THANK YOU TO ALRTA PARTNER BP
REVIEW OF LIVESTOCK LOADING SCHEMES
The NHVR has released a discussion paper as part of a review of Livestock, Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements. The discussion paper aims to identify opportunities for:
- standardising and rationalising access arrangements, to minimise the compliance burden on livestock transportation in Australia, as far as reasonably practicable
- simplifying cross-border transport and improving last-mile access on local government roads
- improving safety, productivity and efficiency for the livestock transportation industry.
ALRTA held a member forum this week to discuss key proposals. ALRTA Council considered the forum outcomes later in the week. ALRTA will lodge a submission on agreed issues on behalf of industry.
Please contact your State Member Association for more information and input to the process.
Submissions are due by 5pm Tuesday 26 July 2022.
NATIONAL DRIVER MEDICAL STANDARDS
Members are advised that revised driver medical standards Assessing Fitness to Drive have been approved by Infrastructure and Transport Ministers and will come into effect 22 June 2022.
Changes may affect older drives, drivers with disabilities, those with multiple medical conditions as well as criteria changes for specific conditions including cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological and substance abuse.
For more information on the changes click here.
ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL
The ALRTA National Council met via Zoom this week to discuss issues including the Federal Election result, livestock loading, risk-based inspections and the HVNL review.
The next ALRTA National Council meeting will be held face-to-face in Bendigo Victoria, 12 August 2022.
TAX TIPS FOR TRUCK DRIVERS
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has a range of tips and information to help you lodge your tax return correctly this year.
Take the easy road by checking out the ATO’s tax time guide for truck drivers to help make lodging your return easier.
Don’t forget that COVID-19 tests you purchased for work purposes are now tax deductible. You can claim a deduction for a COVID-19 tests you paid for from 1 July 2021 as long as you:
- used the test for a work-related purpose.
- had a qualifying COVID-19 test, such as a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.
- have a record of your purchase.
- paid for the test yourself and were not reimbursed for the cost by your employer.
Finally, if you’re lodging online, the best time to lodge is from late July. By then, all your information from employers, banks and health funds will be automatically included in your tax return. All you need to do is double check the information is correct and add anything that’s missing.
For more information, visit ato.gov.au/truckPR.
LRTAV BULK CARRIERS MEETING
LRTAV Bulk Carrier Group Meeting.
Tuesday 14 June via Zoom at 7:00pm
KENWORTH LAUNCHES – NEXT LEVEL K220
Kenworth unveiled its next level cabover, the K220, on Friday 3rd June in Brisbane to a crowd of 500 dealers, customers and industry partners.
Director Sales and Marketing, Brad May says “The K220 celebrates Australian ingenuity to engineer a uniquely Australian product to optimise the capability of both owners and drivers to prosper in what is surely the world’s toughest but most productive transport industry.”
SAVE THE DATES FOR 2022
LRTASA (SA) -17-18 June 2022 – Adelaide SA – Registration
ALRTA/LRTAV National Combined Conference -12-13 August 2022 – All Seasons Bendigo VIC – Information
LRTAWA (WA) – 3 September 2022 – Industry Day – Burswood on Swan – Perth WA