Both lanes of the Mid Western Highway were closed for almost three hours on Tuesday, April 15 after a removalist truck caught fire.
At around 10.30pm the driver pulled over after realising a section of the truck was on fire, about 15 kilometres north of Cowra.
The blaze was extinguished by the Rural Fire Service and both lanes were reopened by 1am.
The driver was unharmed, however all furniture being transported was destroyed.
Source: Cowra Guardian
The RSRT order requires pay within 30 days of receipt of owner-driver’s invoice
Abetz extended the RSRT review deadline
The first Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) order comes into effect on May 1.
The order, which was developed in consultation with industry stakeholders last year, will require companies to pay owner-drivers any undisputed amount within 30 days of receiving an invoice.
It also places restrictions on a company’s ability to make deductions.
Companies must also prepare and implement a written drug and alcohol policy by May.
The order requires an employer or hirer to provide a driver with written contracts, which may be in electronic format, covering details of the service to be provided, the period of the contract, remuneration and work hours.
Companies must keep a record of each contract for at least seven years.
The Tribunal will have the power to approve road transport collective agreements from May 1.
Meanwhile, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers Special Counsel Gillian Bristow has advised here clients that Employment Minister Eric Abetz has extended the deadline for the RSRT review.
"The review is now not expected to be completed until mid-April 2014 (any day now)," Bristow writes.
"Mr Abetz’s office has advised us that once the government receives the report, the government will first consider the report before issuing a response.
"The report will not be released to the public until the government has finalised its response."
A ministerial representative was unable to provide details when ATN called
Isuzu is celebrating its 25 year stint as Australia's top selling truck brand with a new range of models and five limited edition trucks.
The company is launching three S versions of popular models, offering more power and more choice when it comes to transmissions. The FRD 600-S, FSD 700-S and FSD 850-S all come with a tweaked version of the regular 7.8-litre engine which now produces an additional 15kW and 55Nm of torque, for a total of 191kW and 761Nm. An Isuzu six-speed manual or Allison torque convertor type automatic are available for FRD 600-S, which is rated to 11,000kg (including the truck and its load).
The FSD 700-S and FSD 850-S can be fitted with three transmissions including the Isuzu six-speed manual, the fully automatic Allison or the second generation Isuzu automated manual transmission (AMT). These trucks are rated at 12,000kg and 18,000kg respectively. All three rigs feature Hendrickson HAS200 airbag suspension at the rear.
Isuzu is also offering five limited edition trucks based on the FRD 600-S Long, FRD 600-S Long Premium Auto, FSD 700-S Long, FSD 700-S Long Premium AMT and FSD 700-S Long Premium Auto. These models get the S upgrades, as well LED daytime running lights in the front bumpers and polished Alcoa aluminium wheels. Interior extras include satellite navigation, premium speakers and steering wheel mounted controls for the centre information screen.
"Those who spend long hours in the cabin will appreciate the premium speakers and satellite navigation – we expect these models to be quickly snapped up by value conscious customers who also want to stand out from the crowd," says Isuzu Australia marketing manager, Jeff Birdseye. Isuzu has sold more than 138,000 trucks in Australia during the last 25 years and the company estimates that one in every four new trucks sold in Australia this year, will be an Isuzu.
A B-double carrying frozen chickens has rolled on the Western Highway near Ballarat.
The truck rolled at Middle Creek about 5am this morning.
Eemergency services are still cleaning up the scene.
It follows another B-double rollover on the Hume Freeway at Wangaratta late last night that caused a diesel spill.
Meanwhile, a driver had a frightening ordeal after a semi-trailer pushed his car along the road for several kilometres at Thomastown last night.
Police say a car and semi-trailer were travelling along the Hume Freeway in the rain about 5.30pm when the truck driver changed lanes and clipped the car.
The vehicle then became wedged on the front of the truck.
It was pushed along the road for several kilometres until the trapped motorist was able to gain the truck driver's attention by waving bright orange coloured electrical equipment out of his window.
The two drivers, men aged in their 40s, weren't injured.
Police have fined the NSW truck driver for failing to give way and also for having a vehicle defect.
Source: 3AW News Talk
Talk about a pushy truck driver.
A Melbourne motorist has survived being wedged in front of a truck and pushed along a highway for nearly five kilometres.
Police say the truckie had been changing lanes in the rain on the Metropolitan Ring Road during Wednesday’s evening peak when he clipped the car, wedging the vehicle in front of the semi-trailer.
The truck pushed the car 5km along the Ring Road.
The truck driver did not notice the car was being dragged down the highway until the driver started frantically waving electrical equipment out the window to catch his eye.
The ordeal had lasted about five kilometres after the car was first clipped on the ring road near Sydney Road in Fawkner.
Paramedics were called, but both drivers, in their 40s, escaped injury.
Senior Constable Scott Cowan urged motorists to take care, with rain setting in for the next few days.
‘‘It’s lucky that no one was hurt in this incident, and it could have had a far worse outcome,’’ he said.
The truck driver, from NSW, is expected to be fined for failing to give way, and for a vehicle defect.
Source: The Age
A SEMI trailer was allegedly caught driving on the wrong side of the Hume Fwy in Campbellfield (VIC) early this morning.
Police received a number of reports of the truck travelling towards the city from Donnybrook Rd in the north-bound lanes around 4.30am.
Epping police attempted to intercept the truck, which was travelling at slow speeds.
The driver initially ignored police direction but then eventually pulled over near Cooper St.
Police discovered the truck's side mirrors were smashed and had damage to the front grill.
The 64-year-old Shepparton man was subjected to a road side drug test and returned a positive reading.
He will now provide a blood sample which will undergo analysis.
Police said he was expected to be charged on summons with conduct endangering life, manner dangerous and a number of traffic related offences.
Anyone who witnessed the truck travelling on the wrong side of the freeway is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au
Source: Big Rigs
Former federal finance minister says governments need to accelerate the introduction of a new road charging scheme for the trucking industry.
Governments should prioritise an overhaul of heavy vehicle charges to fund new infrastructure, former federal finance minister Lindsay Tanner says.
Tanner, who now chairs the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), wants the work of the Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment (HVCI) group accelerated.
The HVCI is currently investigating potential reforms to the charges system, including fuel-based charging. Tanner wants trucks individually billed based on weight, distance travelled and the roads they use.
He says reform is vital to ensure Australia develops and maintains transport infrastructure that can cope with the significant growth in the freight task over the next 20 years.
"A key priority is to see the implementation of the Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment reforms expedited and prioritised by governments," he says.
"Industry believes the time is right to start a new way of charging heavy vehicles based on how heavy they are, where they are and how far they travel."
Tanner says the revenue from the new charging framework could be funnelled into infrastructure projects that have input from the heavy vehicle sector.
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) opposes mass-distance-location charging for trucks and instead wants governments to recover more fees through the fuel excise in return for lower registration charges.
"Fuel is a variable cost, so consumption will increase with distance and mass. As a result, the ATA plan will provide a greater incentive for operators to use fuel efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles," it says.
It adds that its proposal will also address congestion to some extent.
"Travelling in heavily congested areas is more fuel intensive, thus encouraging behavioural change," the ATA says.
Trimble Transport and Logistics ANZ has launched a new fatigue management screen that makes it easier for truck companies and drivers to remain compliant with the new Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
The Heavy Vehicle National Law was introduced on 10 February, replacing existing laws governing the operation of vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.
A need for safer regulations follows figures that show over the past five years 2851 truck drivers have lost their lives on Australian roads with countless more innocent people being injured or killed in truck-related crashes.
The fatigue management screen, which is displayed on the dashboard in the cab, delivers audio visual signals that proactively warn truck drivers and dispatchers when the maximum authorised driving time allowed under the new laws is close to being reached and when drivers need to take their mandatory break, helping to minimise risk and reduce the likelihood of any breaches occurring.
The fatigue management screen also keeps record of the truck drivers driving habits, history, breaches and unused time in accordance with the fatigue management scheme the driver is on.
“A truck driver who drives for too long is a danger to themselves and those around them. Our technology is designed to make driving safer by providing drivers and trucking companies with real-time information about excess driving times and dangerous driving practices,” said Tom Debeule, Business Development Manager, Trimble Transport and Logistics ANZ.
“The functionality of Trimble’s fatigue management screen will increase fleet performance and improve the fleet safety profile by enabling the dispatcher to effectively plan, deploy and monitor their fleet while ensuring all drivers are complying with the company’s fatigue policies and national laws,” said Debeule.
Trimble’s intelligent fatigue management interface supports the Standard Hours and Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) standards. The screen has two display types; Day and Week. The Day Screen features four columns which display the numeric value for the maximum authorised driving time (Period), time worked, time rested and required rest time (Min). The Period and Min columns are fixed values that are pre-determined based on the new HVNL.
The Period is split up in to four intervals (5h30, 8h, 11h and 24h for standard hours) and drivers and dispatchers are alerted when the maximum driving time is approaching and rest is required. If the driver does not take a break at a required interval the column will turn red and a breach warning will be sent directly to the back office. If the break is taken at the right time the value will turn green.
The Week Screen displays the required rest that needs to be taken by law in a 7-day and 14-day period. The fatigue screen will show how many working hours can still be performed in these periods and will use numerical values and rectangular symbols to convey what night rest is required.
The fatigue management screen monitors when a truck is on the move and drivers can register when they are loading/unloading material and resting with a simple push of a button; creating an electronic record of their work day.
Trimble Transport and Logistics have begun trialling the fatigue management screen with existing Trimble customers.
For more information about Trimble Transport and Logistics visit www.trimbletl.com.
The small Victorian town of Alexandra is preparing to host the 18th Annual Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show, and have confirmed an impressive line-up of exhibitors and events.
Alexandra Truck and Ute Show
Three major truck manufacturers are confirmed to be there so far: Kenworth, Volvo, and Scania. Red Bull Racing will also show off its Caltex Racing Team car.
"It’s up to our committee to come up with plenty of new attractions and features each year and the have worked hard to line up another major production for this year," show spokesperson Andrew Embling says.
A range of other events and displays are planned, including live music, a wood chopping competition, an extensive model truck display, and an array of restored and collectable vehicles.
"Our focus is always to present the annual Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show that has something for everyone and to make the entire show just a great inexpensive day out for families," Embling adds.
Patrons will also be able to visit the recently built Victorian Truck Drivers Memorial, at which there will be a service held at 2pm on June 7.
The free Queen’s Birthday weekend event will be held on Sunday, June 8, between 10am and 4pm at Grant Street.
ATA, TWU and NSW authorities raise awareness of safety issues at a dangerous time of the year
This is a risky time for safety on the roads
Organisations and authorities have issued advice and warnings to the public and the industry in the lead-up to Easter.
With holiday destinations across Australia experiencing extremely high bookings over the Easter/Anzac Day period, Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chief Executive Stuart St Clair has called for motorists to slow down and take care.
"ATA staff at our travelling road safety exhibition, the Safety Truck,are often asked how road users can share the road safely with heavy vehicles. It’s a question particularly asked by holiday-makers who tow caravans, motorhomes or boats, who may not do this regularly," St Clair said.
"Trucks use their full lane, so if you need to pull off the road, make sure you park well clear of the roadway. If you’re approaching an oncoming truck, you should stay to the left of your lane to reduce buffeting from air turbulence.
"If a slower vehicle is being overtaken by a truck, it’s essential to maintain your speed and stay in your lane. It’s also helpful to slow for a moment to allow the truck to pass more easily.
"Above all, all drivers should take regular rest breaks – it’s much better to arrive safe and well rested than to rush towards an accident."
The Transport Workers’ Union urges all motorists to have extra patience and drive with care in a bid to encourage greater awareness and safer driving.
TWU Queensland State Secretary Peter Biagini says the most important thing for motorists and other drivers to remember is to get you and your family to your destination safely.
"The roads are busier in our holiday periods and there are more truckies out there delivering the food and fuel we need," Biagini says.
"With that comes a lot of responsibility for both truckies and motorists."
He calls on both to have patience, take care and to have a greater awareness of each other.
Meanwhile, double demerit points are now in place in New South Wales.
Drivers who breach road rules will be slapped with double demerit points over Easter and the Anzac Day weekend.
Police will be out in full force on the roads from April 17 to 21 and 24 to 27.
NSW Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast says enforcing double demerit periods has proved to reduce road fatalities.
"Over the last five Easters there was an average of around four fatalities, close to 300 injuries and almost 500 recorded crashes for the five day public holiday each year," Prendergast says.
"If we compare the same periods before and after double demerit point penalties were enforced, we see there’s been more than a 30 per cent reduction in fatal crashes.
"That’s proof that double demerits encourage drivers to slow down and be safe on our roads."
She is calling on drivers to allow extra time on the roads and to drive to the road conditions.
Peak body CEO tells US counterpart next year might hold a new challenge
St Clair may move on from ATA
Australian Trucking Association CEO Stuart St Clair sees himself remaining in the post another year, he has told his counterpart in the US.
Speaking to American Trucking Associations CEO Bill Graves in an ATAMedia interview on YouTube, St Clair also noted the similar issues the two organisations share.
For example, both are pushing for a fuel-based charging regime and facing driver hours and electronic work diaries challenges.
They also share a similar federal structure, with the Australian body based on the US organisation’s model 25 years ago.
Asked how long he had been with his organisation, St Clair replied: "Eight years now, Bill. Another year, I think, will about do me out and I’ll go and do something else, then."
He was still enjoying the role, though, because it allowed him to drive large trucks, which amounted to him being "paid to do my hobby" when the occasions arise.
St Clair is travelling as a guest of trailer-maker CIMC to see its operations in the US and take in the Mid-America Trucking Show.
For his part, Graves voiced his hope to be able to return the visit in Australia.
A truck driver has been charged after travelling on the wrong side of the Hume Freeway.
The Shepparton man, 64, was travelling from Sydney to Melbourne when he was caught on the wrong side of the Hume Freeway at Campbellfield about 4.30am.
At the time he was travelling between 40 and 50 km/h, when police stopped him he returned a negative breath test but it’s believed he was under the influence of drugs.
Sniffer dogs were sent to search the semi-trailer which was damaged indicating it had been involved in a collision.
Highway Patrol Sergeant Dean Pickering said the man was travelling in the wrong direction for about 15 kilometres.
“This truck was stopped before he really got to a situation where anyone was harmed but it certainly had the potential to be disastrous,” he said.
The man was was charged with six offences including two counts of conduct endangering life, driving in a manner dangerous and driving while impaired.
He was bailed to appear in the Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on June 23.
A blood analysis from the 64-year-old will determine if he could face more charges.
Source: 3AW News Talk
A truck driver died after his vehicle burst into flames on the Pacific Highway, south of Port Macquarie.
Police say the driver was heading north on the highway near Kew when the truck ran off the road, crashed and ignited just after 3am on Thursday.
Emergency services are at the scene and one lane of the highway is closed, but police say traffic is moving well.
Source: Sky News
A panel of independent judges has announced the winners of the exhibitor awards for this year’s Melbourne International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show (ITTES).
Various award categories exist, including ‘Truck of the Show’ and ‘Outstanding Truck Manufacturer Display’, and the winners were decided based upon a list of criteria that included achievements in design innovation, effective use of space, product knowledge, and more.
Truck of the show
The Truck of the Show award was given to Isuzu for the FYJ 2000 8x4, a tweaked version of its 8x4 FY Series range. The changes made for this model include a shorter wheelbase, a reduction in tare weight, and a tighter turning circle.
Outstanding truck manufacturer display
Daimler Trucks took home the Outstanding Truck Manufacturer Display this year. Highlights from the Daimler stand include the Freightliner Revolution concept truck, and the Econic dual control garbage truck from Mercedes-Benz. See pictures of the Freightliner Revolution here.
Outstanding ancillary equipment display
Dana Australia won the Outstanding Ancillary Equipment Display award with a great looking stand that featured, amongst others, Dana’s D170 rear axle, a D2000 steer axle, and an SVL drive shaft.
Outstanding trailer/body manufacturer display
The Outstanding Trailer/Body Manufacturer Display award was shared between the CIMC Australia Road Transport Equipment Group, and Byford Equipment.
Outstanding customer service award
The Outstanding Customer Service Award went to Paccar Australia. Have a look at what Paccar had on display at their stands in this video interview with Paccar Managing Director Mike Dozier.
Most unique show attraction
Combilift Australia won the Most Unique Show Attraction award for its very impressive live outdoor demonstration of its container handler. You can see Matt Wood’s review and video of the Combilift SC3 T container handler here.
Best new product release
Alcoa Wheel Products won the Best New Product Release award for its Ultra One, a product that it claims is the lightest truck wheel on the market.
There were over 350 exhibitors showing off an estimated half a billion dollars of equipment at this year’s ITTES. Show organisers expect to have attendance figures confirmed in the coming weeks, but they say that early feedback indicates that numbers are up in comparison to previous years.
The trucking industry has paid tribute to Terry Nolan, seen here with Tony Abbott in 2011.
THE transport industry is mourning the loss of Terry Nolan.
Mr Nolan died yesterday after a long illness, aged 69 and his family is currently finalising funeral arrangements for a date sometime next week.
Mr Nolan ran Nolan's Interstate Transport for 30 years with his wife Daphne from their headquarters in Gatton and Australian Trucking Association chair Noelene Watson said he had been at the forefront of advancing safety and professionalism in the industry.
"When Terry and Daphne took over DM and MT Nolan from his father in the early 1970s, the business had three trucks and three employees," Ms Watson said.
"Today, the company is one of the largest family owned transport businesses in Queensland. It's also one of the safest and most professional transport businesses in the state."
Ms Watson said Terry was heavily involved in the development of better fatigue and work health and safety standards in the industry, including the ATA's TruckSafe program.
"He was one of the real characters of our industry as well. Whenever you were at a function, you knew when he was there - there was lots of laughter and lots of fun. But if you rang him for help with something, he was always there for you," she said.
Ms Watson said Terry would be missed by everyone.
"At this sad time, all our thoughts are with Daphne, his children and the other members of his family," she said.
The Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland also sang his praises
CVIAQ CEO Brett Wright offered his condolences to the Nolan family on Terry's passing.
"Terry was one of the mostly highly regarded people in the industry," Mr Wright said.
"There are a number of excellent operators setting the benchmark and Terry Nolan was one of those."
Terry and Daphne took over the business in the early 1970s when his father Mick retired.
Together they transformed the business from three trucks and three employees to over 100 trucks and 250 employees.
Source: Big Rigs