other things, ALRTA has:

  • argued strongly against any potential proposal to introduce mandatory minimum rates, citing the RSRT disaster in 2016 and NSW laws that exempt rural carriers.
  • cautioned against proposed broad brush regulation aimed at protecting tipper drivers in the earthworks and construction sectors because of the consequential impacts this could have on tripper drivers in the rural supply chain.
  • sought improvements to the Ministerial advisory model to include specific representation from the rural transport sector.

The ALRTA will keep a close watch on this issue and support the LRTAV in further political representations. 

FUEL TAX CREDIT RATES GO UP

Fuel tax credit rates have increased in line with the indexation of the Australian Government’s fuel tax.

The new rates apply to fuel acquired from 1 February 2017.

The fuel tax credit rate for eligible diesel trucks travelling on public roads is now 14.2 cents per litre, up from 13.7 cents per litre. Diesel trucks must meet environmental criteria to be eligible for the credits.

The fuel tax credit rate for fuel used to power auxiliary equipment is now 40.1 cents per litre, up from 39.6 cents per litre.

Full list of fuel tax credit rates
Visit the ATO fuel tax credit calculator or the ATO app
ATO tips to avoid common errors made on fuel tax credit claims.

GUIDELINES FOR REGISTERED INDUSTRY CODES OF PRACTICE

The NHVR has released new Guidelines for Preparing and Registering Industry Codes of Practice.

ALRTA has made submissions to NHVR on early drafts of the new guide which has since been revised in consultation with industry.   One of the key benefits of operating your business in accordance with a registered code is that courts will automatically recognise it as industry best practice.   Demonstrating that your road transport business has adhered to a registered code will be a strong defence against prosecution.

We are pleasantly surprised that the Federal Government has chipped in $350,000 of new funding to kick start the development or transition of industry codes.  The money can be used to off-set development and registration costs.

ALRTA has maintained an interest in this issue because there is potential to develop a new registered industry code for effluent management.  ALRTA will look more closely at this opportunity as part of our overall effluent strategy.

The guidelines can be found here.

NTC PROPOSES MORE RESEARCH ON FREIGHT MOVEMENTS

The NTC has proposed to improve transport-related data collection, storage, sharing and analysis, including 5-yearly reporting.

The recommendations are included in the NTC Discussion Paper ‘Who moves what where – Better informing transport planning for Australians’.  If adopted, more cross-jurisdictional data sets could be accessed and industry would also be encouraged to share de-identified data.

The only crazy thing in this proposal is that we are not doing it already.

The NTC discussion paper can be found here.

SUBMISSIONS ON FEDERAL BUDGET 2017-18

ALRTA is a member of ATA and the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA).  Both have made submissions on the Federal Budget for 2017-18.

ATA has recommended:

  1. Review and consideration of an independent and hypothecated road fund
  2. Continuation of Coalition road safety programs
  3. Redirection of RSRT funds to practical safety measures in all states and a ‘share the road’ safety campaign
  4. Freeze total charging revenue and introduce lower charges per truck on 1 July 2017
  5. Require every heavy diesel vehicle on a public road to meet maintenance or test criteria to be eligible for fuel tax credits

COSBOA has recommended a focus on five key priority areas:

  1. Encouraging investment and innovation
  2. Boosting productivity and efficiency
  3. Investing in equitable and quality education
  4. Overhauling our approach to training
  5. Working with small businesses on employment

REMINDER: VOTE IN ATA ELECTIONS

The ATA’s 2017 elections are underway, with voter registrations and candidate nominations now open until 22 February 2017.

The ALRTA encourages all members to register and use your vote in the election.

In the election, owner drivers with one truck and small fleet operators with 2-5 trucks will elect two representatives to the ATA’s General Council, which sets its strategic policy direction.  The council meets in Canberra at least 4 times a year and ALRTA is also represented directly on the council.

To register to vote in the election, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes.  You will also need to provide a valid ABN and an email address that is unique to you.

You must be a member of an ATA member association, such as one of the ALRTA’s six state associations, to nominate for one of the positions.  The nomination form is available on the ATA website.

The election will be conducted entirely online, using a secure voting system.

Register to vote now

Background information about the 2017 ATA election

If you are thinking about nominating for one of the positions, let the ALRTA Secretariat know and we will do what we can to support you.

REMINDER: NATIONAL CONFERENCE: 17-18 FEBRUARY

It is only two weeks until the ALRTA and LRTAQ combined National Conference to be held 17-18 February 2017 in Toowoomba, QLD.

Delegates will hear from keynote speakers including:

  • QLD Minister for Transport – the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP
  • Federal Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister – the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
  • Founder of the ‘Heart of Australia’ mobile specialist medical service – Dr Rolf Gomes

The national policy session will include highlights such as:

  • NTI Major Crash Report:  Protect yourself by knowing about the latest accident trends and risk factors.
  • Rollovers:  An expert presentation on how it happens – You may be surprised!
  • Electronic Stability Control:  Will it be mandatory and is it right for you?
  • Farm Gate Access: Hear about the nation-leading program in WA and how it is being tackled in the East.
  • Effluent Control: Can chain of responsibility really work?
  • A focus on new technology: What is under development and when will it be available?

You can also relax with a round of golf, meet the locals at our community breakfast, grab a bargain at the fund raising auction and kick your heals up at the legendary Bull Carter’s Ball.

The full two-day program of events and registration brochures can be found here.  We hope to see you there!

REMINDER: NATIONAL CONFERENCE AUCTION ITEMS

Get ready to place your bids!  ALRTA thanks our national sponsors for donating some amazing auction items for the 2017 National Conference in Toowoomba on Saturday,18 February 2017.

Cummins Engine
Option 1:  Signature GENII engine that meets ADR80-00 emission certification and is rated at a Hp of 500Hp/1850 FtLb torque and this engine is rateable to 600hp/2050FtLb torque for a scheduled fee. This engine has a single cylinder air compressor option fitted.
Retail Value – $52,363 + GST

Option 2:  ISX EGR engine that meets ADR80-03 emission certification and is rated at a Hp of 500Hp/1850 FtLb torque and this engine is rateable to 600hp/2050FtLb torque for a scheduled fee. This engine has a single cylinder air compressor option fitted.
Retail Value – $67,437 + GST

Option 3:  ISXe5 engine in that meets ADR80-03 emission certification and is rated at a Hp of 500Hp/1850 FtLb torque and this engine is rateable to 600hp/2050FtLb torque for a scheduled fee. This engine has a single cylinder air compressor option fitted.
Retail Value – $60,657 + GST

All the engine options listed above come with Cummins standard base factory warranty included and do not have extended coverage applied.  However, this can also be purchased for a scheduled fee.

Beaurepaires Tyres
2 x Steer tyres. Goodyear S100+/S200+ (295/80R22.5). RRP $1,100
8 x Drive tyres. Goodyear G667 (11R22.5). RRP $4,400
2 sets of 12 x Trailer Tyres. Goodyear LHTII (11R22.5). RRP $4,800
4 x GY 4×4 Wrangler Tyres valued. RRP $1,500
Ipad 2 Air with wifi and cellular. RRP $760

King Bars
A King Bars bullbar up to the value of $10,000 (can include fitting and freight). The successful bidder has 12 months to take up the offer. The bullbar can be any design from King Bars product line.

BP
Truckies hamper and $500 gift card

PACCAR
2 x PACCAR promotional kits including jackets, shirts, bags, sheets, umbrella and more. RRP $265 – $430

Please call Tanya on 02 6247 5434, if you want some additional information or wish to place a phone bid on the night.

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ALRTA News – 27 January 2017

MEETING NOTICE: ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting on Thursday, 16 February 2017.  Details are:

Start: 1:15pm
Close: 6:15pm
Location: Brown & Hurley, 28-30 Carrington Road, TORRINGTON QLD 4350.

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

REGISTER TO VOTE IN ATA ELECTIONS

The ATA’s 2017 elections are underway, with voter registrations and candidate nominations now open until 22 February 2017.

The ALRTA encourages all members to register and use your vote in the election.

In the election, owner drivers with one truck and small fleet operators with 2-5 trucks will elect two representatives to the ATA’s General Council, which sets its strategic policy direction.  The council meets in Canberra at least 4 times a year and ALRTA is also represented directly on the council.

To register to vote in the election, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes.  You will also need to provide a valid ABN and an email address that is unique to you.

You must be a member of an ATA member association, such as one of the ALRTA’s six state associations, to nominate for one of the positions.  The nomination form is available on the ATA website.

The election will be conducted entirely online, using a secure voting system.

Register to vote now

Background information about the 2017 ATA election

If you are thinking about nominating for one of the positions, let the ALRTA Secretariat know and we will do what we can to support you.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO RSRT REPORT

In September 2016, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman report into the impact of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) was publicly released.  This week the Federal Government responded to the Ombudsman’s 14 recommendations and committed that it will:

  • never re-establish the RSRT, or a similar body, that sets mandatory rates of pay for owner drivers and small transport businesses.

Given that the Federal Government axed the RSRT on 21 April 2016, this commitment is very welcome but hardly surprising.  However, you may be interested in several other elements of the response.

Recommendations supported by the Government

  • States to consider the RSRT experience.  Setting of mandatory minimum rates for owner drivers at the state level is strongly discouraged.
  • Governments should consider alternative regulatory bodies and frameworks rather than tribunals.
  • Government to improve consultation with small businesses during development and operation and should take small business views into account.
  • Governments should allow more time for small businesses to understand, seek advice and make changes to adapt to new regulation.
  • Government should enquire into ways to reduce payment terms for owner drivers.
  • ACCC should provide targeted information to owner drivers on unfair contract laws.
  • Industry associations to work with media to ensure that accident reporting does not hold truck drivers at fault before the outcome of a police investigation.
  • Industry associations should actively engage with owner drivers and small businesses to represent their views in government processes and build upon communication networks.

Recommendations ‘in principle’ supported by the Government

  • Consideration of any impacts on mental health when developing new small business regulation.
  • When intervening in a market, Governments should provide education, support and compensation where appropriate.
  • Governments and NHVR should fund national advertisements to educate other road users about how to share the road with trucks.

Recommendations noted by the Government

  • Future tribunals to use less formal and legalistic processes.
  • Governments to establish an apprenticeship/traineeship scheme to get young people into the trucking industry.
  • Treasury and the ACCC to work with industry to develop a Code of Conduct for the Road Freight Industry.

Generally, industry should be satisfied with the findings of the ASBFEO Report and the Federal Government’s response to the 14 recommendations.  Yet, the response does indicate that there are two key challenges ahead.

Firstly, industry will need to collectively lobby members of the Transport Industry Ministerial Council and the NHVR to press our case for a nationally funded advertising campaign to educate other road users about how to share the road with trucks.  Light vehicle drivers are actually responsible for around 80% of accidents that involve a light vehicle and truck and because they usually come off second best the media routinely blame the truck driver.

Secondly, the response makes it very clear that a mandatory code of conduct is not the Government’s preferred option and would only be considered when all other options have been exhausted.  I think this response is cause for industry to pause and consider all of our options, including the impact that any code might have on the operation of a free market – one of the key Government concerns.

You can find the full Federal Government response here.

APPLY NOW: BUILDING BETTER REGIONS FUND

The $298m Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. The new fund replaces the National Stronger Regions Fund which in 2016 approved 67 projects for a total of $126.m in new funding.

The BBRF represents an attractive opportunity for potential applicants to upgrade or install new infrastructure to improve safety and productivity in the rural transport supply chain.

For example, in 2016 the ALRTA and LTAT supported an application for the construction of a new truckwash in Powranna, Tasmania.  This successful application received an additional $250,000 Federal grant to match the $247,000 already committed by the Tasmanian Government.

Separately, new funding was also provided for upgrades to two regional livestock exchanges.  The Central West Livestock Exchange in Forbes has received $1.5m towards a $3.4m project to lift capacity from 1,800 cattle a day to 2,600.  Swan Hill Regional Livestock Exchange has received and additional $0.9m towards a $1.7m project to promote faster and larger turnover that includes reference to minimising fatigue for transporters.

Eligible applicants include local government authorities or not-for-profit organisations.  The ALRTA encourages eligible parties in the rural transport supply chain to consider making an application under the BBRF in 2017.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:

  • Infrastructure Projects Stream:  Individual grants available from $20k – $10m for new or upgraded infrastructure that delivers economic or social benefits.  Applications open 18 Jan 2017 and close 28 February 2017.
  • Community Investments Stream: Individual grants available from $5k – $10m for local events, strategic plans, leadership and capability building activities. Applications open 18 Jan 2017 and close 31 March 2017.

Some projects that might be worth considering include:

  • Truckwashes
  • Effluent dumping points
  • Livestock loading/unloading infrastructure (incl user-pay)

If you know of a worthwhile project please contact the ALRTA office and we may be able to assist with your application or support your proposal.

More information can be found here.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE: 17-18 FEBRUARY

It is only three weeks until the ALRTA and LRTAQ combined National Conference to be held 17-18 February 2017 in Toowoomba, QLD.

Delegates will hear from keynote speakers including:

  • QLD Minister for Transport – the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP
  • Federal Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister – the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
  • Founder of the ‘Heart of Australia’ mobile specialist medical service – Dr Rolf Gomes

The national policy session will include highlights such as:

  • NTI Major Crash Report:  Protect yourself by knowing about the latest accident trends and risk factors.
  • Rollovers:  An expert presentation on how it happens – You may be surprised!
  • Electronic Stability Control:  Will it be mandatory and is it right for you?
  • Farm Gate Access: Hear about the nation-leading program in WA and how it is being tackled in the East.
  • Effluent Control: Can chain of responsibility really work?
  • A focus on new technology: What is under development and when will it be available?

You can also relax with a round of golf, meet the locals at our community breakfast, grab a bargain at the fund raising auction and kick your heals up at the legendary Bull Carter’s Ball.

The full two-day program of events and registration brochures can be found here.  We hope to see you there!

NATIONAL CONFERENCE AUCTION ITEMS

Get ready to place your bids!  ALRTA thanks our national sponsors for donating some amazing auction items for the 2017 National Conference in Toowoomba on Friday 17 February 2017.

CUMMINS ENGINE

Option 1:  Signature GENII engine that meets ADR80-00 emission certification and is rated at a Hp of 500Hp/1850 FtLb torque and this engine is rateable to 600hp/2050FtLb torque for a scheduled fee. This engine has a single cylinder air compressor option fitted.
Retail Value – $52,363 + GST

Option 2:  ISX EGR engine that meets ADR80-03 emission certification and is rated at a Hp of 500Hp/1850 FtLb torque and this engine is rateable to 600hp/2050FtLb torque for a scheduled fee. This engine has a single cylinder air compressor option fitted.
Retail Value – $67,437 + GST

Option 3:  ISXe5 engine in that meets ADR80-03 emission certification and is rated at a Hp of 500Hp/1850 FtLb torque and this engine is rateable to 600hp/2050FtLb torque for a scheduled fee. This engine has a single cylinder air compressor option fitted.
Retail Value – $60,657 + GST

All the engine options listed above come with Cummins standard base factory warranty included and do not have extended coverage applied.  However, this can also be purchased for a scheduled fee.

BEAUREPAIRES TYRES
2 x Steer tyres. Goodyear S100+/S200+ (295/80R22.5). RRP $1100
8 x Drive tyres. Goodyear G667 (11R22.5). RRP $4400
2 sets of 12 x Trailer Tyres. Goodyear LHTII (11R22.5). RRP $4800
4x GY 4×4 Wrangler Tyres valued RRP. $1500

KING BARS BULLBAR
A King Bars bullbar up to the value of $10,000 (can include fitting and freight). The successful bidder has 12 months to take up the offer. The bullbar can be any design from King Bars product line.

BP
Truckies hamper and $500 gift card

PACCAR
2 x PACCAR promotional kits including jackets, shirts, bags, sheets, umbrella and more. RRP $265 – $430

Please call Tanya on 02 6247 5434, if you want some additional information or wish to place a phone bid on the night.

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