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TWU says ATA ignores drivers, crash victims
The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has taken aim at the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) today, accusing the industry body of failing to meet truck drivers and the families of truck crash victims.
The ATA, which is currently in a series of meetings post the RSRT’s successful repeal Bill on Monday, was the focus of a TWU protest this morning in Canberra and is alleged to have not given time to those attending the gathering.
In a statement, the union claims the protest was about the ATA’s opposition to "a solution to the crisis in trucking - despite supposedly representing the transport community".
Sue Posnakidis, a regular feature of the TWU’s RSRT campaign and sister of John Posnakidis, who was killed in a truck crash five years ago, says she "came here to ask why the Australian Trucking Association is against fixing the problems in transport and why they campaigned against safe minimum rates for truck drivers."
"They wouldn’t even give us five minutes," she says.
The accusation is backed by protest attendee and owner-driver Roy Ballantyne, who says he has been ignored.
"They deny there is any problem in transport, they oppose addressing the difficulties in my job and they oppose lifting the rates," Ballantyne says.
"And now they won’t even meet us to hear what we have to say."
The protest and accusations from the TWU follow the success of the coalition and a number of independent senators in passing legislation to remove the RSRT earlier this week.
The move has been backed by industry groups, including the ATA, but has received strong criticism from the TWU and the Labor party, which instigated the tribunal in 2012.
TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon says the "focus of the ATA is simple: money."
"They oppose addressing the problems transport operators and drivers face every day," he says.
"Their mates in big business and Government are backing them on this and playing politics with people’s lives."
The ATA has been contacted for comment, but has yet to respond.
Volvo Group launches survey to aid driver shortage report
Volvo Group Australia president Peter Voorhoeve is asking transport professionals to partake in a 10 minute on-line survey to examine the reasons behind the current driver shortage
In a bid to analyse the problems of truck driver availability and image in Australia, the Volvo Group has gone to the heart of the matter, seeking feedback from those involved in the road transport industry.
In a personal request, Volvo Group Australia president and CEO Peter Voorhoeve has posted an on-line 10-minute questionnaire which will form part of the group’s report into the issue. The survey needs to be completed by April 26.
"It has been two and a half years since I arrived in Australia to become the President of Volvo Group Australia," Voorhoeve says.
"During this time I’ve become increasingly aware that transport operators may soon face a qualified driver shortage – especially given that the transport task is predicted to double between 2010 and 2030.
"With an aging driver population, if this statistic proves to be correct, the shortage of qualified drivers will not only affect transport operators, but also Australian society in general.
"Without drivers who will transport fruit, vegetables, general freight, mail etc to ensure they eventually arrive in family homes?" he asks.
"I have commissioned a study to understand the extent of this problem and to explore what could be done to assist with this.
"I would value your personal contribution to this study – which will take just 10 minutes of your time.
"It’s important to me that my communications to the broader community, and any actions that we take, are truly representative of the Australian transport community.
"So I am appealing for your help – to ensure that your experiences and your ideas are reflected in this study," Voorhoeve says.
"The full report will be presented at the annual Volvo Group Australia Media Conference in the first week of May.
Senate to debate road tribunal abolition
The House of Representatives has passed Turnbull government legislation to scrap the road safety tribunal that ordered minimum pay for owner truck drivers
The Senate will soon decide whether to scrap the road safety tribunal, which imposes minimum pay rates on owner-driver truckies.
Hours after handing the Turnbull government a double dissolution trigger by rejecting for a second time a bill to reinstate the building industry watchdog, the Senate is expected to debate the tribunal's abolition.
The government slipped the bill - and another bill to freeze a minimum pay decision for owner-truck drivers - into this week's parliamentary agenda.
Parliament was recalled on Monday by the governor-general at the request of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a constitutional move not used in almost 40 years.
The intention was to deal with legislation to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission and a bill to crack down on unions.
The ABCC bill was voted down by the Senate on Monday evening.
Last week the government revealed it would also introduce legislation to scrap the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
The coalition used its numbers to gag debate on the abolition on Monday evening before the lower house passed the bill and sent it to the Senate.
If the abolition bill isn't passed in the upper house, the government's back-up plan is to freeze a minimum pay rate decision for owner-drivers, which the coalition says puts 35,000 businesses at risk.
Nationals MP Mark Coulton told parliament the decision deprived owner-driver truckies from achieving the great Australian dream of being your own boss.
He said the decision forced drivers to park their trucks because they can't compete against bigger transport companies.
Employed truck drivers were not covered by the minimum pay decision, only drivers who own their own vehicles making it cheaper for bigger companies who employ drivers.
Mr Coulton, who holds a heavy vehicle driver's licence, said owner-drivers would have to charge a higher rate than the average to comply with the rules.
They had two options: break the law and hope they weren't caught or charge the higher rate and miss out on the job.
"This is not about safety, this is about anti-competitive behaviour," he said on Monday.
Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne argues there is no tangible safety outcome from the tribunal.
Labor disagrees, saying there is a direct correlation between minimum pay rates and road safety.
Scrapping the tribunal would make roads less safe for all Australians.
Mr Pyne says it's vital to abolish the body to ensure owner-truck drivers can keep working.
"This is about those operators who just want to earn a living so they can continue to sponsor their local sporting club, St John's Ambulance or their children's school without having their livelihood threatened," he told parliament.
It appears the government has enough support in the Senate to pass at least the freeze.
New expos set for ITTES
IMPRESSIVE: An Acco refuse truck. Iveco will display at the ITTES in the Waste Expo.
STILL not sure if you should attend this year’s International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show?
With the event sold out, a live test track, roads and civil expo and waste management exhibition there’s more than just trucks there.
There’s a huge line-up of exhibitors that have packed the Melbourne Showgrounds for the event.
“We can also confirm that a number of major truck and OEM brands will be at ITTES 2016,” said Simon Coburn, show director.
“This year’s Melbourne Truck Show will also feature a dedicated Education and Careers Pavilion for attracting new members to the commercial road transport industry as well as increasing the skills, qualifications and knowledge base of the existing work force.
“On top of that, a number of prominent Australian fleet operators will showcase their own equipment, adding another important element to the event.”
Shaping up to become one of the largest trade show events of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Coburn said the 2016 edition of ITTES will not only bring together truck, trailer and equipment manufacturers from Australia and around the globe, but also play host to the first-ever Roads and Civil Works Expo and Waste Management in Action exhibition.
The new Waste exhibition has gained support by many of the leading providers to the industry, with a special focus on equipment to transport waste and recyclables.
According to show organisers, the first-ever Waste Equipment in Action exhibition to be staged as part of ITTES had companies such as Wastech, Superior Pak, Applied Machinery, Ausco Truck Bodies and Vacuum Truck Supplies and more – including major truck brands – locked in.
“It’s an exciting time for all those businesses involved with each one considered a leading brand when it comes to waste transfer and vocational equipment, resources recovery and supplies,” said Coburn.
“Visitors will not only benefit from being exposed to the latest and most innovative equipment in today’s market, but most importantly, ITTES will offer demonstration areas to display their performance capabilities in action – with moving areas and a live test track area giving attendees the opportunity to witness the capabilities of the vehicles and equipment live and up close.
“ITTES 2016 is definitely a can’t-miss event.” The Melbourne Truck Show will be held from May 5-7 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Trucking boss Peter Colbert jailed for more than 12 years over driver Robert Brimson's death
An Adelaide trucking company boss has been jailed for 12 and a half years over a driver's death caused by faulty brakes.
Peter Francis Colbert, 56, was found guilty of manslaughter over the death of driver Robert Brimson in March last year.
Mr Brimson took action to avoid heavy traffic on Main South Road at Happy Valley in the moments before his truck slammed into a pole.
A jury also convicted him of endangering the life of another driver, Shane Bonham, two days before the fatal crash.
The Supreme Court heard Colbert was repeatedly warned about the truck's faulty brakes.
Justice David Peek said Colbert was a risk-taker on the road who thought he would have survived such a brake failure.
Justice Peek quoted extensively from a psychological report during the hour-long sentencing.
He described Colbert as a narcissist who had misplaced arrogance and self-confidence, particularly about his driving abilities.
He said Colbert told the psychologist he could have survived such brake failure if he was driving.
"I can bet you though that 10 to 1 that I'd still be sitting here talking to you if I did drive the truck that day," Colbert said.
"I don't expect people to do what I can do with a truck.
"The truth is most of the blokes I deal with have no skill.
"To be honest I'm still trying to figure out why he [Mr Brimson] hit the post ... I wouldn't have gone near that.
"It's instinct, you've either got it or you don't.
"But he did save other lives so I can't knock the bloke."
Justice Peek said Colbert continues to deny any knowledge of the truck's faulty brakes, despite the jury verdicts.
"Mr Colbert maintained that no one under his employment had brought the issue of the faulty brakes to his attention prior to the fatal accident," he said.
He said Colbert had characterised himself as a "thrill seeker" on the roads who liked to speed, and admitted to driving from Adelaide to Melbourne in six hours.
Driver's final moments recorded on dash cam
Justice Peek said Colbert also told the psychologist that he once did the 50-kilometre journey from Salisbury in Adelaide's north to Mount Barker in the hills in under 20 minutes.
"A major concern here is that ... you purport to claim a positive right to drive however fast you like," Justice Peek said.
"Such driving is only performed with a high level of danger to members of the public who might emerge in the path of your vehicle."
The final moments of Mr Brimson's life were recorded by a dash board camera in the truck.
The judge read out his final words before the vehicle crashed into the pole.
"Oh [expletive] brakes," Mr Brimson said.
"Where am I gonna [expletive] go.
"I've got nowhere to [expletive] go."
Colbert took over the Green Fields trucking company in January 2014 after its previous owner went bankrupt.
Before that, Colbert worked as a driver in the same truck involved in the fatal collision.
The court heard the truck was used five days a week and had clocked up more than 800,000 kilometres by the time of Mr Brimson's death.
Colbert jailed for previous offences
Colbert was jailed for nine years in 1998 for the rape, attempted rape and gross indecency of two women.
The court heard in both offences Colbert approached the women in public and threatened them with a bladed weapon.
He received a two month suspended sentence for driving offences in 2012.
Justice Peek said there was a troubling theme common to Colbert's past and present offending.
"[That is] of a lack of concern on your part for the effects that your conduct will have on other people," he said.
Colbert stood slumped in the dock and stared at the floor during the sentencing, and showed little emotion.
The sentence comes with a non-parole period of 10 years.
Colbert has been banned from driving until further court order.
Legally driven out of business: truckie pay row
THE Nationals will move to delay legislation they say will put “mum and dad” truck operators out of business, but they will have to wait until parliament sits on April 18, leaving self-employed truck drivers in limbo and potentially breaking the law.
On Wednesday night, the Federal Court dismissed an application to stop the introduction of minimum pay rates for self-employed truck drivers.
Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce said the change would “hurt a lot of people”.
“To give you a classic example, you might pick up 60 head of cattle in Tamworth and drive them down to Adelaide for $4000 – to pay for fuel on the way back, you pick up a couple of bulls and if you get a few hundred bucks for that, it will help you pay for fuel to get the truck back home,” the New England MP said.
“This piece of legislation says you can’t do that; you have to charge exactly the same amount as you did on the trip down.
“Owner-drivers just won’t be able to pick up a load on the way home, and if they can’t pick up a load, they miss out on a heap of money.”
The minimum pay rates were set by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), which was established by the previous government to improve road safety.
Nationals Senator John Williams, a vocal critic of the law, said he was “disgusted” with the Federal Court’s decision.
“There is real concern that this terrible law will damage so many people in small businesses,” Senator Williams said.
“There are people hauling loads right now that are breaching the law. Under the law, they face a $54,000 fine for each breach – it’s going to force people to go bankrupt.
“The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can’t do anything because the order came through a parliament established body [RSRT], which in my opinion should be scrapped, pulled apart and closed down.”
The Nationals will move to delay the legislation until January 2017, but Senator Williams said the bill would need the support of the Senate crossbenchers.
Maggie Welsh, owner of Welsh Freight Services in Kootingal, said the “frustrating” law would affect the small business she runs with her husband.
“We’ve got jobs to do, so we are going to do them – but there are already people sitting down because they’ve been told they have no work,” Mrs Welsh said.
She said introducing minimal wages for owner-operators wouldn’t improve road safety.
“The whole safety issue isn’t anything to do with money, it’s to do with how people conduct themselves,” Ms Welsh said.
“Our truck and equipment is serviced by registered services, it’s not backyard jobs like most people think.” Ms Welsh said the changes wouldn’t just affect owner-operator drivers, it would impact all the local services they used, such as tire dealerships, petrol stations and mechanics.
“It’s a flow-on effect: if we lose our business, they lose our business.”
Meanwhile, the Australian Trucking Association will lead a convoy to Canberra later this month, to protest against the introduction of the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order, and in support of federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash’s call for industry to show its support for legislation delaying the order.
The convoy will take place on April 18, the same day the legislation is due to be introduced into parliament.
Truck cop's tough love: Ian Musgrove on the beat
Retired police officer Ian Musgrove made a mark with the Victorian truck task force and then with truckies on the second major route between Sydney and Adelaide
When Victoria Police leading senior constable Ian Musgrove hit town, local legend Trevor 'Blue' Wyatt noticed something extraordinary happening.
Car and truck accidents in the area started dropping off.
Blue should know. He’s been a volunteer ambulance driver in the Victorian Mallee town of Murrayville for 50 years.
"After a year or two of Ian being here, I think for the rest of the time we never had a truck tip over, and they were tipping over as regularly as clockwork," Blue recalls of his mate.
"He stopped most of the accidents on the highway because everyone was looking for that mongrel copper hiding somewhere, so it slowed them down and kept them awake."
Of local road accident victims, Blue adds this: "The help he gave the families was incredible".
Murrayville is halfway between Sydney and Adelaide on the second major truck route between the two cities. It’s just across the border from the South Australian town of Pinnaroo.
Musgrove’s effectiveness in saving lives on the Mallee Highway shouldn’t have surprised anyone when he moved up from the big smoke in Melbourne in 1997.
Through most of the 1980s and 1990s he had been trying to minimise the carnage on the Hume Highway and elsewhere as a member of the VicPol truck task force.
At one stage he literally wrote the book for general duties officers on how to deal with truckies, and from Murrayville travelled all over Victoria presenting courses to up to 50 police at a time.
Now battling the Parkinson’s disease which forced him to retire in 2008, Ian Musgrove is still doing what those who know him say he’s been doing for decades – serving the community way beyond the call of duty.
"Since his retirement he hasn’t backed off," says Blue Wyatt. "He’s looking after a lot of the senior people’s gardens (for free); he’s always cleaning up around the town and footy oval."
And despite problems speaking, Musgrove – or 'Mussy' as everyone calls him – works closely with Blue in the local Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer bush fire brigade movement.
Blue, a farmer, is the group officer for District 18 in the Mallee, with Mussy as the group secretary/treasurer and one of the communications officers in the local control facility.
SYMPATHY FOR DRIVERS
Despite booking thousands of truck drivers in his time, Ian Musgrove says he found most of them to be "good honest hard-working fellers". There weren’t many female drivers in his heyday of course.
Musgrove says he became an expert at telling when he was being lied to.
His next comment about a lot of the drivers he encountered might shock you.
"They’re just like victims of domestic violence," he says. "Sure, that can’t happen if the drivers don’t cooperate, but they get used and abused that much by their bosses they get used to it.
"If you threatened people in an ordinary industry, you would have nobody working for you."
So how do cowboy company owners get away with pushing drivers?
"They say it didn’t happen or they put people in the middle between them and the drivers – operations managers, compliance managers, I think they put them there to take the pressure if anything happens. They’re the scapegoats."
RFT celebrates more work in boost for new MD
Ron Finemore Transport gains extended Woolworths deal as Parry settles into to top job
Ron Finemore Transport (RFT) reports it has gained extra work for its liquids business from major retailer Woolworths.
The win is a fillip for new MD Mark Parry, who is just months into his tenure.
Parry thanked the RFT team for continuing to safely deliver to Woolworths during this tender process.
The decision "is a validation of our performance and Woolworths trust in our ability to provide safe and reliable service", the company says.
Parry succeeded the outgoing Laurie Brothers who has served in the position in the 11 years since the company was established.
"Laurie has successfully guided our growth and development, which has been particularly evident through turbulent times in our early years" chairman Ron Finemore said at the time.
"This appointment of our new managing director is a key decision in our succession planning strategy and will help underpin the long term future of our company.
"It follows current MD Laurie Brothers decision to take on a new role in the company as chief fleet and maintenance officer as part of our succession planning strategy".
An "extremely excited" Parry came to the position with the board having recognised his "record of leading and developing businesses and their people through engagement, communication, coaching and mentoring initiatives".
HVIA calls for feedback on new PBS policy
With a focus on safety technology, the industry body is asking for feedback on its new PBS policy and has made further inroads into a review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act
The first meeting of the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA)-established National Manufacturers Council has proposed advancing the body’s Performance Based Standards (PBS) Vehicles Policy and outlined an upcoming review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act.
The inaugural meeting of the council, established to provide an opportunity for national members to add their voice to policy and technical issues relevant to the industry, took place in Brisbane and is one of three that will occur around the country.
With the remaining two meeting to occur in Melbourne on April 27 and in Perth on May 19, the council unveiled its new PBS policy for open discussion.
The new policy calls for a higher level of safety measures to be introduced as standard for all PBS approvals, with a need to ensure the standards are indeed ‘world’s best’.
"HVIA is committed to improving the safety and productivity of the heavy vehicle fleet," HVIA CEO Brett Wright says.
"PBS vehicles are the flagships of the fleet and it is critical that they meet a high minimum level of dynamic safety performance which provides assurance to the community".
For this to occur, the HVIA has suggested all PBS trucks be compliant and fitted with ABS and electrical connections per Australian Design Rule (ADR) 35/04.
PBS-approved trailers would need be fitted with EBS per UNECE R13 and a Vehicle Stability Function, which shall include roll-over control meeting the requirements of Annex 21 of UNECE R13 – a move that NVIA says is "well documented and established" as "the ‘best bang for buck’ when it comes to rollover and/or accident prevention" on trailers.
"This is now a mature technology which together with ABS on the truck will see a marked improvement in the PBS fleet safety performance," the industry body says.
At present, the PBS standards state the following braking system requirements:
The HVIA says these standards, combined with poor road conditions, can result in accidents.
"All it takes is for a marginal vehicle to be operating on a marginal part of the network with a small amount of driver error or adverse weather conditions to end up with a potential disaster," a policy statement from Wright says.
The body’s CEO says while "Australia’s PBS fleet is promoted as world’s best and the safest… the reality is many vehicles in the PBS fleet do not reflect the level of safety performance portrayed."
"There is not much that can be done about the road infrastructure, weather conditions or driver error in the short run.
"However, we can do something about eliminating the poorer performing PBS vehicles in the fleet."
The HVIA would also like to look at Front Under-run Protection (FUPS) certified to ADR 84 and UN ECE-R93 and safer cabs via compliance with UN ECE–R29 for cabin strength as additional flow-on effects of the PBS proposal.
Stating that these changes will "provide a baseline level of dynamic safety performance for the PBS fleet", the industry body is asking for comment and feedback from its members and the wider industry before it will call upon its implementation by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the state and territory governments.
The focus of the council’s look into the Motor Vehicle Standards Act is the need to review the arrangements around importing second-hand heavy vehicles, it says.
The council meeting in Brisbane also reviewed the progress of the Safety Chains and Coupling Review, National Heavy Vehicle Braking Strategy (mandating of ESC on heavy vehicles), VSB6 Review, Australian Standards committee work, Livestock Loading Review, Load Restraint Guide Review, and Multi-combination Braking Compatibility Guide.
The next meeting of the National Manufacturers Council will take place on April 27 at Punt Hill, Essendon in Melbourne. It begins at 9am.
The third meeting, yet to have a venue confirmed, will occur on May 19 from 9am.
Trucks to trigger extended time on green lights
Trucks will get extra time to cross at traffic lights at more than 100 Sydney intersections in a new trial announced by NSW Roads Minister and former truckie Duncan Gay.
The Minister said the trial would cut how many times trucks needed to stop and improve traffic flow for all road users using technology that allowed trucks to “talk” to road infrastructure.
“Heavy vehicles take a long time to stop and start which can cause delays for all road users,” Mr Gay said.
“This trial will detect a heavy vehicle approaching traffic lights and provide more green time, which will hopefully show us how we can ease delays for all motorists across the whole network in the future.”
The trial uses Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (CITS) technology, which enables vehicles to communicate with other vehicles, road infrastructure and traffic signals.
This technology is sometimes called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and uses dedicated short-range wireless systems.
Transport NSW describes it working like this: “They share information, such as vehicle position, direction and speed, with other connected vehicles at a rate of 10 times per second.
“Based on this information, drivers in connected vehicles receive safety alerts about potential dangers. Drivers over the crests of hills or around bends can be warned of risks on the road ahead.”
The government will partner with Australian tech company Codha Wireless and involve around 110 trucks initially.
There is also discussion around whether the technology could be expanded to include emergency vehicle and buses.
Under the trial, the smart infrastructure will be installed on major freight corridors including sections of Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta Road and King Georges Road.
“The results of this project will inform the way we look at incorporating connected vehicle technology on other vehicles and is a key step towards making Sydney infrastructure-ready for connected and automated vehicles in the future,” Mr Gay said.
“Congestion costs Sydney about $5 billion each year. With congestion increasing we are looking at all of our options and putting in place immediate measures to tackle congestion while work on major road projects such as WestConnex and NorthConnex continues.”
The trail will be monitored by the Transport Management Centre and traffic light systems can override the wireless technology, if necessary.
Centra Balance takes off
PERFECT BALANCE: Fitting Centra Balance behind the tyre.
FROM loading bays to workshops and truck stops the word keeps spreading about Centra Balance Australia. In only one year since starting Centra Balance Australia, owner Simon McQuillan said it has really taken off.
The group based near Brisbane in Queensland, are now selling Australia and New Zealand-wide and have customers coming back over and over again to fit out their fleets.
Mr McQuillan said one-off owner operators have fitted out their rigs from as far as Tasmania to Cairns, Northern Territory and Western Austraila, then co-workers, subbies and fleet operators have heard about the extra tyre life gained while using the product.
Some operators who have used the product since starting 12 months ago, are 1800 BIG TOW and the Boonah Carrying Co, to larger businesses who are long distance operations like Blu Logistics and Nolans Interstate Transport.
Boonah Carrying Co owner Gary Faulkner said his business had Centra Balance plates on four of their fleet of UD curtain sider trucks and he was “very happy with the results”.
“Given the condition of some of the roads we travel on, wheel balancing is an issue. Before fitting the balance rings drivers regularly complained of steering shake or shudder,” he said.
“Since fitting the rings, this problem has been eliminated altogether, also removing the need for our tyre fitter to remove and balance steer tyres at least two times in the life of the tyre.
“The added bonus is that once you purchase the balance rings you have no more balancing costs, due to their outlasting performance.
“I have no hesitation in recommending Centra Balance rings to any truck owner who like myself is looking to fix steering shake or shudder or tyre wear in late model trucks.
“We intend to fit balance rings to all our existing fleet and to all new vehicle purchases as required.”
When Mr McQuillan’s family long-distance fuel-distribution business started using the balance plates they knew they were onto something good.
The balance rings were a great way to get mileage out of their Volvo, Kenworth and Freightliner’s tyres.
One thing they didn’t plan on was the extra fuel economy they were achieving with the prime movers and trailers being in complete balance.
There was another effect also, that because the prime mover was not working as hard, there was a huge difference in service and maintenance costs.
Having noticed such an overnight change in the way the truck handled and the extra tyre life using the product, they told others in the transport industry what they had found, and still today no one competes with the Centra Balance 100 day money back guarantee.
“Do as I did, try it and if you don’t like it, you will get your money back,” Mr McQuillan said.
Since starting the business, he has had a number of apprehensive customers question the product, but within a short time, they have come back to reorder as they too could see the savings.
On average the balancers pay for themselves after the first set of tyres.
Another benefit is that the Centra Balance product fits all wheel settings, whilst competitors have different sizes for different wheels.
Mr McQuillan also sits on a one size fits all principle so if you have an American truck, you get American plates regardless of them being offsets, super singles or standard rims - the plates fit over the hub, behind the rim.
The European and Asian trucks are also a one size fits all design which again is placed behind the rim, out of harm’s way, that truly makes this product, one of a kind.
So visit the Centra Balance crew at the Melbourne Truck Show on stand MA103
and get hold of a show deal sale, as this product will continue to pay for itself over hundreds of thousands of kilometres, and for years to come.
Three killed during spate of serious road crashes in Tasmania
Three people have been killed in a spate of serious crashes on wet roads around Tasmania.
Two people were killed in a crash between a truck and a car near Devonport in the state's north-west.
It is believed five people were involved in the collision on Port Sorell Road at Wesley Vale.
The truck driver was taken to hospital but details of his injuries are unknown.
Tasmania Police Inspector Chane LeFevere said a third vehicle was involved in the crash.
"It appears that a small sedan has been travelling east on the Port Sorell Road and has had some sort of collision with a large semi-trailer and there has also been a third vehicle involved," he said.
"The road is wet, we've had a considerable number of crashes throughout the district today because of the rain and when it hasn't rained for some days the road does become slippery.
"That may be the cause but we are certainly looking at all options."
Police said Port Sorell Road at the junction of Pardoe Road would be closed for at least six hours and drivers have been told to avoid the area.
Another person was killed in a two-vehicle crash on the Channel Highway in Oyster Cove in Tasmania's south.
The driver of one of the cars was taken to hospital but police said the "level of injuries was not known".
Helicopter makes emergency landing on highway
Earlier in the day, the emergency helicopter was sent to a crash in the state's south.
Police and emergency services were called to the two-vehicle crash on the Channel Highway at Cygnet.
The highway was closed as the emergency helicopter landed on the road but police said the conditions of the those injured were not life-threatening.
A stretch of the Bass Highway in the state's north-west was also closed after a crash involving a LPG gas truck.
Police said the truck went through a fence and into a paddock just off the highway at Doctors Rocks, east of Wynyard.
The driver was trapped in the wreckage before being taken to hospital.
Government to fund $55m to fix NSW Black Spots
The Australian Government will invest $55.1 million in funding for 216 dangerous Black Spots across New South Wales.
The investment comes under the national Black Spot Program, which targets road locations where crashes are occurring and reduces the risk of crashes through funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.
According to the Chair of the New South Wales Black Spot Consultative Panel, Calare MP John Cobb, the investment in NSW Black Spot projects would deliver safer roads in 86 local government areas throughout the state.
“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 34 fatal and 1123 injury crashes recorded at these sites,” he said.
The panel that reviews priorities for the region’s Black Spot Program includes representatives from the NRMA, NSW Federation of P&C Associations, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, NSW Police and state and local government.
The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Program from 2014–15 to 2018–19, including an additional $200 million over two years from 2015–16 to improve road safety across the nation.
Tassie Truckin’ - Brian Scott
Tassie Truckin: Brian Scott
“WHAT could be a better way to make a living than this?” asked Brian Scott from Devonport the other day, when he rolled in driving a 2002 RBA Linehaul K-104 with a 14 Litre Detroit up front and towing a fridge pan loaded with “pot holes” on his return from Hobart to Devonport.
“No, it’s all good just now”, he said, “great crowd, and no regrets”.
“I’ve been here for two years now and they are a top mob of blokes to work with and for from Bruce, the Boss, down.
“It’s a really good job too, and as for the truck, well I am sort of attached to it, as I used to drive it for Gerry Honan back in the good old days running to the west coast.”
Time off, Brian tells us, is spent with the family and working around home.
Truck rollover on Great Eastern Highway
A truck driver has been taken to hospital after his vehicle rolled over on Great Eastern Highway early this morning.
Emergency services were called to the crash in Glen Forrest at 2.20am.
The truck rolled over on Great Eastern Highway in Glen Forrest. Picture: 7 News
The driver was taken to St John of God Midland Public Hospital.
The westbound lane of Great Eastern Highway between Bailey and Hardey Roads is closed.