ALRTA News – 11 May 2018

HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET? LTAT CONFERENCE HOBART 2018

The Livestock Transporters Association of Tasmania (LTAT) Conference on Saturday 26 May 2018 in Hobart will tackle some of the biggest issues livestock carriers are facing in the island state.

What: Livestock Transporters Association of Tasmania (LTAT) Conference
When: Saturday, 26 May 2018
Where: RACV/RACT Apartment Hotel, Hobart

Register for the conference here: 2018 LTAT Conference Registration Form

More Information: http://alrta.org.au/about/events/

Keep checking our web page for more information including a detailed program over the coming weeks.

 

ALRTA BACKS CALLS TO PROTECT LIVE EXPORTS

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has backed moves by the Federal Minister for Agriculture, the Hon David Littleproud MP, to instigate a comprehensive review of the capabilities, investigative capacity and culture of the Australian independent regulator for live exports and the establishment of a whistle-blower hotline.

Chair of the ALRTA National Animal Welfare Committee John Beer said that Australian livestock carriers lead the world in protecting the welfare of live animals during road transport and there is no reason why international shippers shouldn’t be held to equally high standards.

“Caring for live cargos is a necessary part of the rural road transport task that is under constant scrutiny by markets, governments and the community,” said Mr Beer.

“The footage shown on 60 minutes last month demonstrated that current practices, monitoring, reporting and penalties applicable to live export vessels are not always delivering the animal welfare standards expected by the community and the livestock supply chain.

“While official statistics show that the mortality rate of 3.8% on the particular voyage in question was not typical, this is no excuse and more must be done to make sure similar incidents do not occur in future.

“As a first world nation with modern values and an enforceable rule of law, it is important for Australia to play a leading role in improving live export standards.

“Over 130 countries around the world export livestock, but in establishing the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock and requiring that all exported animals be slaughtered in approved premises, Australia has gone further than any other nation to protect animal welfare.

“Asian and Middle Eastern markets simply cannot afford to substitute live imports with chilled boxed meat, nor does Australia have the capacity to supply it.

“We already have some of the world’s best live exporters operating in Australia, so rather than surrendering the live export trade to less regulated competitors, we must take a hard look at this incident and do what is necessary to lift our standards further.

“Other nations rely on Australia to supply food to their growing populations and our domestic livestock supply chain benefits from international trade.

“In 2017, Australia exported 2.8 million cattle, sheep and goats valued at $1.4b.  Independent research has shown that saleyard prices for older sheep would be around 18% lower without an export market.

“Live exports support more than 13,000 jobs in Australia, with wages in excess of $1b annually, and the vast majority being in rural areas.

“Domestically, Australian livestock carriers are subject to legislated Land Transport Standards.  Even so, our National Animal Welfare Committee has scrutinised our role in the supply chain and championed several important animal welfare initiatives.

“For example, we have published national guidelines for the safe design of ramps and forcing yards, worked with regulators to establish more flexible driving hours to deal with any animal welfare risk that might arise in transit, merged our truckCare animal welfare accreditation system with the award winning truckSafe system, develop a national effluent control strategy and established LivestockASSIST – a 24hr national hotline dedicated to coordinating emergency responses.

“Our association now has a holistic approach to promoting positive animal welfare outcomes that commences with pre-transit livestock preparation, through loading, transport, unloading and emergency responses in the rare event that things go wrong.  We have published our approach in a National Animal Welfare Policy.

“The ALRTA supports the calls by Australian farmers and exporters to urgently improve animal welfare standards, monitoring, reporting and penalties applicable to live exports.

“We should not back away from this problem and leave it to other countries to resolve.  Australia must identify the root cause of the issue and lead the way by putting the right type of oversight in place as soon as possible,” said Mr Beer.

 

FEDERAL BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

It is Federal Budget week and with an election just over the horizon it has been a tax cuts and infrastructure spending bonanza.

Some of the highlights:

  • A $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund;
  • $3.5 billion for Roads of Strategic Importance to upgrade key freight corridors in regional Australia;
  • Continued funding for the Black Spot and Roads to Recovery programs;
  • Extension of the $20,000 instant asset write off for businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million per year;
  • Extension of the Taxable Payments Reporting System (TPRS) to road freight transport;
  • Businesses will no longer be able to claim deductions for payments to their employees such as wages where they have not withheld PAYG; and
  • New reforms to combat illegal phoenixing activities.

The ATA has produced an excellent summary of the 2018-19 Federal Budget that includes economic forecasts and details about announcements that may affect your business.

Download it here

 

ADMINISTRATION OF FUEL TAX CREDITS

Have you experienced any problems with the administration or processes associated with claiming your fuel tax credits?

If so, please contact the ALRTA Secretariat and let us know by 17 May 2017.  We have an opportunity to feed your issues into an upcoming meeting of the ATO Fuel Schemes Stakeholder Group.

 

HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY TOOLS LAUNCHED

The NHVR has launched a series of tools to help heavy vehicle operators boost the safety performance of their business.

Victorian Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan told this week’s MegaTrans 2018 launch that NHVR’s Safety Management System guidance material and tools would drive a positive safety culture across the heavy vehicle industry and provide a similar systems-based approach used successfully in maritime, rail, aviation and other industries.

“There were 211 fatalities nationally involving a heavy vehicle or a bus last year, including 44 in Victoria, so heavy vehicle safety is a priority for all Australians,” Mr Donnellan said.

“I’d encourage the heavy vehicle industry to look at the free Safety Management System guidance materials and tools available and how they can be used to help meet safety obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

“Adopting and actively using these will reduce safety-related incidents.

“The tools are free for all businesses in the heavy vehicle supply chain and provide a systematic, comprehensive and proactive process to manage operational safety risks.”

The resources include 10 guides and templates, fact sheets and an information book. Further guidance material will be released later this year.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the tools were essential components of a Safety Management System, including safety policy and documentation and most importantly safety risk management.

“A Safety Management System is also an effective way for an organisation to comply with the additional responsibilities under Chain of Responsibility laws in the coming months,” he said.

“Templates can be downloaded from the NHVR’s website to assist businesses to develop their own safety policy, risk management or incident reporting processes, as well as other essential activities.

“We know that heavy vehicle businesses are very diverse so one-size doesn’t fit all. The tools we are launching today and in the future are scalable and can be adapted to any size business.

“Simple low costs steps like appropriate safety training for employees – regardless of their role in the business – makes them part of a business’s safety goals and objectives.”

For more information on the NHVR’s Safety Management Systems visit www.nhvr.gov.au/sms

 

ATA SLAMS UNDER SPENDING ON REST AREAS

The Australian Government only expects to spend $46.4 million of its $60 million budget for truck rest areas and other productivity projects in 2017-18, the Australian Trucking Association can reveal tonight.

ATA CEO Ben Maguire said the figures, buried on page 30 of the Treasury portfolio budget statement, showed the Government needed to focus on delivering its budget commitments as well as announcing them.

“The fatigue laws require truck drivers to take regular breaks, but there still aren’t enough truck rest areas in the right places,” Mr Maguire said.

“When rest areas are available, they are, all too often, filled up with caravans. Their condition can be shocking.

“Over the weekend, I travelled from Dubbo to Melbourne with well-known drivers’ advocate Rod Hannifey. Rod pointed out the many areas where rest areas could have been built at low cost in conjunction with road upgrades. These opportunities were not taken.

“Rod also pointed out that too many rest areas do not include basic amenities like toilets, lighting, water and shade.

“Access to toilets, lighting and water are basic rights. Office workplaces, including for the ATA and government agencies, do not compromise on the provision of these basic rights.

“Our roads and rest areas are a driver’s workplace, and we have little chance of resolving fatigue if we do not provide drivers with the basics they need to do their job of moving Australia’s freight to homes and businesses.

“The Government’s own budget documents show that it expects to be $13.6 million behind on rest area spending in 2017-18.

“The Government needs to focus on delivering its budget commitments and fixing the real problems that Australia’s truck drivers face on the roads whenever they need to take a break,” Mr Maguire said.

 

PRIORITISE SAFETY & ROAD ACCESS IN $24.5B SPEND

The Australian Government should prioritise safety and road access as it rolls out the $24.5 billion in new infrastructure spending announced in the budget, the Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch, said this evening.

“The Government’s $24.5 billion infrastructure boost is great news for all Australians. It will build safer roads and deliver greater efficiencies through our supply chains,” Mr Crouch said.

“Whether it’s spending on road or rail, in urban or regional Australia, the projects will involve an enormous increase in construction truck traffic. These truck movements all need to happen safely.

“The Government announced this evening that businesses tendering for Commonwealth contracts of more than $4 million will be required to show they have a satisfactory tax record.

“The Government needs to go further. Businesses that work on Commonwealth funded projects should not just be required to have satisfactory tax records: they should be required to have good safety records and systems as well.

“Through our TruckSafe program, the ATA is working with the National Road Safety Partnership Program, the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and others to develop accreditation standards for construction truck operators. These include side under-run protection, alert systems and mirrors to cover the front, rear and side blind spots of trucks, and better driver training.

“The Australian Government should mandate these standards for any major infrastructure project that it helps fund,” he said.

Mr Crouch said the Government should make road access for high productivity and oversize/overmass (OSOM) vehicles a key condition of its road funding to the states and local government, including under its new Roads of Strategic Importance (RoSI) initiative.

“Trucking operators that move oversize/overmass freight are in crisis because of the long delays involved in getting permits,” he said.

“It can take more than 80 days to get a permit to transport OSOM steel products on the Transurban tollways in Melbourne.

“A company seeking to move OSOM mining equipment from the Pilbara to Weipa waited more than 100 days for a permit to move the equipment by road through Queensland. In the end, the company transported the equipment by road to Darwin and put it on a barge.

“In total, trucking operators spend 4.5 million days per year waiting for approvals to move freight.

“The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is responsible for issuing these permits in the eastern states and South Australia, but it faces the same problem as our members. It has to wait endlessly for local authorities and other road managers to sign off on the permits. They can take as long as they want and there are no external appeals against their decisions.

“The Australian Government needs to attach conditions on its infrastructure funding to require local councils and the states to get their act together and issue permits in a timely way.

“The industry can’t wait any longer for this crisis to be fixed. The ATA’s members have raised it with us as a key concern; we have listened to their views; the Government needs to act,” he said.

 

AUTOMATED VEHICLES IN AUSTRALIA

If you have 5mins spare you might like to check out the short animation produced by NTC that lays out the steps being taken to prepare Australia for the introduction automated vehicles.

You can find the video here

TRUCK IMPACT CHART

The ATA has updated its Truck Impact Chart with the addition of a short 26 metre Type 1 Road Train (a potential PBS combination) in a A122T22 configuration (five axle semi-trailer towing a four-axle dog trailer).

The TAP continues to be the reference of choice when debating heavy vehicle access.

 

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: LRTAQ CONFERENCE

Registrations are now open for the 2018 LRTAQ Annual Conference to be held 1-3 June 2018 in Charters Towers, Queensland.

The event includes a welcome reception, transport forum, community breakfast, AGM, partners program and the legendary Bull Carter’s Ball.  There will even be pig racing (including a Calcutta) and a classic car display!

Click here for more information.

 

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REGISTRATIONS OPEN: LTAT CONFERENCE

The Livestock Transporters Association of Tasmania (LTAT) Conference on Saturday 26 May 2018 in Hobart will tackle some of the biggest issues livestock carriers are facing in the island state.

What: Livestock Transporters Association of Tasmania (LTAT) Conference
When: Saturday, 26 May 2018
Where: RACV/RACT Apartment Hotel, Hobart

LTAT President, Spencer Griggs, said that the conference is a great opportunity for members and supply chain parties to better understand current or potential legislative changes and have their say on the policies that will shape the future of the industry.

“Having the privilege of being the only Australian State surrounded by a moat, biosecurity is always a key consideration in our industry.   At the conference, we will have an in-depth look into biosecurity, covering the state biosecurity plan, effluent management and other important matters for our members to be aware of.

“The conference will also cover the upcoming transition to NHVR managed roadside enforcement. This is your opportunity to get a heads up on how this will affect operators in Tasmania and what you can do now to prepare.

“Other topics such as animal welfare, driver safety, road access and market dynamics will also be explored in detail.  We have invited representatives from government and industry to make short presentations and then participate in Q&A sessions so that our entire audience can participate in the conversation.

“During the gala dinner following the conference sessions, attendees will be treated to a keynote address by World Champion Axeman and Tasmanian living legend, David Foster OAM.  The dinner is a great chance to socialise in a less formal environment and reflect on learnings during the day.”

Registrations are now open – so be sure to secure your place as soon as possible – preferably before 17 May 2018.

Register for the conference here: 2018 LTAT Conference Registration Form

More Information: http://alrta.org.au/about/events/

Schedule
8:00am – 12:00pm – ALRTA National Council
12:00pm – 5:00pm – Conference Sessions
5:00pm – 6:00pm – LTAT AGM
6:45pm – 11:00pm – Conference Gala Dinner

Keep checking our web page for more information including a detailed program over the coming weeks.

 

LABOR TO REINSTATE ROAD SAFETY REMUNERATION TRIBUNAL

Federal Labor Spokesperson for Workplace Relations, the Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP, has reaffirmed that an elected ALP Government would reinstate the principles of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT).

According to reports in The Weekend Australian Mr O’Connor believes there is support from both unions and employers to reinstate the RSRT.  Labor is already talking with the TWU about whether to set it up as a stand-alone body or as a division within the Fair Work Commission.

ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan, said that the operation and decisions of the former RSRT had threatened the livelihoods of owner drivers and it could not be revived in its previous form without similar consequences.

“The RSRT mandated minimum rates for owner drivers that did not apply to companies using employee drivers.  In many cases, owner drivers immediately became uncompetitive and suffered significant income loss.

“We also cannot forget that the RSRT compelled ‘mum and dad’ owner drivers to give evidence during an Easter holiday period in a court-like environment under the threat of imprisonment.   The RSRT then ignored their testimony, along with over 800 written submissions, and allowed the anti-competitive rates to come into force.

“During the RSRT hearings, it was readily apparent that unions and big transport companies were behind the push to impose mandatory minimum rates on smaller owner drivers.  Why? Because this would drive owner drivers out of the market and into a unionised workforce.

“Once again, it seems that Labor is asking the unions and big employers to design an industrial system for owner drivers with whom they compete.

“If the ALP is resigned to reinstating the RSRT, then the most important groups to consult with should be the very entities that will be regulated – owner drivers.  If mandatory minimum rates were a good thing then owner drivers would be the first to support it.

“ALRTA membership comprises more then 70% owner drivers and we will make our own approach to the ALP to express our view on this critical issue.”

 

NATIONAL CHARGING PILOT

The Australian Government has now called for tenders for work on the first stage of the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot—an important step toward establishing a fairer, more efficient national heavy vehicle user charging system.

Today vehicles 4.5 tonnes and above, which make up about 3 per cent of all vehicles on the road, pay a heavy vehicle user charge—which is collected through the fuel excise system and through state motor vehicle registration charges.

But the Australian Government and state and territory governments have committed to reform the current heavy vehicle user charging system—and part of that reform process will be a series of trials and pilots to test alternative approaches.

“The National Heavy Vehicle User Pilot will lay a foundation for later on-road trials—which will test if we could replace the existing heavy vehicle user charge with a direct user-pays charging system,” Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said.

“Such a system could improve freight efficiency—feeding through to lower prices for consumers and a substantial productivity dividend for the national economy, estimated at between $6.5bn and $13.3bn over twenty years.

“But to get these benefits we need a system which works well for the heavy vehicle industry.  This is why the Australian Government is keen to work with industry to design and run heavy vehicle charging trials.

“Last month I met with a number of key members of the industry to discuss heavy vehicle road reform and how we could progress trials.

“The participants clearly indicated they want to understand the impact a potential new charging system could have on their businesses and customers.

“The research and planning work to be undertaken during Stage 1 of the National Pilot will provide some of the answers and inform how the on-road stages of the National Pilot can best be implemented.

“I have seen first-hand in Oregon and California the important role well-designed road user charging trials play in engaging users in the reform process.”

Participation in the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot will be voluntary and the first two stages will not involve ‘real money’ charges.

For more information on the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot, please visit: infrastructure.gov.au/roads/heavy/charging-trials/index.aspx.

To view the tender documentation for Stage 1 of the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot, please visit: www.tenders.gov.au/?event=public.atm.show&ATMUUID=9C3AC19E-B717-B861-DF787931B5FE32D6

 

NHVR INDUSTRY REFERENCE FORUM

The ALRTA attended the NHVR Industry Reference Forum (IRF) in Brisbane this week.  The IRF is the highest-level industry consultation group with NHVR comprising the CEOs of all major national associations.

The agenda included:

  • An update on the review of industry accreditation schemes;
  • National registration database;
  • Permits;
  • Risk-based safety enforcement; and
  • Safety management systems.

While the discussions were confidential, ALRTA was able to provide input on behalf of our membership and we will bring you more news on these issues as soon as we are able.

 

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: LRTAQ CONFERENCE

Registrations are now open for the 2018 LRTAQ Annual Conference to be held 1-3 June 2018 in Charters Towers, Queensland.

The event includes a welcome reception, transport forum, community breakfast, AGM, partners program and the legendary Bull Carter’s Ball.  There will even be pig racing (including a Calcutta) and a classic car display!

Click here for more information.

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ALRTA News – 27 April 2018

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: LTAT CONFERENCE

Saturday 26 May – RACV/RACT Apartment Hotel, Hobart

You are invited to attend the Livestock Transporters Association of Tasmania (LTAT) conference.  This is the first time in many years that LTAT has held a conference, so it is a perfect opportunity to meet your fellow Tasmanian operators and check out Hobart.

We will be covering topics including road access, biosecurity, health & welfare, market conditions and compliance & enforcement.

You will even hear a motivational keynote address from David Foster OAM – Tasmanian legend and World Woodchopping Champion for 21 consecutive years (thanks to PACCAR & Dealer and PACCAR Parts).

Schedule
8:00am – 12:00pm – ALRTA National Council
12:00pm – 5:00pm – Conference Sessions
5:00pm – 6:00pm – LTAT AGM
6:45pm – 11:00pm – Conference Gala Dinner

Register for the conference here: 2018 LTAT Conference Registration Form.  Please register as soon as possible, preferably before 17 May 2018.

Keep checking our web page for more information including a detailed program over the coming weeks.

 

CALL TO ACTION: REST AREAS

ALRTA asks all members to review the rest area designs and table of facilities that have been developed as part of the draft Austroads Guidelines for Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas.

Please click here to undertake the survey.  It only takes 5 minutes and will be open until 4 May 2018.

For the first time, the ‘facilities table’ lists livestock effluent dumping sites as a ‘desirable’ inclusion.  ALRTA has been liaising with Austroads and the NTC on this matter for some time and we would greatly appreciate your support for the new addition.

This does not mean that all rest areas must have livestock effluent dumping facilities, but it does mean that reasonable consideration should be given based on need, frequency of use by livestock trucks, characteristics of the site, and potential arrangements for maintenance and effluent removal.

After the survey, the draft guidelines will be finalised and approval will be sought from the Austroads Board to publish the guidelines later this year.

 

TRUCKING AUSTRALIA 2018

The ALRTA and our state associations were well-represented at the 2018 Trucking Australia Conference held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra last week.  I’d list our notable attendees but that would spoil the surprises below.

Here are just a few highlights from the event:

  • Wednesday: ATA Board, Council and AGM, followed by auction dinner.
  • Thursday: Official opening by Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC.  Safety Summit. Canberra showcase dinner.
  • Friday: Address by Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP. Meet industry future leaders. Results of Fatigue Hack. National Awards Dinner.

In the words of Wednesday Auction Dinner MC, Tim Shaw, “But wait, there’s more…..”

The ALRTA congratulates the following members recognised at the event:

  • David Smith (D&S Smith Haulage): Re-elected as ATA Vice Chair and finalist in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Industry’ Award category;
  • Ross Fraser OAM (Frasers Livestock Transport): Winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Industry’ Award category;
  • Andy and Michael Divall (Divall’s Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage): Kenworth Legends for 2018;
  • Dean Clarke (Hopkins Transport): Finalist in ‘National Training Excellence’ Award.

Overall, Trucking Australia 2018 was a top notch event – great job ATA!

 

CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY REFORMS

The QLD Parliamentary Transport and Public Works Committee has released a report on the Inquiry into the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill).

Together with the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the Bill will result in parties in the chain of responsibility (CoR) having a positive duty to proactively assess the risks arising from their business practices and put controls in place where it is reasonably practicable to do so.

In response to evidence that some parties in the agricultural supply chain were actively lobbying to either be exempted from CoR or that the changes should be delayed, ALRTA made a formal submission to the Inquiry arguing that:

  • Off-road parties in the agricultural supply chain can, and do, influence on-road safety;
  • there is no case for exemptions; and
  • that the Bills should be enacted without delay.

The Committee has recommended that the Bill be passed.

The Committee has also recommended that the Queensland Transport Minister consider a timely review of the HVNL.  This recommendation is very much in line with ALRTA calls for a full HVNL review in light of the recent approval of voluntary regulatory telematics systems (EWDs) – we are rapidly moving into a digital age with a HVNL designed around paper-based compliance systems.

The Committee report can be accessed here.  For further information on the committee’s inquiry into the Bill, please see the inquiry webpage.

 

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES IN USA

A trucking operator recently sent me a link to an interesting online article about the impact of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) which became mandatory in the USA from 18 December 2017.

Before I go any further, I need to point out that an ELD is not the same as an Australian Electronic Work Diary (EWD).  The differences are:

  • ELD: Mandatory, GPS tracked & synchronised to engine (i.e. logging automatically commences/ends at key-on/off).
  • EWD: Voluntary, optional GPS tracked & not synchronised to engine (i.e. logging commences/finishes when the driver stipulates).

According to the article:

  1. Individual drivers are travelling fewer miles and earning less money – drivers must stop when the working limit is reached.
  2. Truck driver employment has grown by 1.4 – more drivers are needed for the same task.
  3. Freight rates have increased by 10% to 30% – lower productivity per truck means greater demand for freight services.
  4. Pressure has increased to load more efficiently or pay demurrage – ELDs expose the real impact of extended waiting times.
  5. Insurance premiums could rise for drivers that are not ELD compliant – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes individual driver compliance, safety and accountability scores.

It was point 3 that stood out to me the most.

At the 2018 ATA Trucking Australia Conference held in Canberra last week, ALRTA Life Member, Gordon Martin, made a statement from the audience that the biggest challenge facing the industry is that ‘cowboys’ who break the rules push freight rates down for everybody.  Gordon suggested that, despite the perceived negatives, EWDs have potential to be the ‘leveller’ that industry needs.

If the USA experience is anything to go by, Gordon has a pretty good handle on the forces that dictate freight rates in the Australian market.

You can find the full article here.

 

TRUCKS PREVENT FALL FROM BRIDGE

It is hard to judge whether or not the USA experience with ELDs is transferable to Australia.

But, one thing is for sure, the drivers in the USA are human beings too and can take matters into their own hands when required.  If you doubt me just check out this heart-warming story.

Now that’s not something you see every day!

 

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: LRTAQ CONFERENCE

Registrations are now open for the 2018 LRTAQ Annual Conference to be held 1-3 June 2018 in Charters Towers, Queensland.

The event includes a welcome reception, transport forum, community breakfast, AGM, partners program and the legendary Bull Carter’s Ball.  There will even be pig racing (including a Calcutta) and a classic car display!

Click here for more information.

HEADS UP: MEMBER MAIL OUT

Members are advised that you should soon receive a hard copy letter from the ALRTA containing an overview of our achievements over the past six months.  We are keen to keep you informed and to invite your participation in our ambitious policy program.

Please get in touch with the ALRTA or your state association if you want to know more.

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LTAT Conference 2018 – Registrations now open!

LTAT Conference 2018 – Saturday 26 May
RACV/RACT Apartment Hotel, Hobart

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!

You are invited to attend the Livestock Transporters Association of Tasmania (LTAT) conference in Hobart on Saturday, 26 May 2018.

We will be covering topics including biosecurity, access, animal welfare, market perspective and national regulation.

Schedule
12.00 – 5.00pm – Conference
5.00pm – LTAT AGM
6.45 pm – Conference Gala Dinner and Auction

Register for the conference here: 2018 LTAT Conference Registration Form.

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ALRTA News – 20 April 2018

SAVE THE DATE: LTAT CONFERENCE

You are invited to attend the Livestock Transporters Association of Tasmania (LTAT) conference in Hobart on Saturday, 26 May 2018.

This is the first time in many years that LTAT has held a conference, so it is a perfect opportunity to meet your fellow Tasmanian operators and check out the island state.  The LTAT crew often make the effort to come to our ALRTA Council meetings or conferences and it would be great if you can come down and show your support for LTAT.

The conference will commence after the ALRTA Council meeting (1:00pm) and conclude with a dinner event.

Stay tuned for more information including a program and registration forms.

NHVR TO APPROVE EWDS

The NHVR has published a ‘Notice of Final Rulemaking’ which advises that the embargo on voluntary electronic work diaries will be lifted.

It is expected that the NHVR will commence accepting applications to recognise EWDs in May 2018.

Prior to this time, the NHVR will develop and publish regulatory guidance for drivers, record keepers, transport operators and technology providers.  In addition, training standards and guidelines will be provided to authorised officers.

NHVR will review the operation of the voluntary EWD system every two years.

ALRTA reminds members that, while we are supportive of voluntary EWDs being available for operators who wish to use them, we remain strongly opposed to mandatory EWDs.

EWDs count time in minutes and both drivers and enforcement officers will have an easier time of monitoring compliance. While the NHVR EWD Compliance Policy states that the devices will not display work or rest breaches of less than 15mins, operators must be aware that this is not a protection from prosecution.  The Heavy Vehicle National Law only provides for an 8min tolerance on work breaches for EWD users (which is not available to users of written work diaries).

ALRTA recommends that you carefully consider whether or not an EWD is right for your business.

The recognition of voluntary electronic record keeping systems underscores the need for an urgent and comprehensive review of the HVNL which was developed with a paper-based system in mind.  The review must consider fatigue regulations, liability for causes of off road fatigue, access, rest areas and roadside interpretation of compliance.

More information can be found here.

 

HAVE YOUR SAY ON REST AREA DESIGN

Austroads has developed draft Guidelines to assist road agencies to provide heavy vehicle rest areas (HVRA).  Earlier this year, Austroads consulted with drivers through a rest stop survey and an online survey to determine what facilities are important to drivers at different types of HVRA.

The draft guidelines that have been developed cater for major/formal HVRA and informal HVRA. The draft guidelines also recognise and provide some guidance on the adequacy of other rest opportunities for heavy vehicle drivers to rest.

Other rest opportunities include in-town and commercial facilities where their use is permitted by the body responsible (e.g. local government permitting the use of a town as a heavy vehicle rest opportunity and/or operators catering for heavy vehicle rest opportunities at commercial facilities).

The formal HVRA have been classified from 1-5 within the draft guideline. There is also one type of informal HVRA.

The guidelines outline a table of facilities to be considered for each class of formal heavy vehicle rest area and provide schematics of how both the formal and informal HVRA could be laid out. Development of the table of facilities and the designs were based on feedback received from drivers through the earlier consultation.

AustRoads is keen to hear drivers’ views on the table of facilities and the designs developed through a brief survey.  Please click here to undertake the survey.  The survey will be open until 4 May 2018.

After the survey, the draft guidelines will be finalised and approval will be sought from the Austroads Board to publish the guidelines later this year.

 

ROUNDTABLE ON SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE

ALRTA is a member of the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA).

This week, the CEO of COSBOA, Mr Peter Strong, participated in a roundtable discussion convened by the Reserve Bank of Australia to discuss small business finance.

“The small business sector is as diverse as the 6.5 million Australians who work in it – it is not just ‘a bunch of shops’ – and modern lending products must be developed to take account of this diversity”, said Peter Strong.

“One issue that gained a deal of interest was the opportunity to collect and use better data on small business operations to support banking decisions on loan applications”, Peter Strong added.

Other key messages included a stated desire of small owners to run their business without being told what to do by regulators, government or banks; and a call for access to a range of products that are better tailored to the specific needs of small business owners – most of whom are more than capable of looking after their own interests without being overprotected by onerous lending regulation.

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TRUCKING AUSTRALIA 2018

The ATA Board and Council met in Canberra this week ahead of the Trucking Australia Conference 2018 held Wednesday-Friday.

Look out for a full report next week.

REMINDER: NHVR BASELINE SAFETY SURVEY

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) wants to get a snapshot of the way industry currently manage their safety responsibilities.

This baseline measurement will assist in informing decisions around the development of future education and guidance materials.

We encourage ALRTA members to contribute to this important initiative by sharing your experience about working in the heavy vehicle industry.

The survey is open until Wednesday, 9 May 2018 and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

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MEETING NOTICE: ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting on Saturday, 26 May 2018.  Details are:

Start: 8:00am
Close: 12:00pm
Location: Hobart, Tasmania

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

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