ALRTA News – 14 July 2017

TRUCKCARE REVIEW WORKSHOP

The 2nd TruckCare Review Workshop was held in Canberra this week with a focus on how to comply with the revised standards.  Agreement has also been reached on a new name for the system – stay tuned for an announcement soon.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO ROAD RULES

The NTC has released a package of proposed amendments to the Australian Road Rules for Public consultation. Most of the proposals are general in nature , but there are some interesting proposals relating to mobile phone, visual display units and heavy/long vehicles stopping on a road.

ALRTA Council will consider proposals in August 2017.

More information can be found here

NEW RULES FOR INTERNAL LABOUR HIRE

Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers have advised ALRTA that new legislation passed in Queensland has introduced Australia’s first licensing system for the labour hire industry.

This means that transport companies providing labour hire to other companies in the same group will need to be licensed or significant penalties will apply.

Check out this alert for more information.

MEETING NOTICE: ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting on Thursday, 10 August 2017.  Details are:

Start: 2:00pm
Close: 9:00pm
Location: RACV Torquay Resort, 1 Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Victoria.

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

UPCOMING EVENTS

LRTAV Conference

The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 11-12 August 2017 at the RACV Resort in Torquay.

Check here for more information.

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ALRTA News – 7 July 2017

ALRTA WELCOMES OUR NEWEST PLATINUM SPONSOR: BYRNE TRAILERS

ALRTA is delighted to announce a national partnership with Australia’s leading manufacturer of specialised Livestock and Bulk Transport Equipment – Byrne Trailers.

A proud family owned and operated business, Laurence Michael (Mick) and Teri Byrne founded Byrne Trailers in 1974 in Peak Hill, NSW.  Today, Mick takes an advisory role while Teri continues to actively work in the business.

In 1998, Byrne Trailers established extensive manufacturing facilities in Wagga Wagga and in 1993 added an additional manufacturing and service depot in Toowoomba.  There is also a sales office in Noosa.


Photo: President Keenan and David Byrne at the Byrne Head Office in Wagga Wagga.

Over the years, Byrne have been credited with designing and commercialising a number of revolutionary monoque trailers including the 4×2 convertible livestock trailer and the 2 deck cattle trailer.  Byrne were the first in the industry to introduce airbag suspensions.

This innovation continues today with the introduction of an amazing stainless steel product range.

Byrne also operate a rental service with a range of trailers available including flat tops, road train dollies, tippers, drop deck and walking floor.

We encourage all members to consider Byrne Trailers when you need a new trailer, rental, service or repair.

Click here to learn more about Byrne Trailers, including contacts and detailed product information.

 

SELF CLEARING DEFECT NOTICES

The NHVR has introduced a new category of vehicle defect notice known as a ‘Self-Clearing Defect Notice’.

From 1 July 2017, authorised enforcement officers will have the option of issuing a self-clearing defect notice for non-safety related defects such as a cracked light lens, chipped windscreen (outside the normal field of vision), obscured number plate, or a failed brake light (when all others are working).

Operators will have 28 days to rectify the defect and will not have to present the vehicle to an approved person to clear the notice.

Authorised officers will be able to check on past self-clearing defect notices at future intercepts and a $3,000 fine will apply if the defect has not been rectified with the 28 day period.

The new defect notice option will reduce red-tape and unnecessary cost.  In most cases, the cost of taking vehicle off the road for inspection far outweighed the cost of rectifying a minor defect.  Operators in remote areas should especially benefit from the change.

The NTC recommended the change following the 2015 Review of Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness.

The ALRTA applauds the NTC and NHVR for the change, even though it might be said that it is long overdue.

 

LRTAWA CONFERENCE

The ALRTA National President and Executive Director attended the LRTAWA Annual Conference held in Bunbury last weekend.  The conference was opened with a special video message from Prime Minister Turnbull after which operators had a chance to ask questions during a forum with Main Roads WA.

There were certainly a lot of questions asked and suggestions made about further road improvements.  The new self-clearing defect notices in the Eastern States hadn’t gone unnoticed and operators pressed Main Roads WA to follow the NHVR’s lead as soon as possible!

Dr Rod Thompson gave an important presentation about the role of heavy vehicle drivers being aware of and reporting unusual livestock disease symptoms.  There is a lot on the line when a foot-and-mouth outbreak could effectively shut down our industry for a minimum of two years.

There was a strong focus on new technology and how this will impact on our transport future.  Mr Craig Rispin gave a thought provoking keynote address in which he told us that the Uber of freight has already started…are you ready for the changes? NHVR advised delegates about work underway to establish an AFM template that can allow WA drivers to operate seamlessly in Eastern States.

Sometimes the best entertainment you can have at a function is a great MC, and Mr Tiny Holly certainly delivered that on Saturday night.  There were times when I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but the man truly knows how to play a crowd.

I’d also like to make special mention of LRTAWA members and supporters who put themselves on the line to raise more than $5,000 to help kids with cancer.  Who would have thought that a dunking machine could make such a difference in just 30min?

ALRTA congratulates the LRTAWA Executive elected at the AGM:

·         President: Stephen Marley

·         VP Livestock: Shannon Dawson

·         VP Bulk: Darren Power

·         Treasurer: Mark Sullivan

 

BRAKING WORKING GROUP

An ALRTA Working Group met via teleconference this week to discuss the Federal Government’s proposal to mandate electronic stability control on all new trucks and trailers.  While we are generally supportive of the proposal, the working group is refining our position by discussing options for exempting road train dollies and voltage issues for longer combinations.

ALRTA and ATA are working on a joint submission ahead of a regulatory impact statement expected next month.

 

POP INTO OUR NEW OFFICE

The ALRTA National Secretariat has officially moved into our new office in the ATA owned building.  If you are in or around Canberra, please come and say hello!  You will find our door right between the ATA and NatRoad.

You can find us at:

Level 3, Minster Ellison Building
25 National Circuit
Forrest ACT 2603

 

REMINDER: LOAD RESTRAINT GUIDE 

The NTC is consulting on proposed changes to the Load Restraint Guide.

Check out the revised version here.

If you spot any problems or have any suggestions, please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LRTAV Conference

The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 11-12 August 2017 at the RACV Resort in Torquay.

Check here for more information.

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ALRTA News 30 June 2017

NATIONAL ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE

The ALRTA National Animal Welfare Committee met via teleconference this week.

Most of the meeting was devoted to planning the initial stages of our user-pay unloading frame demonstration project (funded under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Initiative 2017-18) and developing an agreed strategy to establish a managed effluent disposal facility in a strategic roadside location in South East Queensland.

The Committee has also written to MLA seeking a review of the national fit-to-load guide in the next 12 months.

We regret to report that Safe Work Australia has declined our recent project proposal to develop national crate standards to replace the piecemeal approach taken across different jurisdictions.  While acknowledging that our proposal has merit, SWA will be at full capacity for the next 18mths after having been directed by Ministers to develop a series of new model codes of practice under national workplace health and safety laws.  We will revisit the issue down the track.

 

BE PART OF NEW FATIGUE RESEARCH

What’s happening? 
The Alertness CRC, with the NTC, is conducting field research to analyse the impacts of the HVNL on work and rest hours on heavy vehicle driver fatigue. The research will measure sleeping patterns, driver drowsiness and driving performance both on the road during real-world work shifts and off the road in a laboratory/controlled track setting.

Why? 
Until recently, we haven’t known enough about how the current laws are impacting heavy vehicle driver fatigue and related road safety risks, as we didn’t have the scientific tools to measure this impact. With the development of improved alertness monitoring devices, we now have the capability to undertake research to objectively measure drivers’ alertness across a work schedule, to monitor driving impairment indicators, and to measure the quality and quantity of drivers’ sleep during minimum rest periods, so enabling us to provide quality data and evidenced guidance in support of any future reforms.

Who might be interested in the project? 
Any heavy vehicle operator or driver who is interested in supporting naturalistic driving research to better understand driver fatigue in the industry, and who is interested in championing evidence-based law reform.

Drivers with a heavy vehicle truck licence who are fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle drivers under the HVNL. You should undertake either local work or long-distance driving (minimum 30 hours a week driving), and must work either standard hours or BFM.

Heavy Vehicle Operators, including BFM operators, whose drivers can be made available. Operators of all sizes, including owner-operators, and operators across all industry sectors, including livestock and dairy, are welcome to participate.

What will research involve? 
Phase 1 is an on-road field trial that will assess drivers’ alertness levels, sleep, and driving impairments in naturalistic/real-life driving conditions. Phase 2 will include a controlled study in a laboratory and on a closed-loop test track that will evaluate how simulated shift patterns, and other features of heavy vehicle work schedules allowed under the HVNL (e.g. placement of sleep and work periods), impact drivers’ alertness levels and driving performance.

We are also interested in interviewing selected drivers to better understand their experiences under HVNL and the operational considerations of the research.

If you are interested in contributing to this research, or would like to find out more, please contact: med-crc.drivealert@monash.edu

 

CHANGES FROM 1 JULY 2017

As always, 1 July 2017 is an important date with several changes occurring to laws, taxes and charges.  Just click on the links below to find the necessary information:

Changes to the HVNL and NHVR Fees

Changes to Registrations

Changes to the Road User Charge

Changes to Fuel Tax Credit Rates

Don’t forget the ALRTA National Office is also moving from 1 July 2017.  There may be some disruption to our normal services during the relocation due to risks associated with moving our telephones and IT platform.  If you are have not received a response to an enquiry in a timely manner you can contact the ALRTA Executive Director on 0421 082 489.

You can find our new physical and postal address on our website.

 

MLA UPGRADES ASSURANCE PROGRAM

MLA has announced several changes to the Livestock Production Assurance Program to further safeguard Australia’s enviable status as a world leader in red meat safety, integrity and traceability.

From 1 October 2017:

  1. Two new modules will become requirements of LPA accreditation: on-farm biosecurity and animal welfare practices.
  2. LPA-accredited producers will need to renew LPA accreditation every three years. As part of this, producers will need to complete an assessment and pay a $60 (plus GST) fee every three years.
  3. Online learning modules will be available to help producers understand their obligations.
  4. A free electronic LPA National Vendor Declaration (LPA eNVD) will be available.

The changes are designed to ensure Australian red meat maintains its global reputation and stays ahead of its competitors. They will ensure our integrity system continues to meet customer expectations, and will give producers the evidence to stand by what they sell.

By having a renewed process of accreditation, producers will better understand their on-farm responsibilities and the crucial role they play in driving the growth and prosperity of our industry.

The changes will complement the review and relaunch of TruckCare later this year and further demonstrate that consumers are increasingly conscious of animal welfare, food safety and environmental issues.

NATIONAL TRUCKING AWARDS

ALRTA congratulates the winners in each category of the National Trucking Awards presented last weekend at the Trucking Australia Conference.

You can check out more information on each of the winners here.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LRTAWA Conference

The ALRTA President and Executive Director will be attending the LRTAWA Annual State Conference 30 June – 1 July 2017 at the Light House Beach Resort in Bunbury.

LRTAV Conference

The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 11-12 August 2017 at the RACV Resort in Torquay.

Check here for more information.

 

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ALRTA News – 23 June 2017

APPLY NOW: SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD

ALRTA and NHVR remind members that nominations for $5,000 joint 2017 Safety Innovation Award will close on 30 June 2017.

More information and application forms are available here.

 

LRTASA CONFERENCE

The ALRTA National President and Executive Director attended the LRTASA Annual Conference held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre over 16-17 June 2016.  Attendance levels were excellent with around 300 delegates at the Saturday gala dinner.

The Conference was opened by South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon Stephen Mullighan MP, who focused his address on heavy vehicle charging, infrastructure improvements in South Australia and the progressive handover of responsibilities from South Australian agencies to the NHVR.

Minister Mullighan and the ALRTA are in strong agreement that the current charging system is broken, but it is fair to say we have quite different perspectives about the cause.  While the Minister considers that the main problem is that the revenue collected under PAYGO and the Road User Charge is not quarantined for use on future road spending, the ALRTA considers that the main problem is that Ministers are over-recovering road-related spending that has occurred in the past.

A big change that has occurred in South Australia over the past year is that the NHVR is now responsible for heavy vehicle related prosecutions.  If this was to be extended to other jurisdictions (and I am told that other jurisdictions have expressed a strong interest), then there is potential for a nationally consistent approach and an enhanced ability for investigations to cross borders.

You may also be interested to learn that the NHVR prosecutor is treating state and local governments that operate trucks or make demands in the supply chain in exactly the same manner as commercial entities.   There have been several investigations and at least one local government entity is about to be the subject of a prosecution!

ALRTA congratulates the LRTASA Executive elected at the AGM:

·       President: David Smith

·       Vice President: Scott Quinn

·       Vice President: Adam Pengelly

·       Treasurer/Secretary: Hayley Masson

Every year I have included a photo of the Minister making his opening address, but this year I’ll make a change and show you the fun atmosphere of the dinner and the absolutely delicious lamb chops that I look forward to every year.

 

ALRTA HEADS TO THE TOP END

President Keenan and I headed straight up to Darwin after the LRTASA Conference for the ATA Council Meeting and ATA’s Trucking Australian Conference.

ATA Council Meeting

The livestock and rural sector was well represented at the ATA Council meeting by David Smith (ALRTA), Linley Miners (Small Fleet), John Beer (Owner Driver) and Mathew Munro (ALRTA).

The Council considered fuel tax credits, vehicle width policy, freight and supply chain strategy, development of a master code of practice, ATA election rules and the future of Road Freight NSW as an independent entity.

ALRTA congratulates the ATA Vice Chairs elected at the meeting: David Smith (for a second term) and Austin Vella.

Trucking Australia Conference

Our representatives were joined by many other familiar faces from our industry including LRTAWA President, Stephen Marley, LBRCA Vice President Bulk, Kel Baxter, and two Cummins Scholarship winners Marla Stone and Athol Carter. Yes, the weather was rather hot, but thankfully dry.

Much of this year’s conference was focused on preparing operators for the future.  We heard from a futurist about emerging technologies, the NTC about future regulation, the ALC about the new master code under development, about the new chain of responsibility laws due to come into force next year as well as how to prepare our northern regions for Australia’s transport future.

It was fitting that there was an autonomous passenger vehicle operating just outside the conference venue – a 12 seater bus that does the rounds of the Darwin water front.  It did have an ‘operator’ present inside, but apparently that was just because people are too afraid to use it without a responsible person present!

This years’ Kenworth Legends were Roger Pickering (Pickering Transport Group) and Loraine and Peter Gilbert (Gilbert Transport Services).  While our ‘legends’ have built very successful businesses, they sounded a strong warning about the ever growing level of red tape and regulation that is suffocating their operations.  Even in the context of a ‘future focus’ we ignore the past at our own peril.

The event was topped off by a Gala Dinner on Saturday night and presentation of the Australian Trucking Awards (details of winners next week)

 

TRUCKSAFE BOARD CHANGES

ALRTA congratulates Ferdie Kroon on his election as Chair of the TruckSafe Board.  Mr Kroon is the risk and compliance manager with De Bruyn’s Transport Tasmania.

Stephen Marley (LRTAWA President) has retired from the TruckSafe Board after 17 years in the role, including six as Chair.  Mr Darby Sullivan and Mr Darren Nolan have also retired.

Joining the Board are David Rogers (LRTAV Vice President & DT Rogers Bulk Transport) and Paul Fellows (Fellows Transport).

REMINDER: ALRTA IS MOVING

Members are advised that the ALRTA National Secretariat is moving across Canberra to the centrally located ATA owned building in Barton.  We are planning for the move to occur between 27 June and the week commencing 1 July 2017.

There may be some disruption to our normal services during the relocation due to risks associated with moving our telephones and IT platform.  If you are have not received a response to an enquiry in a timely manner you can contact the ALRTA Executive Director on 0421 082 489.

Our new postal address is:

PO Box 4233
Manuka ACT 2603

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LRTAWA Conference

The LRTAWA Annual State Conference will be held 30 June – 1 July 2017 at the Light House Beach Resort in Bunbury.

For more information contact: admin@lrtawa.org.au

LRTAV Conference

The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 11-12 August 2017 at the RACV Resort in Torquay.

Check here for more information.

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ALRTA News – 16 June 2017

APPLY NOW: SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD

ALRTA and NHVR remind members that nominations for $5,000 joint 2017 Safety Innovation Award will close on 30 June 2017.

More information and application forms are available here.

 

CUMMINS SOUTH PACIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS

The ATA has announced the winners of the Cummins South Pacific Scholarship.

The scholarship recipients will attend Trucking Australia 2017, next week to share their suggestions on how to improve safety or business viability in the trucking industry.

The 2017 Cummins South Pacific Scholarship recipients are:

  • Marla Stone, Agri-Trans (Pyalong, Victoria)
  • Athol Carter, Frasers Livestock Transport (Warwick, Queensland)
  • Hayden Barlow, Unanderra Tanker Hire (Wollongong, NSW)

ALRTA congratulates the award recipients!

 

MINISTER CONSULTS ON CHARGING 

On Wednesday this week, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure, hosted a roundtable in Canberra to seek industry views about how heavy vehicle charging decisions are made.

Several industry associations were represented including ALRTA, ATA, ALC, NatRoad, NFF and the Minerals Council.

The consultation follows the release of a government discussion paper on options for independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges.  The roundtable was a good opportunity to candidly explore the proposed options and gauge government perspectives around how far heavy vehicle charging reform will ultimately go.

The ALRTA is strongly supportive of independent price regulation.  The main problem with the current charging system is thatMinisters do not need to accept the recommendations put forward by the NTC.  This has resulted in close to $1bn of overcharging.

However, the entity that is most appropriate for making the charging determinations will largely depend on what type of system is adopted.   If we stick with a PAYGO type cost recovery system, it may be appropriate for the NTC to continue its current role – but it would make binding determinations rather than recommendations.

If Ministers opt for full economic reform with a forward-looking cost base and a complex charge allocation system (e.g. mass, distance, location), then it may be more appropriate for a body such as the ACCC to make the determinations.  ACCC already has a similar role for other network assets such as gas, electricity and water.

Other important topics of discussion were transitional arrangements, merits review and ensuring national consistency in charges.

ALRTA will consult with members and develop a submission by the closing date of Friday, 14 July 2017.

 

REVISED LOAD RESTRAINT GUIDE

The NTC has released a new draft version (the third edition) of the Load Restraint Guide which is designed to provide drivers, operators and other supply chain parties with practical advice on how to transport a load.  Experience also shows that the guide is referenced by enforcement authorities.

ALRTA has provided input into developing a new section of the guide on the transportation of livestock.  Importantly, for the first time, the guide now includes references to livestock preparation practices and effluent control, specifically stating that this responsibility is shared by all supply chain parties.

The revised guide is open for public comment until 4 August 2017.

You can find a copy here.

 

NTC INDUSTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Last Friday, Mick Debenham (LRTAV) represented ALRTA at an NTC Industry Advisory Group meeting in Melbourne.  Topics included:

  • Update on NTC work program for 2017-18
  • The future of regulation
  • Automated vehicles
  • The Land transport productivity framework

Mr Debenham also took the opportunity to update NTC on the ALRTA’s recent effluent study tour of NZ and discuss options for clarifying the application of chain of responsibility under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

 

PROPOSAL TO REVISE REST AREA GUIDELINES

ALRTA is pleased to advise that on 6 July 2017 the Austroads Board will consider a project proposal to update the Austroads Guidelines on Rest Areas.

The project proposal was discussed by the joint Austroads Freight Task Force/Freight Industry Consultative Group meeting in February 2017 and subsequently approved ‘in principle’ by the Austroads Board.

If final approval is given, ALRTA will commence consulting with members about much needed improvements in the design, location and number of heavy vehicle rest areas.

 

ALRTA IS MOVING

Members are advised that the ALRTA National Secretariat is moving across Canberra to the centrally located ATA owned building in Barton.  We are planning for the move to occur between 27 June and the week commencing 1 July 2017.

There may be some disruption to our normal services during the relocation due to risks associated with moving our telephones and IT platform.  If you are have not received a response to an enquiry in a timely manner you can contact the ALRTA Executive Director on 0421 082 489.

Our new postal address is:

PO Box 4233
Manuka ACT 2603

All other contact details will remain the same.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Trucking Australia Conference

The ATA’s premier annual event ‘Trucking Australia 2017’ will be held 21-23 June 2017 at the Darwin Convention Centre.  The program is a mix of entertainment and business activities featuring the Kenworth Legends Luncheon, chain of responsibility master class and the National Trucking Industry Awards.

Register here.

LRTAWA Conference

The LRTAWA Annual State Conference will be held 30 June – 1 July 2017 at the Light House Beach Resort in Bunbury.

For more information contact: admin@lrtawa.org.au

LRTAV Conference

The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 11-12 August 2017 at the RACV Resort in Torquay.

Check here for more information.

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