ALRTA News – 23 November 2018

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The ATA Council met in Canberra this week. Our representatives in attendance included David Smith (LRTASA President & ATA Vice Chair), John Beer (LRTAV VP and ALRTA VP), Kel Baxter (LBRCA VP Bulk and Chair of ATA Industry Technical Committee) and Mathew Munro (ALRTA Executive Director).

Senator Glenn Sterle (Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety) and Michael Kaine (TWU National Secretary) accepted invitations to attend the meeting to discuss the possible return of mandatory minimum rates for owner drivers.

Photo (L-R): Ben Maguire (ATA CEO), Geoff Crouch (ATA Chair), Senator Sterle (Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety) and Michael Kaine (TWU National Secretary). 

Senator Sterle made it very clear that a Shorten Labor Government would move quickly to introduce ‘Safe Rates’ legislation if the numbers looked favourable in the Senate.  This would be intended to create a new body within Fair Work Australia to set rates or impose other rules.

Mr Kaine outlined a vision for the new body to set rates and consider other matters such as payment terms, contract conditions or work hours. The TWU’s stated aim is to address disparities in market power at the top of the supply chain.

Importantly, both Senator Sterle and Mr Kaine acknowledged the fundamental failings of the former RSRT and invited industry to be part of consultations both to set up the new body and to consider applications for new rulings.

The open discussion that followed was thorough and robust.

While ALRTA remains vehemently opposed to mandatory minimum rates for owner drivers, it is nonetheless important for associations, unions and politicians to keep an open communication channel in the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election.


The NTC has recommended that the NHVR work with ALRTA and jurisdictions on a non-legislative approach to managing loss of effluent, including the development of education and guidance material, and report back to ministers in May 2019.

The administrative approach is intended to reduce the number of infringements being issued for minor, incidental and unavoidable effluent loss from heavy vehicles.

The recommendation was noted by ministers at the Transport and Infrastructure Ministerial Council on 9 November 2018.  It follows NTC consultation on a discussion paper released earlier in the year.

The discussion paper proposed to amend the HVNL to allow for minor, incidental and unavoidable loss of part of a load.  This matter can be reconsidered in the HVNL review scheduled to commence in 2019.


The results of an independent review of Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) access arrangements have been released.  The report recognises that there are significant problems with the current access system that harm the national economy – particularly key mining and agriculture projects.

The report includes 38 recommendations which reflects the wide range of complex issues involved.

Key points among the recommendations are that:

  • permit volumes be reduced by 30% by pre-approvals, notices or gazettal;
  • permits remain valid for 12mths;
  • Low risk OSOM permits achieve a 48hr (avg) turn around time;
  • project-specific permits to allow multiple movements and configurations;
  • NHVR introduce new arrangements for emergency situations;
  • Higher fees for faster turn-around times be considered;
  • Bridge assessments be prioritised for industry needs;
  • Consistency be improved for pilots and escorts; and
  • Envelope approaches be developed for bridge loading limits and low risk OSOM vehicles.

Governments and industry are now considering the recommendations and next steps. Read the full report here.


The Intelligent Access Program (IAP) Higher Mass Limit (HML) scheme has been discontinued in South Australia.

Operators are no longer required to comply with the conditions in the following notices that relate to operating under the IAP or the completion of Higher Mass Limit route compliance certificate:

IAP was introduced in South Australia in 2010, on a voluntary basis, as an alternative means for operators who were accredited in an interstate National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation (NHVAS) mass management schedule to comply with SA’s requirements for HML operation.

The nationalisation of the NHVAS through the introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law has resulted in all operators (including those registered interstate) having equal access to the published HML networks in SA without the requirement to either complete a HML route compliance certificate or enrol in the IAP.

This combined with the request from the NHVR through the National Notice Harmonisation Project to remove the requirement for a HML route compliance certificate to be completed by operators renders IAP in SA, non-operational as there is no longer a valid IAP application.


The ALRTA Executive Director (Mathew Munro) participated in an Industry Focus Group in Canberra to discuss the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, including the proposed National Action Plan.  The workshop also considered the linkages with state and territory freight initiative and discussed the roles of various stakeholders in implementing the strategy and supporting plan.


The NHVR Registration Checker app enables a quick and easy check of the registration status of any heavy vehicle registered in Australia (with the exception of vehicles registered in the Northern Territory).

You can download the app by searching for ‘NHVR’ in the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.

The following fact sheet provides a brief overview of using the app:

Please note you should direct queries about registration details to the relevant state or territory transport authority.


Businesses can now access all the core materials required to develop a Safety Management System (SMS) through the NHVR website.

The NHVR has released materials on third-party interactions, safety performance monitoring and developing a positive safety culture, a complete set of guidance material and templates, supported by examples.

These materials are scalable, can be adapted for any size business, and help operators to meet their safety obligations under both the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Work Health and Safety laws.

Click here for more information.


The ALRTA Executive Director (Mathew Munro) and National Officer (Colleen Mays) team caught up with Vanda Power, BP Regional Manager NSW in Canberra this week.

The purpose of the meeting was to review the BP-ALRTA National Sponsorship arrangement and consider new joint-initiatives for 2019.

ALRTA was delighted when Ms Power gifted to our office a rare framed photo of Captain Malcolm Campbell in his Napier-Aero, starting his record-breaking run-on 4thFebruary 1927 at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, when he became the first man to travel on land at a speed of over 180mph.  He used BP fuel during the run.  The photo is now proudly hanging in the ALRTA office entry foyer to remind our staff and visitors of the close relationship between ALRTA and BP.



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ALRTA News – 16 November 2018






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A new road safety initiative designed to improve regional road sharing between large agricultural vehicles and other road-users is being rolled out to coincide with the up-coming summer harvest period.

The National Farmers Federation ‘Common Roads, Common Sense’ campaign is being funded by $250,000 from the NHVR Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program, with support from the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government.

An educational message will be delivered through a series of radio, on-line and video clips targeting regional road users throughout the nation.

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LRTAV President Graham Howell and ALRTA Executive Director Mathew Munro attended and NTC Industry Advisory Group meeting in Melbourne this week.

Photo: Acting NTC CEO, Dr Geoff Allen, speaks to the Industry Advisory Group. 

Key discussed included:

  • HVNL Review: The four priority areas agreed by Ministers are access, fatigue, accreditation and technology. Issues papers will be issued in January 2019 and consultation will be undertaken in multiple formats including in regional areas.
  • Driver distraction: An issues paper will be released by NTC in November 2018 with a discussion paper to follow in March 2019.  While research indicates that using a mobile phone while driving can increase crash risk by 12x, 64% of drivers admit to doing so regularly!
  • Automated Vehicles: Ministers have agreed to develop a purposed built law.  Key issues relate to ‘who is responsible’ in the event of a crash and readiness of a ‘fall back driver’ who must still be licenced, attentive and unimpaired.

It is going to be a busy start to 2019.


ALRTA has written to the Hon Scott Buchholz MP, Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport, outlining our views on the eligibility criteria of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and the current direction of Land Transport Market Reform.  We will meet with Minister Buchholz to discuss these issues in more detail before the end of 2018.


The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program supports implementable, value-for-money projects that deliver tangible improvements to heavy vehicle safety.  It is administered by the NHVR on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.  The first three rounds of the program have seen $11.61 million invested in 32 projects to make Australia’s roads safer for all users.

The NHVR is now calling for applications for round 4 of the program, for which $3.92 million of funding is available.

Projects must be started in the 2019–20 financial year and completed by 30 June 2022.

Should you wish to lodge an application please refer to the submission guidelines and complete a submission form.

Submissions close on Friday 22 February 2019.


A review of payment times has been announced, following reports that Australia’s payment times are the worst in the world, with invoices paid on average 26.4 days late.

Announced this week by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Kate Carnell, the review will provide advice on the effect these payment practices are having on small and family businesses.

To give the ASBFEO a better understanding of the state-of-play on payment times and practices in Australia, small and family businesses are encouraged to take part in a five-minute survey.

The ATA and ALRTA have previously called on the Government to develop a mandatory code under the Competition and Consumer Act for small trucking businesses. The code would cover payment terms and related issues, including a ban on unfair set offs and ‘pay when paid’ arrangements.

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Following the departure of former CEO Paul Retter and a review of the NTC by Ministers last week, the NTC Chair Carolyn Walsh, has announced that the search for a new NTC CEO has commenced.   Dr Geoff Allen will remain Acting CEO during the recruiting period.


Have you driven the Pacific Highway between Grafton and Ballina in the past 4 weeks?  If so, please take a minute to complete a NSW RMS survey about driver perceptions, opinions and self-reported behaviour around work zone safety initiatives being trialled in the area during the road upgrade.

It takes about 20min and will put you in the running for a $20 EFTPOS card.

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Participants in the 2019 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum have discussed key industry issues in lobbying meetings with Australian politicians.

Photo: Future Leaders Angela Mumma (Stockmaster) and Athol Carter (Frasers Livestock Transport) visit ALRTA. 

The Daimler Future Leaders have met with Government, Opposition and minor party senators at Parliament House in Canberra, raising the importance of driver training and attraction, advanced braking and liquid fuel emergency planning.

“These issues are important to every member of the Australian trucking industry, and the ATA is proud to work with such promising participants who demonstrate a great passion and commitment,” ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said today.

“Our time at Parliament House saw the Daimler Future Leaders sit in on Senate Question Time, after a formal lunch with Senator Jim Molan and lobbying meetings with members of the coalition and opposition parties,” he said.

The meetings focused on solutions to the three key issues:

  • That autonomous emergency braking (AEBS) be mandated for new heavy vehicles.
  •  That truck driver licensing be upgraded as part of an industry-wide effort to tackle the driver shortage. Research indicates a reasonable increase in licensing requirements would make trucking more attractive as a skilled occupation.
  • That fuel emergency legislation be amended to ensure trucking businesses are not sued for prioritising essential deliveries during a fuel shortage.

“Our industry is constantly changing and it’s important we equip the next generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to ensure the future of the trucking industry remains sustainable and viable,” Mr Crouch said.

As part of the Forum, participants will each undertake a leadership project focused on an industry issue, with many developing potential solutions to the key items discussed in the lobbying meetings which will then be presented at Trucking Australia 2019.

During the Forum, participants are taking part in developmental workshops delivered by Head of the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University, Dr Andrew Banfield, well-known journalist and communications expert Anne Fulwood, and CEO of Wisdom Learning, Rod Hattch.

“Daimler is thrilled to be part of such an invaluable program that allows participants to work so closely with decision-makers and gain valuable industry insight from expert mentors,” President and CEO of Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific Daniel Whitehead said.

ATA Chair Geoff Crouch also noted the important role ATA member associations have played in the Forum’s success.

“It is wonderful to have such high engagement from our member associations in developing leaders. It is clear to see each participant represents their employer and member organisation with pride,” Mr Crouch said.

The 2019 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders Forum welcomes representatives from Daimler Truck and Bus, ATA member associations and the ATA’s safety accreditation scheme TruckSafe.

View more information and meet the Daimler Future Leaders

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