ALRTA News – 16 October 2020




All eyes are on Victoria this weekend with a possible easing of restrictions flagged.  ALRTA has supported a letter to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews calling for restrictions to be eased to support business recovery in the busy period leading up to Christmas.  The letter was prepared by the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia and supported by 21 individual industry associations.
Operating hours at the Goondiwindi (QLD) testing site have been improved (11:30am – 7:00pm from Mon 19 October) and members are reminded that SA requires evidence of a test within the last 7 days at all entry points.
For the latest summary of border rules and testing sites click here.


Demonstrating the maturing enforcement capacity of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), officers have recently week entered multiple business premises in Queensland and Victoria using powers under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
The entries were a result of concerns around road safety and compliance with safety duties under the HVNL.
The operation involved the entry of one premises in Queensland and two in Victoria, resulting in a significant amount of documents and other evidence being seized by NHVR officers.
NHVR officers questioned executives of the companies involved and other parties within the chain of responsibility to obtain information in relation to fatigue management, loading, training and vehicle maintenance.
NHVR Director Investigations Steve Underwood said the NHVR would not hesitate to intervene where we believe there is a risk to the safety of road users.
“The NHVR has invested in technology and systems that allow us to produce high-quality, near real-time assessments of safety issues, which make these sorts of investigations possible,” Mr Underwood said.
“We have substantial powers under the HVNL and we are very willing to intervene early to prevent safety issues on our roads.”


“The welfare standards of Western Australian livestock during transportation, at saleyards and depots has changed to be in line with the national standards and guidelines which were agreed upon as far back as 2012.

WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the new regulations would modernise the animal welfare rules for transporting livestock in WA.”

“The Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of WA president David Fyfe said “it is premature to be contemplating new regulations ahead of the Animal Welfare Act Review (Black Review) making its recommendations which are imminent”.

“There has been no convincing case made that the current regulation and code of practice system is ineffective,” Mr Fyfe said.”

To read the article in the farm Weekly click here


Following reports of targeted attacks on multicultural truck drivers and racist comments on trucking social media pages, the ATA and the NHVR are calling on the trucking community to celebrate the industry’s diversity and call out racism wherever it occurs. 
“We all have a responsibility for calling out racism wherever it occurs, and that’s exactly what this is. Racism. It is ignorant. It is stupid. And it is dangerous,” ATA Chair David Smith said. 
“I pay tribute today to multicultural drivers who are courageously putting up with this unacceptable and disgusting harassment every day. As people in the trucking industry, we must all combat racism and stand up for fairness and safety,” he said. 
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said it was important for everyone in the heavy vehicle industry to continue to support and respect each other. 
“Mateship and respect is important, now more than ever, to ensure we can continue to safely deliver essential goods and services across the country. 
“Anyone who has concerns about safety in their workplace should report it through our Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line on 1800 931 785.” 


Members are advised that the Australian Meat Processing Corporation (AMPC) is hosting a free webinar on bullying, harassment and workers compensation including:

  • What should employers do when a claim is lodged?
  • What arguments can be used to dispute liability?
  • How to increase the chances of achieving a return to work outcome?

 The webinar will be held at 2pm on Thursday, 22 October 2020.
To register click here.
If you can’t attend, you can watch this webinar and other similar recordings here.


RideWest 2020 has thanked the livestock transport sector for courtesy shown to participants.
RideWest is a 7 day charity cycling event covering 1,237km of Queensland regional roads between Brisbane and Longreach.
In a letter to Ross Fraser of Frasers Livestock Transport, Director of RiseWest, John Sloman said that:
I just wanted to pass on a short note of thanks to your team for the courtesy they gave us on the road to Longreach.
In addition, without exception, we were shown similar courtesy from all the livestock carriers we interacted with over the week. I commend your industry for the professionalism, patience and understanding they gave us on the road.
Our ride was again a huge success, and in particular:

  • Raised over $340,000 for the RFDS mental health programs in Western Qld,
  • Introduced a new group of Brisbane based cyclists to the bush. A number of our riders had never been west of Toowoomba,
  • We stayed in western towns each night, spending money &  interacting with local communities.


Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) has launched a brand new networking and learning hub called WLA Connect.

The platform is designed for women to gather, network, share and learn about being a female leader in today’s working environment. Connect members are able to access events, learning materials and forums where they can collaborate with women from the transport and logistics sector and beyond.

This is an important developmental initiative for women across the country. Features of WLA Connect include:
•              A curated learning laboratory filled with leadership development content
•              Expert masterclasses on leadership theory and practice
•              Face-to-face and online networking events
•              Member led contributions and recommendations
•              Peer coaching, executive coaching and mentoring opportunities.

Find out more:


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ALRTA congratulates David Rogers on being elected LRTAV President at the AGM held 10 October 2020. 

The senior members of the LRTAV Executive now include:
President: David Rogers
VP Bulk: Tom Allen
VP Livestock: Trevor Fry
Treasurer: Neil Giacometti
Secretary: Graham Howell
Immediate Past President: John Beer
ALRTA acknowledges the massive efforts of outgoing LRTAV President John Beer, particularly his unrelenting passion for progressing safety and amenity improvements for trucking operators at saleyards and depots used by LRTAV operators.


Members are advised that the next meeting of the ALRTA National Council will be held via technology on Friday, 23 October 2020.
Formal advice with RSVP details will be sent to member secretariats. A hyperlink will be sent to participants prior to the meeting.


A 3 year old boy sits near a pregnant woman.

Boy: Why do you look so fat?
Pregnant woman: I have a baby inside me.

Boy: Is it a good baby?
Pregnant woman: Yes, it is a very good baby.

Boy: Then why did you eat it?


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