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Big bling for DGL's 150th Mack
DGL Logistics’ new Granite receives a customised paintjob befitting its status as the company’s 150th Mack
DGL Logistics took possession of the 150th Mack truck on June 30, a Granite equipped with an all-Mack driveline and sporting a custom paint job along with the gold bulldog on the bonnet.
"We thought we should do something a bit special for this truck," says DGL’s Managing Director John West.
"We’ve had just about every model Mack has made since the early 2000s, and this truck is certainly a milestone."
With a business that employs 520 people Australia-wide and in both islands of New Zealand, DGL has been delivering steel and roofing products to the construction industry for 15 years.
The latest Granite will be operating in Sydney hauling dangerous goods and with its unique paint job it’s bound to draw plenty of attention.
"I asked Mack about doing an individual paint job and putting some bling on this truck and they put me in touch with Wayne Dawson from Belair. Between us we came up with the design.
"I told him I wanted a big bulldog on it pulling the DGL logo and left it to him. I love what he came up with and I’m sure the driver will love it too."
West took the opportunity to reward one of his longest-serving drivers, Les Olley, by inviting him to attend the delivery of the truck.
"This driver has always looked after his trucks as if they were his own," West says, "so he’s flown up from Sydney to collect it and driving it back down."
Also present at the handover was Tanya Cole, Mack’s Fleet Sales Coordinator, who has delivered each of the 150 trucks to DGL.
"Tanya’s been absolutely brilliant from the start," West says. "She knows our spec and she makes sure every Mack we buy has the right fittings: radios, air conditioning, you name it, she makes sure it’s there.
"Every truck we get comes with the key in it ready to go to work, we don’t do a thing to them."
Of the 150 Macks DGL has bought over the years, close to 100 of them are still in service.
A 90-tonne boiler was the cause of Friday's traffic delays
WIDE LOAD: The boiler shell on its way to the meatworks in Casino.
A 90-TONNE Casino-bound boiler shell was the cause of Friday's Pacific Highway delays.
The enormous piece of equipment was being transported 265km from the docks in Brisbane to its new home at the Northern Co-operative Meat Company.
Meat Co-op CEO Simon Stahl said it would replace a an existing 40-year-old boiler.
"It will be used for producing steam and hot water for the operations and the steam is used for cooking all the render material," Mr Stahl said.
"There will be a lot more automation and a lot more burning fuel efficiency and significantly it's a bio-fuel boiler… so there are benefits of having renewable energy," he said
"The overall project is more than $5 million, so it's obviously a significant investment and we hope to get a 40 year life span out of this boiler."
Mr Stahl said it was a huge logistical task transporting the enormous boiler shell from the manufacturing company in Thailand to Casino.
He said the upgrade cost about $200,000 in freight, alone, with the entire upgrade estimated to be about $5 million.
It required a 37-page transport management plan, dual police escort, four ?company pilots, a truck ?driver and approvals from RMS, NSW Police, QLD Transport, QLD Police and local councils.
The wood boiler shell itself is about 7.5m wide and 10.5m long, which meant the truck carrying it needed to be almost 45m long and 5m high.
The truck's schedule also had to comply with laws only allowing loads to travel in metropolitan regions between midnight and 5am on of weekdays and midnight and 8am on weekends.
Live Traffic NSW sent out alerts on Friday advising motorists to expect lengthy delays on the Pacific Highway.
It reported south-bound traffic near Ewingsdale was queued at least 5km.
It's a good life on the road for Pilbara's heavy haulage girls
When it comes to truck driving Heather Jones of the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls has pretty much seen it all in her 25 year career on the road.
A veteran in the trucking industry Heather Jones believes Western Australia has some of the best roads in the country and she sees the most amazing scenery out her window each day.
Heather has pretty much seen it all in her 25 year career on the road, driving predominantly throughout the Pilbara and Kimberley.
Being a truckie for her is a dream job but she's had a few different careers along the way.
"I started my working life doing a few things, legal secretary, then a trainee radio technician, I loved riding motor bikes, my first car was an SLR 5000, and I loved the outdoors and being a hands-on person so you sort of get the point that an office was not really my choice in career."
But her driving work started when Heather found herself a job as a personal assistant to one of the mine managers in Wickham.
"This lasted quite a few months but then a job came up driving dump trucks and I realised I could earn nearly twice the amount of money with no stress and go home and sleep at night."
Ten years ago she started her own company and now also works full time as a driver.
Heather's move into the trucking industry began a lifelong love for being on the road and all that it brings. Heather is keen to employ more women in the workforce as she knows firsthand how hard it is to break into the industry.
More women are becoming truckies although Heather entered the industry when the industry was even more male dominated than it is now.
"There is a certain type of female and male who chooses this as a career and if you like your own company this is the career for you. I will be forever grateful to the two guys who employed me and let me take my daughters with me."
The good, the bad and the ugly
Driving predominantly throughout the Pilbara and Kimberley, Heather sees the good and the bad on the road.
She says there is large room for improvement when it comes to facilities for men and women truckies.
"A lot of us have to pull into a truck bay and run to the bush with a toilet roll. Given the roads are our workplace it's not a good situation for any of us."
Two new 24 hour truck stops, one in Canarvon and one just out of Newman have opened. But even so there are kilometres of road and few such facilities in the north of the state.
Many truckies are doing it tough with the prospect of having to cope with various situations without the benefit of a place to shower.
"You may have had to change a tyre and you're covered in dirt and mud and grease. Then you don't want to hop in your bunk which is behind you cab to sleep dirty."
"Better facilities for all of us would be fantastic."
AHG and Daimler see future at Perth dealership opening
Official launch of $30 million facility described as a ‘statement’ move by the Australian firm
Automotive Holdings Group’s (AHG) link with Daimler Trucks appears destined only to strengthen following the official opening of the pair’s massive new Perth dealership.
That was the message from senior staff from both firms at a customer’s function a number of weeks after dealers, office staff and mechanics moved in.
Daimler Trucks Perth dealer principal Simon Ramsay describes it as one of the biggest such facility in the country.
With a footprint of more than 42,000 square metres, the facility has two workshops covering 7,000 sqm boasting 54 bays that effectively doubles the previous site’s capacity
It also has 315 truck parking bays and 30 customer bays.
Its parts department extends across 1,200 sqm over two levels and the workshops feature overhead gantry cranes, plus brake testing and roller shaker equipment.
Innovations include oil plumbed through the workshop floors and measured using electronic pumps.
At customers’ behest, the site features pits and wash-bays that can handle B-triple combinations.
Ramsay praised the commitment of staff during the move, noting that the business closed at noon on a Friday and opened again at 7.30am the following Monday and that in in the intervening 67 hours "we moved more than 300 trucks and 85,000 individual parts".
AHG chairman David Griffiths disclosed that, when all costs were totalled, the facility represents a $30 million initiative by his company.
"This is a major commitment by AHG, it is a major demonstration of the faith we have in the Daimler brand, it’s a major demonstration of the faith we have in the people that run the trucking business," Griffiths says.
AHG managing director Bronte Howson says the impetus for the style of dealership was predicated on lifting the customer experience to that of AHG’s car salesrooms.
Howson reassured attendees that recent soft conditions in heavy trucks had no bearing on the industry’s "required business" stature in his firm.
Daimler Trucks North America international sales and service director Claus P Roth, presently based in South Carolina, was on hand for the event and gave the place high praise.
"This is a facility that in comparison to other facilities around the world, even Daimler-owned branches and so on, is absolutely world class," Roth says.
He describes it as a "statement" to the market and Daimler and therefore an "obligation" for the truck maker both locally and in North America.
His thoughts were echoed by Daimler Truck and Bus Australia managing director Daniel Whitehead, whose company was involved closely in the facility’s planning and who averred that it did not bear comparison with others locally.
"We are extremely proud of the relationship we have with AHG and we plan on making it bigger and better as time progresses," Whitehead says.
Pay rates rise; truck registration fees increase
New financial year means more money for employee drivers and higher registration fees for operators.
Employee truck drivers will begin to receive a pay increase from this week, while trucking owners will need to scrape around for extra cash to cover higher vehicle registration fees.
The start of the new financial year means a 2.5 per cent wage increase for drivers employed under an Award such as the Road Transport and Distribution Award or the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award.
For employees not on an award or an enterprise agreement, the national minimum wage for a full-time adult employee is now $17.29 an hour, or $656.90 a week.
Meanwhile, heavy vehicle registration fees throughout Australia have risen by 0.6 per cent.
The Federal Government has not increased the fuel excise, recently announcing it would stay frozen at 26.14 cents per litre for the 2015-2016 financial year.
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has reminded employers about the wage increases and says they need to check the rates applicable to their workplace.
"In our experience, a common cause of underpayment of wages is the failure by employers to pass on annual wage increases," ombudsman Natalie James says.
James says most employers want to do the right thing by their employees and get it right when it comes to workplace laws.
"Our focus is on educating employers about their obligations and assisting them to put processes in place to ensure that any errors we find don't occur again," she says.
"Our online tools and resources can assist employers to determine their applicable Modern Award, as well as classification and pay rates, including base pay rates, allowances, overtime and penalty rates."
Truck driving – Australia's 'deadliest' job says Transport Workers Union
Duane Bowering: "Unrestrained loads can go catapulting forward." Photo: Daniel Munoz
Truck driver Duane Bowering says he has been routinely forced to take his life – and those of other motorists – into his hands by carrying loads that are too heavy and unsecured.
With two brothers who have died at the wheel, Mr Bowering spoke about his concerns at a Senate inquiry into road safety on Thursday. He said people's lives were "dramatically at risk" on the roads because companies were compromising safety standards to save costs.
Mr Bowering, who is paid $24 an per hour to drive trucks for Blue Star Global in South Australia, said he and other drivers were being forced to take safety risks that could result in death. Other motorists were particularly vulnerable.
"There were three years where I wasn't restraining all my loads properly. Unrestrained loads can go catapulting forward," he said.
"If you are overloaded, it is going to massively impact on your braking ability."
It was rare that Mr Bowering was allowed a meal break and he often had to work while fatigued.
Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon said one truck driver, Stephen Day, is serving a 10-year jail sentence for killing a cyclist after being required to work "extraordinary hours".
"Yet both the employer and the client that was making money out of this terrible tragedy are not in the box, are not being questioned and not being charged," Mr Sheldon said.
"It is horrendous to see the truck drivers who do have responsibility on the road, but when you are threatened with being sacked or putting food on your table ... then people push the law. Because the boss says you either you do it or we don't get the contract, or you get terminated.
"That's the situation that is a cocktail for death on our roads. It's why so many people are being killed."
Describing truck driving as Australia's "deadliest profession", Mr Sheldon said 330 people were killed each year in truck crashes on Australian roads.
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He said Safe Work Australia has found that truck drivers are 15 times more likely to die than workers in any other industry.
In NSW, there were 309 road deaths last year according to Transport NSW.
The Transport Workers Union said there were 53 truck-related deaths in NSW last year, which is 17 per cent of all deaths.
Mr Sheldon told the Senate inquiry that major businesses, including Coles and Woolworths, who use transport companies need to be held to account for their role in the road carnage. He said the economic demands that filtered down to truck drivers had created a "culture of risk-taking and law breaking in trucking".
"While wealthy businesses get their bonuses for meeting their targets by cutting transport costs, Stephen [Day] is left to rot in jail. His family and the family of the man he knocked down are left devastated," he said.
"We want to see accountability going right to the top and for the pressure to be taken off people like Stephen."
Small transport operator Stephen Williams said businesses such as his were "forced into submission" under "huge financial pressure" from retailers and subcontractors who offered low rates.
"The government want us to run perfect trucks, well, we need help from the government and any other body that can help us get a proper rate so we can afford to maintain our trucks that governments of today want," Mr Williams said.
Gearing up for the 2015 Perth Truck Show
Free industry information seminars will add value to this year's Perth Truck and Trailer Show, which will run from July 24 to 26.
Visitors to this year’s Perth Truck and Trailer Show, held on July 24 to 26, will be offered a series of information seminars relevant to the industry.
The show, held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, will host the seminars on Friday, July 24, and make them open to the public. The seminars are free to attend, but registrations are required and can be made via the Truck Show website at www.perthtruckshow.com.au.
Show Director Peter Woods says the seminars were an exciting new aspect of the event and offered valuable information.
"We find that the majority of show visitors on the Friday are from the vehicle industry, and would therefore benefit from these information seminars," Woods says.
Woods says the topics are likely to include dangerous goods transport, reducing fatigue’s contribution to road crashes, chain of responsibility and trailer brake requirements.
Meanwhile, some of the biggest names in truck and trailer manufacturing will be exhibiting their latest products during the Perth Truck and Trailer Show, including Australia’s largest trailer manufacturer MaxiTrans, who will display products from its range of trailer brands Freighter, Maxi-Cube, Hamelex White, Lusty EMS and Azmeb.
The Southern Cross Industries WA group, a regular exhibitor at the Perth Truck Show dating back to 2007 will also make a return.
Southern Cross State manager Aaron Gilchrist says the company will be exhibiting custom built signature Southern Cross equipment, as well as a comprehensive display of spare parts.
Paul Wilson, sales and marketing manager Kenworth/DAF says CJD Equipment are proud to be the Kenworth and DAF Dealers in WA and equally excited to have recently celebrated a 30 year relationship with Paccar.
"We see this show as a great platform to which we can display the latest innovations from Kenworth and DAF."
"We are certainly looking forward to the 2015 event, and showcasing new models to the WA market."
The Perth Truck and Trailer Show will be presented by the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association which is a division of the Motor Trades Association of WA.
Truck becomes wedged under Warrnambool’s Simpson Street bridge
A FREIGHT delivery truck came to an abrupt stop when it became wedged under Warrnambool's Simpson Street rail overpass yesterday morning.
Southbound traffic was blocked for several hours and the Melbourne to Warrnambool passenger train delayed by about 15 minutes until the stricken 10-tonne Isuzu delivery truck operated by Ballarat-based J & T Freighters was towed free.
The bridge was checked for structural damage and the train held at Camperdown before the official all-clear to continue to Warrnambool rail station.
According to the hapless truck driver, who declined to give his name, it was the most embarrassing incident in his 45-year career as a truckie.
"I've been driving road trains, had my own truck business, been all over the place and this is the first time I've got stuck under a bridge," he said.
"This is not my usual route - I was heading to do a street delivery."
His delivery schedule was completed later after the load was transferred to a local Whalers Freight van.
He can take some comfort in the fact that other drivers have had similar predicaments in the past including a garbage truck in 2011 and a bus and other trucks earlier.
Clearly marked by a "Low clearance 3.4 metres" sign it is the lowest rail overpass bridge in Warrnambool and one of the lowest in regional Victoria.
Warrnambool policeman Constable Andrew Kirkpatrick, who attended yesterday's accident, urged all drivers to exercise caution when driving under low bridges.
"Never take anything for granted," he said.
V/Line spokeswoman Ebony Jordan also urged drivers to be vigilant around crossings, bridges and railways.
Heavy Haulage Australia in financial strife
Voluntary administrators from Ferrier Hodgson were called in overnight for Brisbane-based HHA, which has almost 120 staff and almost 70 prime movers.
Started in 1999, HHA operates the kinds of trucks that lug massive equipment and require a police escort.
FH’s Brendan Richards told The Courier-Mail on Monday that HHA now had creditors north of $50 million, including the tax office and financiers. FH would trade the business as normal in the short term and try finding a buyer.
HHA’s failure comes only seven months after fellow transport outfit Itac, an energy specialist, went into voluntary administration.
“This is indicative of the downturn we are seeing in the resources sector and the knock on effect it has and will continue to have on the transport industry,” Mr Richards said.
But he added HHA had too high a fixed cost base for its jobs, having earlier bought equipment with specifications “beyond what’s required to get the job done”. He criticised an “indulgent spending culture” at HHA.
HHA’s own website prides itself on the investment, presentation and maintenance of its fleet.
The collapse comes only 18 months after HHA said it would spend $55 million ordering new Mack trucks and trailers to tap into oil, gas, infrastructure and projects. It was branching out to that area as the mining boom cooled, driving down margins in that area.
But since then oil and gas has also suffered since a massive slump.
When making the new investment, Mr Kelly argued HHA had addressed the risk of rapid expansion by getting “good people in high positions”.
He even conceded at the time that business was highly geared - joking it had the debt of a 150-year-old man.
The firm, with its managing director Jon Kelly, starred in Foxtel’s eight-episode series Megatruckers, which covered the haulage of “huge loads across the treacherous Australian terrain to the most difficult-to-reach places on earth”. It also sponsored V8 racing.
It marks the second time Brisbane-born Mr Kelly has had a brush with financial trouble. The Courier-Mail last year revealed he had been bankrupt between 2001-2007, but he had taken the positive step of repaying his creditors in full.
HHA secured a partner in November last year via listed transport group McAleese, which took a 50 per cent stake in the business for $3 million.
But McAleese said on Monday that in light of poor market conditions and HHA’s inability to support the high cost of lease arrangements, a further investment was ‘’unlikely to deliver an acceptable financial return”. McAleese had “withdrawn working capital support”.
Ominously, McAleese said it would consider ‘’options for legal recourse against the vendor ... of the company’s shareholding in (HHA) in connection with the sales process and conduct after that time’’.
Attempts to obtain comment from Mr Kelly were unsuccessful.
McAleese expected to take a one-off $17 million hit this financial year from the collapse. McAleese was not on the hook for HHA’s own debts as those borrowings were ‘’non-recourse’’ to McAleese.
Megatruckers featured on Foxtel’s A&E channel, but despite expectations of a second series, it never came to the air again.
Stolen truck and tanker near Meandarra
STOLEN: Prime mover is a 1999 Freightliner FLX series, Queensland registration 606SDQ and the trailer is a 1999 Macol tri-axle self-pumping tanker.
POLICE are seeking any information in relation to the theft of a Prime Mover and semi-trailer (pictured) from Leichhardt Highwy, The Gums, between 5pm on June 26 and 8pm on June 28. The prime mover is a 1999 Freightliner FLX series, Queensland registration 606SDQ and the trailer is a 1999 Macol tri-axle self-pumping tanker, Queensland registration 241QQA. Both are white in color. There is no signage on the truck. The tanker has a red frame.
The thieves have drained the fuel tanks of seven other trucks located at the premises and the window of another truck has been smashed and a 50 litre Waeco fridge taken. Also stolen were eight Maxxis brand 'mud digger' tyres size 265 75/16. This size would suit a Hilux or similar.
Police believe the offenders have arrived at the offence location in a utility or similar vehicle which has allowed them to take the 8 large tyres.
A further 400 litres of unleaded fuel has also been taken from a free standing fuel tower. It is unknown at this stage if this fuel was placed in a separate drum or used to refuel the pump on the tanker.
If you have any information please contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
New fatigue scheme allows truck drivers to work 11 days straight
Livestock transport industry gets flexible fatigue management template that allows 14-hour workdays.
Truck drivers hauling livestock will be able to work up to 11 days straight under a new fatigue management scheme to be introduced next month.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says the scheme, developed in consultation with industry, will take effect on July 1 to give the livestock transport sector greater flexibility in managing work and rest periods.
Companies and individuals with advanced fatigue management accreditation (AFM) will be able to schedule up to 11 consecutive 14-hour workdays as long as there is no driving between midnight and 4am.
The scheme also mandates particular rest intervals and frequent animal welfare checks.
"If a driver works for 14 hours in a 24-hour period they must have a minimum of 10 hours rest including seven continuous hours stationary rest including the hours between midnight and 4am," a spokeswoman for the NHVR says.
"Animal welfare requires that drivers stop and check the animals one hour after the commencement of the journey and every two hours during transport," the spokeswoman says.
The scheme will be available in all parts of Australia except Western Australia and the Northern Territory - the only two jurisdictions that have not adopted the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
The template is similar to basic fatigue management (BFM) in that it permits 14-hour shifts, but drivers under BFM must take a 24-hour break once they work six 14-hour days.
"The template does not allow a driver to drive longer hours on any single day than under BFM. However, it does allow them to drive for more consecutive days than BFM, provided that they have controls in place to manage the risk of driver fatigue," the spokeswoman says.
The scheme is the first of three templates the NHVR plans to introduce for the livestock transport sector.
The templates are the result of changes to AFM to streamline and reduce the costs of the scheme and prevent the need for trucking operators to compile a comprehensive safety case to gain accreditation.
"Up until now, operators had to invest significant time and money into developing their own separate safety case to apply for the AFM option," NHVR executive director of productivity and safety Geoff Casey says.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) worked with the NHVR on the development of the template.
ALRTA committee member and Frasers Livestock Transport managing director Ross Fraser says the template balances freight efficiency and safety.
"Real world data that informed the approach clearly showed there are times when we need to work longer hours, but when this was necessary it was done in a way that any potential risks were managed by extra rest or sleep to offset the fatigue risks," he says.
ALRTA vice president Graeme Hoare expects many trucking operators in the livestock sector will use the template.
"There are many operators who are interested in the AFM option but who have been deterred by the previous complex and expensive application system," he says.
"The template package is easy to understand and will be a simple transition for operators already accredited under BFM. New entrants will also be greatly assisted by the packing of supporting information that clearly outlines the operational requirements and how to meet them."
The 14-day template was flagged last year at the ALRTA’s 2014 conference and initially allowed for 12 consecutive days of work. The NHVR intended to introduce the template by the end of last year.
It says it is currently working on two other templates.
"The NHVR is looking at extending the scheme in the future to allow AFM accredited operators access to longer work days (for long runs) and the ability to pool hours across multiple days (for journey flexibility). These variations would have their own specific risk-offsetting measures," the spokeswoman for the NHVR says.
Police to crackdown of WA drivers
THREE truck rollovers in five days around the Mount Barker (WA) area has prompted police to crackdown on drivers.
In two separate incidents, three trucks rolled on the Albany Highway between June 22 and 26, closing a section of the road for over two days.
Superintendent Dominic Wood from Great Southern Police says the number warrants closer investigation.
"Having spoken to the local officers, three truck rollovers in one week is unusual.
"Over the next days and weeks we're going to be putting together a bit of a plan to specifically target the heavy trucks coming through the highway," he said speaking to Andrew Collins on ABC Great Southern Mornings.
EPA fines Hunter companies for trucking dangerous goods
The Environment Protection Authority has fined a Maitland trucking firm and Lake Macquarie fibreglass company over the unsafe transport of dangerous goods.
$20,000 in penalty notices were issued against G&N Costello Freight lines and Trojan Fibreglass after a member of the public alerted the EPA to a truck travelling on Newcastle's Kooragang Island in February.
It was carrying more than 5,500 litres of class three flammable liquid and organic peroxide.
Manager of the EPA's Hunter region unit Adam Gilligan said the truck did not have adequate signage.
He said both the truck and the driver were not licensed to carry dangerous goods in bulk, and some of the goods were not properly labelled.
He said both companies have also been issued with official cautions, and the driver was fined $2,000.
NHVR CEO: SA road train laws boost national productivity
Allowing quad road trains and tri-axle dollies in SA is a win for national productivity, NHVR CEO says
Recent improvements to heavy vehicle regulations in South Australia will have national productivity benefits, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto believes.
Speaking in the wake of changes by the South Australian Government, Petroccitto says the decision to allow road trains to utilise tri-axle dollies and permit quad road trains has brought the state in line with the rest of the country.
"Prior to this, quad road trains could not be used for the Adelaide to Darwin route," Petroccitto says.
"One of these combinations can now be used for all 3,000km of that route to carry up to 20t of extra mass over the traditional triple road train."
While the decision on quad roads trains took effect on June 4, tri-axle dollies could not be used on road trains until this week.
"Road trains will now be able to use tri-axle dollies for interstate trips into and out of South Australia," Petroccitto continues.
"This brings South Australia into line with the rest of the nation."
"This removes previous suspension, draw bar and turntable requirements for tri-axle dollies in South Australia, and for such vehicles to go through the Performance-Based Standards (PBS) scheme.
"A quad road train can carry about the same freight as 3.5 semi-trailers, and in addition to productivity gains, can provide additional operational flexibility to operators when they are broken up for onward journeys.
"Tri-axle dollies are generally speaking as safe, if not safer, than tandem-axle dollies, and operators will be able to gain an additional 7t for a triple road train."
The changes were on the back of a Government report announced in March that canvassed a number of stakeholders in the primary and transport industries.
The report predicted the addition of quad road trains would see an eight per cent productivity boost, while the tri-axle dollies would provide a six per cent increase.
"These improvements will not only benefit freight efficiency with South Australia, but will also benefit neighbouring states and the Northern Territory by removing cross-border differences in rules," Petroccitto says.
"A key reason for setting up the NHVR was to remove cross-border inconsistencies, so it’s great to see initiatives like these coming from the cooperative approach of the NHVR, state governments and industry working together."
Cyclist killed in collision with truck in Melbourne's west
A cyclist has died after being run over by a truck at Keilor East in Melbourne's north-west.
The cyclist was riding along Keilor Park Drive about 8:20am when the collision occurred.
Police said the truck had turned left from Slater Road onto Keilor Park drive.
"Investigators believe that the truck and cyclist collided and the rider went under the truck," police said in a statement.
The cyclist died at the scene.
Police said the truck driver was being questioned.