ALRTA News – 8 September 2017


ALRTA welcomes the announcement that NHVR has commenced formal consultation on a proposed national work and rest exemption to allow limited personal use of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle.

ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said that a 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.

“In NSW, drivers are allowed up to one hour personal use of a heavy vehicle during a 24hr break to undertake tasks such as cleaning, refuelling or driving for non-work related purposes.

“While ALRTA strongly supports the principle underpinning this limited exemption, it is just as important to promote better rest quality during the working week, and of course NSW is not the only location where such flexibility would be beneficial.

“A national work and rest exemption would ensure a consistent approach across all Heavy Vehicle National Law jurisdictions and promote better quality rest for long-distance drivers,” he said.

The 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.

The NHVR has proposed that the national exemption would apply during the 24 hour rest break and at the end of a shift (prior to a major rest break).  Allowable activities would include: accessing personal effects, cleaning, refuelling or driving for personal reasons.

Consultation is open until 30 September 2017.  For more information click here.


In response to pressure applied by the ATA and member associations, the ATO has formally proposed options to address industry concerns about the lack of consultation on Taxation Determination TD 2017/19 which effectively reduced amount that employee truck drivers can claim per day in travel expenses (excluding accommodation) without detailed receipts, from $97.40 to just $55.30.

ALRTA has consulted with affected members and participated in a meeting of the ATA Economics Committee to consider the proposal.  We expect to bring you some good news on this issue in the near future.


NHVR has commenced consultation on proposals to harmonise several national notices relating to:

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

The aim of the proposals is to minimise the compliance burden by reducing duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders.  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.

ALRTA is currently considering the proposal and is preparing a submission.  If you would like to discuss the proposals, please contact the ALRTA office.


The Australian Parliament has passed the Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Bill 2017 which will require mandatory reporting of selected fuel data from 1 January 2018.

The new rules will assist the Australian Government monitor fuel security to prepare for, and support, an emergency response if supply is disrupted.

Entities that produce, refine or sell fuel (or store fuel to support these activities) will be required to report stock levels no later than 15 days after the end of each month.


ALRTA has formally nominated Chair of the ALRTA National Animal Welfare Committee, John Beer, as the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the second review of the Australian Standards for of the Export of Livestock (ASEL).

The TAC will comprise:

  • An independent Chair;
  • Animal health and welfare experts;
  • Standards development/regulatory expert; and
  • Livestock export industry expert.

The review is expected to take at least two years.


The ALRTA President and Executive Director will be attending the Federal Nationals Conference in Canberra held Friday, 8 Sept – Sunday, 10 Sept.  We have arranged meetings with several party members including the Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash.   More news next week.


Nominations are now open for the 2017 Craig Roseneder Award, which recognises technical and maintenance excellence in the trucking industry.

Sponsored by Castrol Vecton, the award is one of the prestigious National Trucking Industry Awards and celebrates the men and women who work behind the scenes in the trucking industry’s workshops.

The award is open to individuals with a minimum five years’ experience working full time in the Australian trucking industry for a trucking company, supplier or commercial workshop as a workshop manager, mechanic, or support person within the maintenance field for heavy vehicles.

This year’s award recipient will receive a fully paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. This includes return airfares to the USA, full conference registration, five nights premium conference accommodation, partners’ program registration (if applicable) and AUD $1500 spending money.

The recipient will also receive complimentary registration to the 2018 ATA/ARTSA Technical and Maintenance Conference.

Last year’s award winner, Cade Robinson, said, “I was extremely honoured to be selected for the award. Attending the TMC conference in the US was an educational, memorable and humbling experience, and it inspired me to expand my knowledge and explore even more opportunities within this industry.”

Nominations must be received by Friday 22 September. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The award will be presented at the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner on Tuesday 17 October as part of the ATA/ARTSA 2017 Technical and Maintenance Conference (TMC2017).

For more information on the Craig Roseneder Award, and to register a nomination, click here.

View the TMC2017 program and register for TMC2017 now.



Members are advised that the LTAT will be holding an AGM on Friday 15 September 2017.

Annual General Meeting Commences: 2:00pm
Location: Blenheim Inn Hotel, 16 Marlborough St, Longford TAS

The auction will take place during the meeting. Bidding is open to everyone and if you are not present at the AGM, you can submit your bid prior to the auction by phoning LTAT on 0438 363 160.

Items for Auction

  • 2 x steer Tyres Goodyear 5100/5200 (295/80R22-5)
  • 1 x set of 4×4 Wrangler tyres
  • 1 x iPad 9.7 inch 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular

All auction items have been kindly donated by our national sponsor Beaurepaires. Thank you to Beurepaires for their continued support.

For more information please contact the LTAT Secretariat or 0438 363 160


Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting on Friday, 3 November 2017.  Details are:

Start: 8:30pm
Close: 3:00pm
Location: ATA Conference Room, Minter Ellison Building, Canberra.

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

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ALRTA News – 1 September 2017


Last year, the ALRTA requested that the NHVR consider improving and expanding the NSW statutory exemption that allows limited personal private use of a heavy vehicle.  In NSW, a driver may clean, refuel or drive a heavy vehicle for up to 1 continuous hour during a 24 hour break provided that the activity:

  1. is not directed by the driver’s employer OR not for fee or reward; AND
  2. starts at least 3 hours after the beginning of the rest break; AND
  3. finishes at least 3 hours before the end of the rest break.

While the ALRTA understands the reasoning behind HVNL fatigue laws, the reality is that, at any time during a daily or weekly work cycle, a fatigue regulated driver is still permitted to drive a smaller vehicle for private purposes (subject to laws prohibiting driving while fatigued).

There is a broad array of reasons why a heavy vehicle driver who is away from home base, ‘out of hours’, and without access to a smaller private vehicle might benefit from some increased flexibility in allowing limited private use of a heavy vehicle.  For example:

  • Buying a meal
  • Washing clothes
  • Visiting friends or family
  • Accessing basic amenities such as shower or toilets
  • Accessing better quality rest facilities
  • Refuelling
  • Dropping off a vehicle for maintenance or tyres

All of these activities can help improve the quality of life for drivers and the restorative value of compulsory rest breaks.  Even something as simple as relief from boredom can be beneficial in many cases.

ALRTA is pleased to advise members that the NHVR has recently commenced consultation with industry and state jurisdictions on this important issue.  If you have a view that you would like to express, please contact the ALRTA or your state association and let us know.



Last week we let you know that work has now kicked off on developing an industry master code of practice.  This work is expected to take at least 12 months to complete.

This week, the NHVR announced a further extension of six current industry codes that were due to expire on 29 January 2018.   The codes will now expire only upon the introduction of new chain of responsibility laws in mid-2018 (exact date yet to be determined), or until they are replaced by a new code.

These ‘transitional codes’ include:

  • TruckSafe Operator Business Rules and Code of Conduct;
  • Retail Logistics Supply Chain Code of Practice;
  • Heavy Vehicle Transport Off-Farm Grain Carriers Code of Practice (SA);
  • Australian Steel Industry Logistics Safety Code of Practice (Vic);
  • National Logistics Safety Code of Practice (Vic); and
  • Refrigerated Warehouse Transport Association of Australia Chain of Responsibility Code of Practice (Vic).

So, it is business as usual until further notice.



The Australian Government will conduct a second review of the Australian Standards for of the Export of Livestock (ASEL) and is calling for nominations to a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

ASEL was last reviewed four years ago but no agreement was reached on implementing the recommendations.  In our view, the last review failed to properly consider issues relating to receival times at port feedlots and timely communication to transporters prior to loading export vessels.

ALRTA welcomes the second review and will nominate a representative to the TAC.



You are invited to provide input into a review of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework.

This Framework defines the competencies required to obtain a heavy vehicle licence and provides guidance on how these competencies are assessed.

Austroads is reviewing two key areas of the Framework:

  1. Appropriateness and adequacy of the competencies, driver qualifications and links to safety outcomes.
  2. Regulatory and monitoring arrangements used in each jurisdiction covering training and licence assessment.

All input is anonymous unless you choose to provide your details. Summarised survey results will be made available to the ALRTA.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Judy Oswin:

To participate click here.  The survey is open until 8 September.



The ALRTA Executive Director participated in a consultative committee workshop to discuss the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework.

The Framework was developed by the Red Meat Advisory Council to support the Meat Industry Strategic Plan 2020.  The Framework identifies 23 priority areas across four key themes:

  1. Animal Welfare
  2. Environmental Stewardship
  3. Economic Resilience
  4. People & the Community

‘Safe livestock transport’ is a central priority in the Animal Welfare theme which is measured across two indicators:

  1. The % of transporters accredited in the TruckSafe Animal Welfare Module; and
  2. The % of compliance with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock.

While the Framework is a useful start, it does not include other important sustainability factors in the transport sector such as:

  • Road access for higher productivity vehicles (this returns more $ to the farm gate);
  • Quality of loading and unloading infrastructure (this impacts on animal welfare, safety or people and productivity); or
  • Effluent management (vital for protecting animal welfare, road safety and public amenity).

It is intended that the Framework will be used to guide best practice and further research across the beef industry.



The ATA Council met in Canberra this week.  The livestock and rural sector was well represented by:

  • David Smith – LRTASA President and ATA Vice Chair;
  • Linley Miners – LBRCA President & ATA Small Fleet Representative;
  • John Beer – LRTAV Vice President & ATA Owner Driver Representative;
  • Kel Baxter – LBRCA Vice President and Chair of ATA Industry Technical Council; and
  • Mathew Munro – ALRTA Executive Director.

The meeting was primarily focussed on strategic and policy planning.  The aims are to enhance the status and influence of the ATA and to ensure that the ATA policy program is based on a clear vision of the industry we want to be part of in the future.



The ALRTA held a special meeting of the Executive and State Presidents to consider a new national partnership proposal.  Stay tuned for an exciting announcement soon.



Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting on Friday, 3 November 2017.  Details are:

Start: 8:30pm
Close: 3:00pm
Location: ATA Conference Room, Minter Ellison Building, Canberra.

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.



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.



Check out the program and register for the trucking industry’s premier technical and maintenance event, TMC2017, to be held in Melbourne 16-18 October 2017.

TMC2017 is the best money you’ll spend on maintenance all year, with product training workshops from leading suppliers and sessions covering:

  • the new chain of responsibility laws that will apply to maintenance
  • smart braking systems
  • maintenance scheduling
  • slack adjusters, tyre and wheel maintenance, drawbars……..and more!

TMC2017 won’t be all work. Your registration fee includes the PACCAR Parts Fun Night and the Castrol Vecton Awards dinner, featuring the presentation of the Craig Roseneder Award for Technical and Maintenance Excellence and the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award.

Full delegate registrations for TMC2017 are just $595 (inc GST), and include all sessions and social events. Additional tickets for the awards dinner are available.

See the TMC2017 program

TMC2017 is proudly presented by ATA and ARTSA.



Big Rigs the free national transport newspaper has launched a new weekly podcast.

Tune into Big Rigs editor Bruce Honeywill to hear the latest trucking news, discussions with drivers on the road and other key players in the road transport industry.

Go to to subscribe or if you have a podcast app search for “Big Rigs Podcast” and click the subscribe button.

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ALRTA News – 25 August 2017


The ALRTA Executive Director attended a two day ‘Technical Writers Workshop’, jointly hosted by ATA and ALC, to commence developing an industry ‘master code of practice’.

The master code will cut across all areas of the HVNL and be relevant to all operators.  It will assist operators to understand primary duties, due diligence, risk identification and development of appropriate controls.  Importantly, establishing one common master code will reduce overlap and duplication across all other industry codes that may later be developed.

The ALRTA has separately applied to develop a registered code of practice for effluent control – so it is vitally important that our work can interface seamlessly with the master code project.  The master code will cover load restraint in general, whereas our effluent code will provide much greater detail about how to deal with particular types of risk.

This workshop marks the start of a longer process and we will keep you informed as the codes are developed.


Did you know that the NHVR has the ability to automatically re-issue permit renewals when road managers have exceeded the 14 day period to respond?

To ensure a seamless renewal process you need to get your application in at least 14 days before expiry of your permit. You can apply up to six weeks in advance.

If you are unable to submit 14 days in advance, but get your application in before the permit has expired, the NHVR can still expedite the application BUT must wait a full 14 days for road managers to respond before issuing the permit.  This means there will be a gap between the expiry date and when you get a renewed permit even if things go smoothly.

If your application is submitted after the expiry date the NHVR is unable to expedite the application and it will be treated like a new application.

It also pays to provide the NHVR with as much information as possible in your initial application e.g. vehicle details, manufacturers letters, route details, description of location, description of the load etc.


Roads ACT will hand back the processing of Class 1 heavy vehicle permit applications for the Australian Capital Territory to the NHVR on 28 August 2017.

NHVR will now process all heavy vehicle permit applications for Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles in the ACT.  For more information click here.


Is your transport business ready to deal with major animal welfare crisis?  Do you have systems in place to identify and monitor your risks?  Are you aware of your duties?  Do you have an action plan in place?

If not, there is a new online tool that can help.

The National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Research, Development and Extension Strategy has consulted with industry, governments and the community to produce an online ‘Toolkit to Guide Livestock Animal Welfare Contingency Planning’.

The toolkit includes sections for beef, sheep (& goats), pigs, dairy, poultry, feedlots and transport.

Here are some handy documents for transporters:


Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has released a Guide to Safe Use and Design of Cattle Crates.

The Guide provides principles and examples of the safe use and design of crates to reduce the risk of common safety hazards when working on cattle crates.  It applies to new or retro-fit of older crates and includes a number of innovative solutions that are currently being used.

Further information about the factors that impact on the design of cattle crates and opportunities to progress design improvements can be found in the project report Improving the Design of Cattle Crates: Making it Safer for Operators.


The Australian Government has developed a Security Guide for Truck Drivers and Operators, in response to the use of trucks in attacks on crowded places overseas.  It will assist drivers and owner operators with some practical security guidance. It incorporates:

  • the relevant threat context;
  • security measures that can be taken;
  • indicators and warnings to assist in attack mitigation; and
  • how to report to law enforcement.

The guidance can be found here.


Owning or working in small business can sometimes feel like a roller-coaster ride.  With so much at stake the constant mental pressure can really take its toll.

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is conducting important research to guide the development of new programs to enhance mental health and wellbeing in the small business sector.

They need your perspective on mental health challenges within the workplace, accessibility of health programs and the types of programs that may be most suitable.   The 100% confidential survey is available to everyone – you don’t have to have experienced a mental health challenge.

To complete the research survey, click here.


The ALRTA recently made a detailed submission to the Australian Government Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.  We made recommendations in three priority areas:

  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.

Now it is your turn to have a say on the potential changes to our freight and supply chains that might occur over the next 20 years.   The survey is anonymous and takes no more than 30min.

Click here to participate.


The Australian Government has found that the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) is a highly effective advocate for small business.

You probably last heard about the ASBFEO when it came to aid of owner drivers facing ruin thanks to the Road Safely Remuneration Tribunal.  The ASBFEO pulled no punches even though it was up against a fellow government agency.

You can read the review report here.


One of the highlights from the 2017 ALRTA-LRTAQ Joint National-State Conference was the presentation on roll-overs given by the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Mike Robertson (Engistics).  Mike is presenting in-depth load restraint training over a full day in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth during September 2017.

To find out more click here.

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ALRTA News – 18 August 2017


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.



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.



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.



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.



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 (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.



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)


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


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:

More about the restoration project:

More about MND & Me Foundation:

More about NTI:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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