ALRTA News – 18 February 2018

THE BYRNE STAINLESS STEEL STORY 

 

Byrne Trailers have been at the forefront of livestock trailer development for over four decades.  Their innovative approach has been well received by the livestock transport industry.  Most livestock trailers today are either built by Byrne Trailers, or they look like a Byrne trailer.

But true to form, Byrne Trailers have not stood still, they have continued to listen to customers and their current offerings address one of the biggest enemies of livestock trailers – corrosion.

Byrne Trailers General Manager, David Byrne tells the Byrne Stainless story, “My first real job was in the steel industry.  One of the first things you learn is that all steels aren’t the same, and you need to be very careful to use the right steel for the job.  We have always known that customers need trailers that are more resistant to rusting out, and we were aware of previous unsuccessful attempts by other trailer builders to use stainless steel.  So we searched the world for a material that we could stand behind when we used it to build our trailers.  We found a Stainless Steel alloy that is as strong and ductile as the carbon steel we had been using for decades, but is 250 times more corrosion resistant.  That means it rusts 250 times slower.”

Byrne Trailers have been offering Stainless Steel trailers since early 2016, and most of the livestock trailers they have built since then have been with this latest material.  David continued, “Because we purchase the stainless steel from a first world country, the quality is spot on.  It complements the Byrne Trailers brand very well.”

Find out more about Byrne Trailers and their products here: https://byrnetrailers.com.au/

 

NHVR INDUSTRY REFERENCE GROUP

The ALRTA Executive Director attended the NHVR Industry Reference Group (IRG) in Brisbane this week.  This IRG provides top level strategic and operational advice to senior NHVR management.

The meeting discussed issues including EWDs, roadworthiness, chain of responsibility, recent truck crashes and enforcement responses.

The IRG also met jointly with the National Operational Strategy and Policy Advisory Group which comprises senior representatives from road agencies.

 

EFFLUENT AND ENERGY PRODUCTION

The ALRTA Executive Director and National Officer met with experts this week to discuss the possibility of using effluent captured at roadside facilities for energy production.

Our association is currently exploring all options for disposing of up to 2.5ML of effluent that we expect could be captured at our proposed site on the Warrego Highway  in southern Queensland.  We have applied for funding the build the site via a partnership between Queensland Transport and Main Roads and the Federal Building Better Regions Fund.

The site would need to be operated on a cost-recovery basis – so finding productive uses of the captured material will help reduce usage costs for operators.

Our initial discussions have indicated that the liquid component of the material should be suitable as biogas feed stock. Provided that this can be confirmed by testing, and if regulations do not prevent mixing of effluent sources, we are hopeful that we can further explore mutually beneficial arrangements with an existing energy producer.

 

NEW ROLLER BRAKE TEST

New roller brake testing procedures have commenced across Australia following industry-wide consultation into brake testing methods and actual vehicle brake testing studies.

NHVR Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa said the new procedure followed extensive consultation with manufacturers, Australian Trucking Association, Truck Industry Council, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia and NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

“The national brake testing standard of 45%g, or 4.4kN/t, was released as part of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual in 2016,” Mr Bruzsa said.

“The NHVR has worked closely with Roads and Maritime Services and the heavy vehicle industry to look at why some roller brake testing methods deliver differing results, when compared to other in-service brake testing methods.

“The working group has now developed the National roller brake testing procedure with machines used by state jurisdictions to be updated over the next 12 months.

“The working group has focused on identifying issues and delivering a robust procedure that will be effective for all vehicle types using current roller brake testing infrastructure.”

The new National roller brake test procedure will require software updates to roller brake test machines, with initial updates to occur over the next 12 months.

An initial three-month start-up period including information, training and minor equipment changes for state jurisdictions is underway.

Heavy vehicle inspections will continue under the current arrangements until May 1 after which all tests will be performed using either the National roller brake testing procedure or the Alternative phase in procedure.

For roller brake testing machines operated by accredited third party examiners (commonly known as Authorised Inspection Stations) machines will be updated as part of routine servicing over the next 12 months and the new national procedure adopted once the machine is updated.

The NHVR will continue to consult with relevant parties on the effectiveness of the new procedures. Additionally, the NHVR will assess new developments in technology as they become available to determine if further improvements can be made. For more information visit www.nhvr.gov.au/nrbt

 

 

NATIONAL TRUCKING AWARDS 2018

The ATA is now calling for nominations for the 2018 National Trucking Industry Awards.

These prestigious awards acknowledge individuals and organisations who have gone above and beyond in all fields of endeavour throughout the trucking industry.

Nominations are now open for:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry
  • National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year
  • National Professional Driver of the Year
  • National Training Excellence Award

The awards will be presented at Trucking Australia 2018, to be held from 18-20 April at the National Convention Centre, Canberra during the ATA Foundation Sponsors Gala Awards Dinner. The Don Watson Memorial Award and the TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award will also be presented on the evening.

Nominations close on 16 March 2018.

Nominate someone great

You can also join others from ALRTA and register for Trucking Australia 2018.

BP NATIONAL CONFERENCE PROMOTION

The ALRTA/LBRCA National Conference takes place over 23-24 March 2018 in Coffs Harbour.

This is your chance to attend Australia’s prime livestock and rural transporters conference. BP Australia wants you to get involved and are providing you with $500 worth of BP Fuel Vouchers to get you there. BP are supporting two ambassadorial spots for each member state to ensure that each state has the opportunity to attend and be heard.

To apply to be a conference ambassador, simply tell us in 25 words or less why you want to come to the conference.

Send your application to sponsors@alrta.org.au by 28 February 2018.

For more information about the conference please click here: http://lbrca.org.au/events/

Our Platinum Partner, BP is a long-time supporter of our industry and have played a critical role in helping us achieve ‘on the ground’ outcomes for our members. Please visit https://www.bp.com/en_au/australia.html to find out more about BP.

 

NTI ENCOURAGES PREPARATIONS FOR SEVERE WEATHER

While much of Australia is experiencing enduring sweltering heat and severe weather warnings, NTI is urging transport and logistics owners and operators to be proactive during this period by revisiting emergency plans.

NTI Chief Executive Officer Tony Clark says extreme weather can escalate quickly, so it’s imperative to have an action plan and to be familiar with it.

“Have a plan and make sure it’s communicated well across your people, so that when it comes time for action, it can be implemented without hesitation,” said Mr Clark.
“We see severe weather interrupt business productivity through destruction of transport infrastructure, vehicles, loss of freight and vehicles or whole businesses flooded.”

“Staying abreast of severe weather warnings like storm conditions and fire hazards, across areas of operation, can make all the difference,” he said.

“There are some great online tools and resources for keeping informed during weather events.”

For those on the road or in transit, NTI suggest keeping your radio on for the latest warnings and ensuring you have a safe action plan if driving or working in high risk areas. This may include, but not be limited to: broken-up roads, bushfires, sever rain and flooding.

In the event of continuing to operate in uncertain weather conditions, NTI recommends:

  • Arranging for regular, up to date emergency reports from a reliable source.
  • Making an alternative drive/travel plan which includes at least one detour to your destination.
  • Accounting for additional travel time if transporting time sensitive goods.
  • Devising an evacuation strategy for your people, equipment and stock.

NTI encourage talking to your broker regularly to ensure you have adequate cover.

From all at NTI and ALRTA, get home safe.

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ALRTA News – 9 February 2018

BP NATIONAL CONFERENCE PROMOTION

The ALRTA/LBRCA National Conference takes place over 23-24 March 2018 in Coffs Harbour.

This is your chance to attend Australia’s prime livestock and rural transporters conference. BP Australia wants you to get involved and are providing you with $500 worth of BP Fuel Vouchers to get you there. BP are supporting two ambassadorial spots for each member state to ensure that each state has the opportunity to attend and be heard.

To apply to be a conference ambassador, simply tell us in 25 words or less why you want to come to the conference.

Send your application to sponsors@alrta.org.au by 28 February 2018.

For more information about the conference please click here: http://lbrca.org.au/events/

Our Platinum Partner, BP is a long-time supporter of our industry and have played a critical role in helping us achieve ‘on the ground’ outcomes for our members. Please visit https://www.bp.com/en_au/australia.html to find out more about BP.

 

HEAVY VEHICLE BRAKING

ALRTA has responded to the regulatory impact statement relating to the National Heavy Vehicle Braking Strategy Phase II – Improving the Stability and Control of Heavy Vehicles.

In summary, ALRTA has supported:

  • mandating ESC for trucks and RSC for trailers
  • a specific exemption for converter dollies (with a requirement for through wiring)
  • a requirement for road train rated equipment to supply 24v
  • a manual off-switch that re-engages at speeds above 40kmhr
  • automatic slack adjusters

ALRTA has also recommended that the Australian Government mandate ESC for all trucks over 4.5t, rather than adopting the RIS recommendation to limit application to prime movers only.

Our preferred option will deliver the safest outcome plus expected net benefits of $167m.

 

ELECTRONIC WORK DIARIES

ALRTA has made a submission to NHVR in response to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Electronic Work Diary (EWD) Policy Framework and Standards.

ALRTA does not support the proposal to approve EWDs.

In ALRTA’s opinion, drivers and operators who use EWDs will be far more exposed to potential compliance and enforcement activity.  We have fundamental concerns about whether or not EWDs are compatible with the current regulatory and operational environment that has been built around written work diaries.
Thus far, the NHVR has only released two parts of the proposed regulatory system, being:

  1. EWD Policy Framework; and
  2. EWD standards.

The Policy Framework sets out the NHVR’s approach to administering the EWD provisions of the HVNL and is primarily of interest to regulators. The EWD Standards specifies the technical requirements of EWDs and is primarily of interest to technology developers.

However, by far the most important document for drivers and operators is the Compliance Policy, which has not been released for consideration.  In 2013, ALRTA wrote to the NTC highlighting the critical importance of the EWD Compliance Policy and recommended that priority be given to the development of this document.  Four years later we are being asked to consider a proposal that does not include a Compliance Policy.

It is also unclear exactly what a ‘voluntary’ EWDs will mean in a regulatory context.

On the surface, this would appear to mean that individual operators and drivers could choose to opt into (or out of) EWD use at any time.

However, there is a risk that governments might require EWDs as a condition of NHVAS, PBS, notices or permits and still consider this to be ‘voluntary’.

ALRTA has asked the NHVR to make a public statement clarifying this very important point.

 

ALRTA FUTURE LEADER

The ALRTA has nominated Wade Lewis (LBRCA) as our representative to the ATA Future Leaders Forum which is supported by Daimler Truck and Bus.

The Forum program consists of:

  • Two days of intensive workshops in Canberra on 27-28 March 2018
  • A take-home leadership project
  • A digital check-in meeting
  • Participation in Trucking Australia 2018, to be held in Canberra from 18-20 April 2018

Participants will:

  • Learn how government policy is developed and how businesses and industry associations can have an influence in an effective and ethical way
  • Learn how to handle media interviews
  • Develop a leadership project on a key industry issue with facilitation and mentoring from Wisdom Learning. Participants will present the results at Trucking Australia 2018

Wade is the Intermodal Transport and Logistics Manager at Fletcher International Exports and is the representative to the NHVR and a member of the NSW Freight Connectivity Committee.  Over the past 12 years he has been a driver, logistics manager, intermodal manager and trainer.

Wade’s leadership project aims to deliver reform of the training and professional development platform for the heavy vehicle industry.  A key objective is to inform government of innovative and industry-driven opportunities by identifying training gaps and addressing these through best-practice and recognised training models.

ALRTA thanks the very high calibre applicants for putting themselves forward for consideration.

 

LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY OPERATIONS GROUP

ALRTA National and State Presidents met with NHVR Senior Managers in Brisbane this week to discuss a range of important issues affecting our sector.

Here is a snapshot of some key outcomes:

  • IAP: government and industry stakeholders will meet this month to consider alternatives.
  • Primary producer rego: NHVR is actively considering enforcement challenges.
  • Review of livestock loading schemes: NHVR will commence work on a national notice.
  • Personal private use of a heavy vehicle: NHVR will re-consider if the exemption can be extended to BFM drivers during the 24hr break.
  • EWD: See article above.
  • National Notices: Work is nearing completion on the harmonised B-Double, Road Train and HML notices.
  • Access Portal: NHVR will develop new training materials.

PROGRESS ON USER-PAY TRIAL

Graeme Hoare (LRTAQ), Mathew Munro (ALRTA Executive Director) and Colleen Mays (ALRTA National Officer) met with the preferred host of our user-pay pivot access loading frame trial.  We had originally proposed to locate the trial site in Victoria, but after experiencing delays in obtaining the necessary approvals, the trial site is now likely to be in South East Queensland.

Our team met with site management, discussed information provided by the equipment provider (ProWay) and inspected the loading ramp and vehicle entry arrangements.

We are hopeful of making an announcement soon.

 

FUEL TAX CREDITS

Fuel tax credit rates will increase for fuel acquired from 5 February 2018 (not 1 February as in previous years) in line with indexation of fuel excise duty.
Click here to find the new rates.
Members are reminded about tools available on the ATO website, including:

NATIONAL-STATE CONFERENCE 2018

Does the thought of kicking off your boots and swapping them for thongs for a few days sound good?

The LBRCA and ALRTA are delighted to invite you to Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour on 23-24 March for our 2018 combined conference, which means that your voice will be heard louder than ever!

We’re covering topics ranging from CoR, effluent and load restraint, Land Transport Market Reforms, infrastructure, network connectivity and plenty more!

These are in addition to the briefings by respected government speakers from both the NSW and National arenas.

And of course, there will be plenty of time network and enjoy the social aspects of the event including happy hours, a welcome reception, Friday night Blue Ribbon Surf & Turf dinner and entertainment, Saturday night National Sponsors Dinner and entertainment, the auction of a new Kenworth T610SAR courtesy of Brown & Hurley Coffs Harbour and a golf gala.

So why not grab your thongs, your partner, pack a few clothes and get ready to mix a little work with a lot of pleasure!

Enjoy the sand between your toes, the ocean at your doorstep and leave the rest up to us for a few days!

Register Today:

  1. Complete the registration form and return the LBRCA!
  2. Book your accommodation directly with Opal Cove Resort, quote LBRCA upon booking!

Further information is available from the LBRCA and ALRTA websites.

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BP NATIONAL CONFERENCE PROMOTION

Join us in Coffs Harbour courtesy of BP!

The ALRTA/LBRCA National Conference takes place over 23-24 March 2018 in Coffs Harbour.

This is your chance to attend Australia’s prime livestock and rural transporters conference. BP Australia wants you to get involved and are providing you with $500 worth of BP Fuel Vouchers to get you there. BP are supporting two ambassadorial spots for each member state to ensure that each state has the opportunity to attend and be heard.

To apply to be a conference ambassador, simply tell us in 25 words or less why you want to come to the conference.

Send your application to sponsors@alrta.org.au by 28 February 2018.

For more information about the conference please click here: http://lbrca.org.au/events/

Our Platinum Partner, BP is a long-time supporter of our industry and have played a critical role in helping us achieve ‘on the ground’ outcomes for our members. Please visit https://www.bp.com/en_au/australia.html to find out more about BP.

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ALRTA News – 2 February 2018

PERSONAL USE OF A HEAVY VEHICLE

The ALRTA warmly welcomes the National Work and Rest Hours Exemption (Personal Use) Notice 2018 which allows up to one hour of personal use of a heavy vehicle outside of standard hours.

ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said that the national exemption would harmonise state laws and result in better quality rest for drivers.

“Short-distance drivers can usually make it home to access sleeping quarters, meals or washing facilities, as well as their own private vehicle for personal use.   In contrast, long-distance drivers are often forced to rest at inhospitable locations with no amenities whatsoever,” said President Keenan.

“Uninterrupted sleep, eating well and keeping clean are fundamental to maintaining alertness and vehicle control.  It is also important to relieve boredom during longer breaks in isolated locations.

“This national work and rest exemption will ensure a consistent approach across all Heavy Vehicle National Law jurisdictions and promote better quality rest for long-distance drivers.

“The NHVR must be commended for listening to our concerns and delivering an outcome that improves driver amenity without compromising on safety,” he said.

ALRTA raised this issue during a meeting of the NHVR Livestock and Rural Transporters Industry Operation Group in September 2016 and subsequently wrote to NHVR formally requesting that the matter be included on the NHVR’s work program for 2017.  NHVR commenced formal consultation in September 2017 and ALRTA lodged a detailed submission on behalf of our members in response.

From 1 February 2018, drivers can use up to one additional hour of work time to undertake ‘permitted personal activities’ such as:

  • driving the heavy vehicle to reach accommodation for the driver
  • driving the heavy vehicle to purchase goods or services for use by the driver, such as
    • food and beverages
    • medical support and supplies
    • banking or post office facilities
  • washing or cleaning a heavy vehicle owned by the driver
  • stowing clothes and food in the cab of the heavy vehicle for use by the driver
  • driving the heavy vehicle as part of a historic vehicle event
  • fuelling the heavy vehicle so that it can be used for other permitted personal activities.

The exemption must be used in a single continuous period and is available immediately prior to a long rest break and during a 24hr break.

Several restrictions apply, including:

  • The exemption cannot be used for commercial activities;
  • Employers cannot direct that the exemption be used;
  • The vehicle must be unladen or not towing another vehicle;
  • It cannot be used on consecutive days;
  • It cannot be used in the first or last 3hrs of a 24hr rest break;
  • It is not available to BFM or AFM drivers.

More detail on the exemption can be found here.

 

WESTERN ROUTE OPENED

Animal welfare will be boosted under new rules allowing Western Australian and South Australian livestock operators to avoid cross loading livestock on the border.

Photo (L-R): Sal Petroccitto, David Smith & David Fyfe (LRTAWA)

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the NHVR had agreed to allow 27.5m B-doubles carrying sheep and cattle to a limited network running from the West Australian border to the South Australian Livestock Exchange in Dublin, north of Adelaide.

“This is an important step forward saving time and improving animal welfare for livestock carriers across Western Australia,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“We spoke extensively to the operators in South Australia and Western Australia and agreed these livestock trucks could operate safely and deliver the benefits for this important heavy vehicle sector.

“This shows the benefits of the NHVR working closely with state governments and responding to the needs of industry groups and operators to deliver consistent cross-borders operating conditions.”

Previously B-double livestock carriers could only operate 26-metre vehicles under the Livestock Carrier Notice in South Australia which required cross loading of up to 650 head of sheep per truck on the SA-WA border.

Travel is now permitted for 27.5 metre long B-double combinations on the PBS Level 3A network, from the border to Dublin, via the Eyre Highway, Victoria Parade (Port Augusta), Augusta Highway, Port Wakefield Highway and Carslake Road in Dublin.

Livestock and Rural Transporters Association SA President David Smith said end of cross loading at the border could save up to three hours.

“This was something we were keen to see happen, particularly due to the benefits it brings for animal welfare,” Mr Smith said.

“I’ve done the trip myself to cross load and it’s a difficult situation, transferring livestock alongside the highway.”

Livestock and Rural Transport Association of WA President Stephen Marley welcomed the change for operators carrying livestock or fodder relating to livestock.

“This amendment gives transporters the opportunity to organise their cross-border trips differently by taking advantage of the flexibility being offered,” Mr Marley said.

“This is a good example of jurisdictions working together to achieve positive results for industry.”

For more information can be found here.

 

HAVE YOUR SAY ON REST AREAS

Austroads has commissioned the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to update the 2005 National Guidelines for the Provision of Rest Area Facilities.
The objective of the project is to ensure that national guidelines used by road transport agencies to design and build heavy vehicle rest areas provide optimum support to the management of heavy vehicle driver fatigue as well as other factors.
ARRB has proposed that improvements will be developed around five themes:

  1. Improved parking layout
  2. Improved traffic flow and interaction with other road users
  3. Rural and urban heavy vehicle rest area (HVRA) designs
  4. Major and minor HVRA designs
  5. Incorporation of 3-2-1 Green Reflectors scheme for informal rest areas into the guidelines

ALRTA will consult with our state members and provide feedback to ARRB.
You are also invited to have your say on rest area design. If you can spare 5 minutes, please take the time to respond via the ARRB survey link below.  The survey will be open until 9 February 2018.

ARRB: Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Survey

 

ROLL STABILITY CONTROL

ALRTA and ATA have responded to the Australian Government’s regulation impact statement (RIS) which considers the case for mandating electronic stability control (ESC) for heavy trucks and buses and roll stability control (RSC) for heavy trailers.

ALRTA National Council supports a move to mandatory ESC and RSC with appropriate exemptions for converter dollies and provision for an off-switch for speeds below 40km per hour to negotiate difficult low-speed conditions such as creek crossing and gate entry.

The RIS has proposed several options, all of which cater for our established position.

However, while the RIS proposes mandatory ESC for all trailers (ABS over 4.5t GTM and RSC over 10t GTM), the government has recommended that mandatory ESC apply only to prime movers.

The ALRTA Executive met last week and unanimously agreed that ESC should become mandatory for all trucks over 4.5t GVM.   This is the safest option, saving 148 lives and avoiding 1,496 serious injuries over 15 years.  This option would also result in net benefits of at least $167m.

If agreed, the following implementation dates are proposed for trucks and trailers:

  1. 1 Nov 2019 for new model vehicles; and
  2. 1 Nov 2021 for all new vehicles.

The new rules would not be retrospective.
Operators also need to be aware that the new rules will also mandate automatic slack adjustors and require that trucks and trailers designed for use in road train combinations be equipped with 24v electrical connectors.

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIRED

ALRTA is calling for nominations to provide technical input and best practice advice to the centre of the trucking industry’s policy direction.

The Australian Trucking Association’s Industry Technical Council promotes technical excellence in the trucking industry, and provides technical input into the ATA’s policy direction.

As a member of the ATA, ALRTA is entitled to nominate a representative to the ITC. As ALRTA’s representative, the normal ITC membership fees do not apply.

ITC includes trucking operators, suppliers, engineers and other specialists. It produces Technical Advisory Procedures, Safety Alerts, and makes technical recommendations to the ATA. ITC members may also be nominated to represent the industry on government technical committees.

To represent ALRTA on the ITC, you do not have to be a mechanic or engineer, but you do need to have a keen interest in truck technology and maintenance issues.

If you would like to nominate to represent ALRTA on the ITC, please contact office@alrta.org.au or call (02) 6247 5434.

If you would like to directly join ITC, please visit www.truck.net.au or call the ATA on 02 6253 6900.

ANIMAL WELFARE UPDATE

ALRTA is making good progress on several issues being progressed by our National Animal Welfare Committee.

We have sought letters of support for our application to Standards Australia to establish a national ramp standard.  We now have letters from eight key stakeholders representing various parts of the supply chain.  Signs are positive that we will receive a few more before making our final submission.

Our application to the Building Better Regions Fund to establish Australia’s first roadside effluent disposal facility has been formally accepted by the Department of Industry and is now undergoing a merits review as part of a competitive process.  We hope to bring you some good news on this later in 2018.

Next week, ALRTA representatives will meet with the host of our user-pay PAL frame project.  We have received a quote for the equipment, installation and transport and will aim to have the PAL frame available for use by mid-2018.

 

NATIONAL-STATE CONFERENCE 2018

Does the thought of kicking off your boots and swapping them for thongs for a few days sound good?

The LBRCA and ALRTA are delighted to invite you to Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour on 23-24 March for our 2018 combined conference, which means that your voice will be heard louder than ever!

We’re covering topics ranging from CoR, effluent and load restraint, Land Transport Market Reforms, infrastructure, network connectivity and plenty more!

These are in addition to the briefings by respected government speakers from both the NSW and National arenas.

And of course, there will be plenty of time network and enjoy the social aspects of the event including happy hours, a welcome reception, Friday night Blue Ribbon Surf & Turf dinner and entertainment, Saturday night National Sponsors Dinner and entertainment, the auction of a new Kenworth T610SAR courtesy of Brown & Hurley Coffs Harbour and a golf gala.

So why not grab your thongs, your partner, pack a few clothes and get ready to mix a little work with a lot of pleasure!

Enjoy the sand between your toes, the ocean at your doorstep and leave the rest up to us for a few days!

Register Today:

  1. Complete the registration form and return the LBRCA!
  2. Book your accommodation directly with Opal Cove Resort, quote LBRCA upon booking!

Further information is available from the LBRCA and ALRTA websites.

 

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ALRTA News – 26 January 2018

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY 2018!

The BBQ has replaced the stove, the radio is playing summer festival music, tennis is on the box, it’s beer drinking weather and you can just about eat ham again.…..so it must be coming up to Australia Day!

Not many people get to see and appreciate this wide brown land like our regional trucking companies.  We have a lot to celebrate in this great country of ours and you know it better than anyone!

Happy Australia Day from the ALRTA Secretariat and we hope you celebrate in style!

Aussie Aussie Aussie – Oi Oi Oi!

 

DON’T MISS NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018

Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour will play host to the ALRTA/LBRCA joint national conference on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 March 2018. Both state and national issues will be a core focus including heavy vehicle access, land transport reform, effluent and load restraint, chain of responsibility, loading and unloading infrastructure and the use of technology in our industry moving forward among many more topics.

Though it is not all work, you will also have the opportunity to unwind as we will be offering a variety of additional social events including a Welcome Reception, a round of golf and two happy hours that will precede our Friday Night ‘Blue Ribbon Sponsors’ Surf and Turf Dinner and Saturday Night ‘National Sponsors’ Dinner which will feature a special entertainer. Stay tuned for more info!

range of accommodation options are available to suit each and every delegate and can be booked directly with Opal Cove Resort on 02 6651 0573.

Register here now!

We look forward to seeing you in Coffs Harbour.

 

ALRTA EXECUTIVE

ALRTA Executive met via teleconference this week to discuss EWDs, mandatory electronic braking and our future leaders.  Look out for more news on these important issues soon.

SCHEDULER & YARD OPERATIONS

ALRTA has proposed a change to the final drafts of qualifications for Transport Scheduling and Road Transport Terminal Operations (previously named Yard Operations).

An eagle-eyed member operator noticed that the draft section relating to ‘Care for Livestock in Transit (TLID3020)’ included a requirement for bunding in crates to prevent effluent leakage.

Australian Industry Standards has accepted our proposal for wording changes to the requirements and to the associated compliance assessment mechanism that better reflect current industry practice.

 

COR FOR PRIMARY PRODUCERS

In addition to the video included in last week’s news, NHVR has released a fact sheet for Primary Producers on chain of responsibility laws.

Read the fact sheet here.

 

INTRODUCING OZHELP

OzHelp, one of Australia leading mental health and suicide prevention organisations are extending their programs to the transport industry to equip drivers and other personnel with vital mental health support and practical skills to improve the wellbeing of people who work in this important industry.

“For fifteen years OzHelp has had a strong presence in the construction and mining industries, and over time we have seen increased demand for accessible evidence-based mental health services and suicide prevention education programs in many Australian workplaces,” said Tony Holland, CEO of OzHelp.

“After seeing what OzHelp have provided to other industries, Trans-Help has decided to close their doors and make way for OzHelp to provide their services to the transport industry, taking it to a new level,” said Di Carroll OAM, founder of Trans-Help.

OzHelp will now be expanding the delivery of life-saving mental and physical health programs to continue to improve the lives of professional drivers.

Evidence that transport personnel need better mental health support was revealed in an analysis by the Coroners Court of Victoria which showed that truck drivers had the highest number of suicides of any profession, with 53 drivers taking their own lives between 2008 to 2014.

OzHelp believes that equipping people with practical ways to manage challenging life circumstances and understanding their physical and mental health can have significant positive impacts on personal wellbeing and reduce the incidence of suicide.

“We hope that by increasing physical and mental health literacy and encouraging help-seeking behaviours, we are giving employees the resilience to access support for themselves and their colleagues,” said Mr Holland.

OzHelp is addressing the isolated nature of the transport industry with accessible programs such as their Workplace Tune-Up (WTU) initiative. This is an innovative online physical and mental health screening tool that generates personalised recommendations from support channels including registered nurses and wellbeing coaches.

This program is designed to help employees, while providing employers with a confidential snapshot of the overall health of their workforce to accurately inform, identify and evaluate wellbeing strategies.

Dianne Carroll OAM, says they are excited by the enhancements OzHelp will bring to the industry. “The services and programs they can provide to all of our drivers and their families will continue to improve the mental and physical health of the industry and have the capacity to save more lives.”

“One of the fundamental aspects around our approach is to ensure we do not duplicate services other organisations are providing. This new direction combines 28 years of experience and skill which will enable us to enhance the impact of services, and tailor them to more Australian industries where mental health support is desperately needed,” said Mr Holland.

 

LOCAL LOAD RESTRICTIONS

As the new school year commences, National Transport Insurance (NTI) is reminding all road users to be mindful of local road changes, especially around school and community sporting grounds.

In light of the increase of small to medium sized trucks frequenting densely populated and residential areas, NTI’s Chief Executive Officer says it’s important for all drivers to exercise caution.

“It’s common for speed, parking and usage restrictions to come into practice during school terms, so it’s essential for drivers and dispatchers alike to stay up to date,” said Mr Clark.

“Journey planning can make all the difference – be it seeking alternative routes, or accounting for reduced speed areas and traffic conditions during peak times.”

But there’s more than just the business side of things to think about, he says.

“At the end of the day, the core message is simple and a bit more heartfelt. There’s a lot of emotion around this time of year for families with kids going back to school and many just starting. It doesn’t take much to be patient, respectful and mindful.”

Most school zones are in operation from before and until after school time, and extend beyond the immediate school area.

If your travel zone includes urban and residential areas, NTI advise checking your state’s Department of Main Roads website to stay up to date with current restrictions.

 

REMINDER: CONFERENCE DATES 2018

The ALRTA advises the following conference dates for 2018:

  • 23-24 March:  Joint National-State (LBRCA-ALRTA) Conference – Coffs Harbour
  • 18-20 April: ATA Trucking Australia – Canberra
  • May (TBC): LTAT
  • 31 May-2 June: LRTAQ – Charters Towers
  • 15-16 June: LRTASA – Adelaide
  • 20-21 July: LRTAWA – Bunbury
  • 17-18 August: LRTAV – Bendigo

Now is the time to start planning your trip to one of these informative, productive and fun events.

 

 

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