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.

SUBSCRIBE TO INDUSTRY NEWS SOURCES

There are several free subscription services that can deliver timely news relevant to your road transport business. Here are a few suggestions:

NHVR ‘On the Road’ Newsletter

NTC E-Newsletter

ATA Friday Facts

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