ALRTA News – 29 September 2017


As per the ALRTA Constitution, the ALRTA Executive elected at the AGM on 10 August 2017 will take office for a one-year term from 1 October.
Your National Executive for 2017-18 is:

  • National President: Kevin Keenan (LRTAV)
  • Vice President: Scott McDonald (LBRCA)
  • Vice President: Stephen Marley (LRTAWA)
  • Treasurer: Ron Pattel (LRTAQ)
  • Secretary: John Beer (LRTAV)
  • ATA Representative: David Smith (LRTASA)
  • Immediate Past President: Grant Robins (LRTAWA)

ALRTA thanks Graeme Hoare for his enormous contribution during his time as ALRTA Vice President over the past three years.



The ALRTA Animal Welfare Sub-Committee met via teleconference to discuss ramps, user-pay infrastructure and effluent control.

The ALRTA was written to Standards Australia expressing our support for the Victorian Coroner’s recommendation to consider the feasibility and desirability of developing a single Australian Standard for the construction, inspection and maintenance of livestock ramps and induction to premises containing such ramps.

The recommendation was made as part of an investigation into the death of Chad A Lynch who was killed when a livestock ramp collapsed.

In June 2015, ALRTA published a National Guide for Safe Design of Livestock Loading Ramps and Forcing Yards.



The ALRTA Marketing Sub-Committee met via teleconference to discuss sponsorship arrangements and commence planning for the 2018 joint LBRCA-ALRTA National Conference. ALRTA will be launching a new sponsorship arrangement with a commercial partner in October 2017.



The RSPCA has released Approved Farming Scheme Standards – Dairy Veal Calves which are now available here.  There are now published standards for meat chickens, layer hens, turkeys, pigs, salmon and dairy veal.

Only transporters that have been assessed by RSPCA Australia may be used under RSPCA Approved Farming Schemes.



Lameness in animals is defined in a range of regulatory instruments and guides.  Drivers and operators need to be aware of how to assess lameness so that good decisions can be made when loading and transporting livestock.

Animal Angels has kindly provided ALRTA with a summary table of lameness definitions and scoring methodologies which were originally prepared by the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

To view the table click here.



The NHVR’s ‘On the Road’ Newsletter advises that:

  • Consultation on the Personal Use Exemption ISextended to 13 Oct 2017.
  • The Customer Portal has been upgraded.
  • Phase 2 Chain of Responsibility information sessions will be held Oct-Nov.
  • An NHVAS Auditor Technical Competency Course will be held 26-27 Oct 2017.
  • Changes will be made to area permit application processes.

For more information or to subscribe click here.



Members are reminded that consultation is currently open on:

Personal Use of a Fatigue Related Heavy Vehicle
National HML Declaration
Class 2 B-double Notice
Class 2 Road Train Notice
Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice
National Road Safety Strategy
PBS Marketplace Review

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ALRTA News – 22 September 2017


The ALRTA has lodged a submission in response to the NHVR Issues Paper on the 2017 Drafting of the National HML Declaration.   We have supported several of the proposals to harmonise HML rules across HVNL jurisdictions including:

  • Implementing HML limits by axle group rather than heavy vehicle combination types;
  • Requiring NHVAS Mass Management accreditation for tri-axle groups;
  • Requiring road friendly suspension (RFS);
  • Allowing 22.5t for a triaxle group; and
  • Not requiring the HML declaration to be carried by the driver in either physical or electronic format.

ALRTA has ‘in principle’ supported using a combination of vehicle type and HML overlays to determine appropriate vehicle routes as is currently done in QLD.  However, we have stressed that the QLD IT platform which displays a series of disjointed PDF maps of differing scales is the worst in Australia.  As far as possible, NHVR should work towards ensuring that operators can zoom in and out of a national map and view the entire route at one time.

In the case of a tri-axle, the rationale for increasing allowable mass is as follows:

  • GML – 20.0t – No special requirements
  • CML – 21.0t – NHVAS Mass Management Module
  • HML – 22.5t – NHVAS Mass Management Module + Approved Road RFS

However, under current HML arrangements, there is no payload advantage when installing RFS on a tandem group already operating at CML.  ALRTA has proposed that 0.5t additional mass be allowed.

ALRTA has argued that there is no justification for the application of IAP as a mandatory requirement for HML in NSW and QLD.  After eight years of operation of IAP, it is time to face the facts. Mandatory IAP in NSW and QLD:

  • Is based on a poor technology platform that relies on continual driver declarations;
  • is the primary factor preventing greater uptake of HML by eligible vehicles on gazetted HML routes;
  • Greatly erodes the productivity gains of operators who do take up HML;
  • Rarely improves ‘last mile’ access to the farm gate;
  • Does not protect vulnerable infrastructure;
  • Generates millions of false non-conformances annually; and
  • Has not resulted in a single successful HML related prosecution.

If Australia is to fully realise the projected $1.8bn in productivity, safety and environmental benefits promised by a nationally consistent approach to HML then it is imperative that the NHVR insists on a central role in developing and administering a nationally consistent, risk-based, approach to IAP.

This needs to go much further than the note included in the Issues Paper that the NHVR will review IAP and telematics in terms of their administration and application.

The ALRTA has strongly recommended that the NHVR should:

  • propose to remove IAP as a mandatory condition of HML and instead develop a new ‘route integrity’ component of the NHVAS Mass Management module that could be supported with a modern telematics system chosen by each operator;
  • immediately commence work on nationally consistent, risk based, guidelines for the application of IAP as a road access condition; and
  • propose to governments that Section Division 3 Section 14 (3) and (4) of the MDL Regulations be amended to:
    • Require jurisdictions that propose IAP as an access condition to provide reasons with reference to the national IAP guidelines;
    • Require the NHVR to assess the validity of the reasons given with reference to the national IAP guidelines; and
    • Empower the NHVR to grant access approval, but refuse the IAP condition, if not satisfied that the reasons comply with the national guidelines (after notice given to the road manager of the intention to refuse the condition and the road manager is given a reasonable opportunity to modify or withdraw the proposal).



LRTAV member, Marla Stone, and ALRTA Executive Director, Mathew Munro, met with Jaguar Consulting in Melbourne to discuss the Victorian Government Review of the Owner Driver and Forestry Contractors Act 2005.

ALRTA and LRTAV have previously made detailed submissions to the review.

The meeting was a good opportunity to discuss the issues raised by our associations, as well as the issues raised by other stakeholders.  As expected, mandatory minimum rates have been recommended unions.  Our submissions anticipated this proposal and we again voiced our strong opposition.

Jaguar Consulting will be supplying a final consultation report to the Victorian Government next week.



Industry representatives from ALRTA, ATA, NatRoad, ARTIO and the TWU met with ATO via videolink from locations around Australia to discuss the options put forward to address industry concerns about the lack of consultation on Taxation Determination TD 2017/19.

The determination has effectively reduced the amount that employee truck drivers who are paid an allowance and must travel overnight can claim in travel expenses (excluding accommodation) without detailed receipts, from $97.40 to just $55.30 per day.

We expect an ATO decision on the way forward early next week.



Registration labels will be abolished in SA from 1 November 2017.  Operators will instead use the EZYReg system which allows owners to check registration status and set up SMS and email reminders.   The change affects 86,000 vehicles and trailers with a GVM over 4.5 tonnes. FIRS vehicles are not affected.

Labels have already been abolished in WA and TAS with all states expected to follow by mid-2018.



The ATA Industry Technical Council met in Canberra this week to discuss a range of issues including braking ADRs, roller brake testing, harmonisation of notices, progress on a master code of practice and dangerous goods code review and vehicle widths.

The meeting was Chaired by LBRCA Vice President, Kel Baxter, and I must say that the level of technical expertise present in the room during ITC meetings is quite remarkable.



This week the ALRTA Executive Director, Mathew Munro, ATA CEO, Ben Maguire, and TruckSafe Manager, Justin Fleming met with representatives from the Chicken Meat Association to invite participation in the review of the TruckSafe: Animal Welfare Module (formally known as TruckCare).

The next review workshop will be held in Canberra on 2 November 2017.  Please contact the ALRTA Secretariat for more information.



The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources has released a report on the Inquiry into Social Issues Relating to Land-Based Automated Vehicles in Australia.

The report recommends that the Australian Government should take a range of measures to prepare for new vehicle technologies including: facilitating trials, assessing security vulnerabilities, consider consumer data rights and consider establishing a new entity to coordinate preparation across all jurisdictions.

One recommendation that might give you a chuckle is that governments should discontinue the use of the terms ‘driverless vehicles’ or ‘autonomous vehicles’ and instead use the term ‘automated vehicles’.   Didn’t we already get ‘auto’ mobiles when we stopped using horses and bullocks?



The ALRTA National President and Executive Director attended the Livestock Transporters Association of Tasmania (LTAT) AGM on Friday, 15 September 2017, in Longford Tasmania.

It was good to hear that work has now commenced on the new truck wash at Powranna.  Guests from the Department of Primary Industries talked about enforcement of fit-to-load rules, effluent control and NVDs.  There was also quite a bit of discussion about how ongoing competition between Elders and Ruralco is resulting in with unsustainably low livestock numbers at some sales.

The ALRTA congratulates the following office bearers re-elected at the AGM:

  • President: Spencer Griggs
  • Vice President: Nick Hingston
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Tony Steers
  • Delegates: Adam Viney & Leigh Jones



Members are reminded that consultation is currently open on:

Personal Use of a Fatigue Related Heavy Vehicle
National HML Declaration
Class 2 B-double Notice
Class 2 Road Train Notice
Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice
National Road Safety Strategy
PBS Marketplace Review

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ALRTA News – 15 September 2017


Last weekend, the ALRTA President and Executive Director attended the Federal Nationals Conference in Canberra.  While the ALRTA is, and always will be, a staunchly apolitical association the Conference was an excellent opportunity to launch our Federal Campaign to establish managed roadside effluent disposal facilities on key livestock routes around Australia.

There are two parts to our effluent infrastructure strategy:

  1. Short-Term: Seek grant funding to establish a demonstration site on a high priority route in South East Queensland;
  2. Long-term: Modify the road service level standard on key livestock routes to require road managers to consider the need for disposal sites and construct and maintain these as required.

Over the three days of the Conference, we discussed effluent and other rural transport issues with:

  • The Hon. Darren Chester MP – Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
  • Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash – Minister for Regional Development
  • Adviser to the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture
  • The Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP – Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
  • The Hon. David Gillespie MP – Assistant Minister for Health
  • The Hon. Keith Pitt MP – Assistant Minister for Trade
  • Senator John Williams
  • Senator Mat Canavan
  • Senator Barry O’Sullivan
  • Michelle Landry MP
  • David Littleproud MP
  • Kevin Hogan MP
  • Llew O’Brien MP

We believe that there is now broad support to establish roadside effluent disposal facilities within this influential rural oriented political party.  There is a lot more work still to do at the Federal, State and Local levels but we are off to good start.



The Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, has appointed two independent co-chairs to assist an Inquiry into improving the effectiveness of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020.

The co-chairs of the Inquiry are Associate Professor Jeremy Woolley, Director of the Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, and Dr John Crozier, Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Trauma Committee.

The Inquiry will develop a blueprint for reducing deaths and trauma (which have generally fallen over the period of the safety strategy but risen in some states in recent years) and inform future road safety investment decisions.

What do you think is the biggest safety issue on our roads?  Make a short submission here.

The Inquiry will report to government in early 2018.



This week the ALRTA Executive Director, Mathew Munro, and TruckSafe Manager, Justin Fleming met with representatives from the Red Meat Advisory Council and Australian Pork Limited to invite participation in the review of the TruckSafe: Animal Welfare Module (formally known as TruckCare).

The next review workshop will be held in Canberra on 2 November 2017.  Please contact the ALRTA Secretariat for more information.

Trucksafe Manager: Justin Fleming



The ALRTA congratulates LRTASA member D&S Smith Haulage Pty Ltd on being announced as the Woolworths Group National Carrier of the Year in the small fleet category.

With more than 6,000 heavy vehicle movements required each day to supply Woolworths Group’s network of supermarkets, Metro stores and liquor outlets, Woolworths relies on its carrier partners to ensure safe and efficient transport on Australian roads.

The National Carrier of the Year Awards recognise carriers that have delivered outstanding performance in safety, compliance and service.  Operating from Tumby Bay in SA and with a depot in Adelaide, D&S Smith Haulage has been recognised as the best of the best in 2017.



All too often we hear complaints that the staff at road authorities are locked away in ivory towers in the capital cities and wouldn’t know a truck if it ran over them.

Well, Martins Group of Companies is aiming to change that this week by bringing truck and trailer combinations right to the NHVR’s front door in Brisbane.

The vehicles will be on display all day today with with Martins’ staff on hand (including ALRTA Vice President, Graeme Hoare) to give the NHVR staff a tour.



Members are reminded that consultation is currently open on:

Personal Use of a Fatigue Related Heavy Vehicle
National HML Declaration
Class 2 B-double Notice
Class 2 Road Train Notice
Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice
National Road Safety Strategy
PBS Marketplace Review


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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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