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Sick of the hypocrisy spewing from some industry representatives, Scotty Douglas thinks some must have had their memory wiped
Ever notice how aliens only ever seem to abduct stupid people? Considering how many smart people there are in the world you’d think the law of averages would mean that occasionally they’d net at least a couple of academics, scientists or at least someone with some sort of credibility.
But no, the little green men only choose to beam up in-bred Mid-Western corn farmers with a taste for backyard hooch and then return them with their minds erased and a sore bottom. Makes you wonder what sort of picture these aliens have painted of humanity after their research.
But imagine you dumped one of those recently-abducted, moonshine-swilling, in-bred corn farmers with a freshly erased mind and a sore bottom into an Australian transport industry association conference and then asked him his opinion on what is going on.
No doubt our corn farmer would shift uncomfortably in his seat, for more than a couple of reasons (sitting for example may be a little uncomfortable). But I reckon it wouldn’t take too long for the word hypocrisy to come up in conversation.
Ever noticed that many of the faces that sit on some of the industry associations in this country also have a long history of running transport companies? Of course they do, and many of them have been quite successful. Good on them for having the gumption, guts and determination to succeed.
But, it’s the pontification that sticks in my throat. There are more than a couple of faces speaking on behalf of the industry that made their money from fast trucks, drugged drivers and elastic log books. Okay so maybe that was the way of doing things back in the day. But to then bolt on some respectability and preach to the rest of the industry reeks of hypocrisy.
These people are kidding themselves if they think that anyone with a history in trucking doesn’t remember their trucks flashing past in the night, often, I might add, with a TruckSafe placard shining from the back doors. Get off the f**king soap box!
It’s okay now, over the years you’ve made your money, built your relationships with customers, bought your own infrastructure and now have a nice house, a boat and a suit that isn’t shiny. Now you’ve got depots in most states and maybe are even now publicly listed. You can afford to preach about accountability, compliance and best practice. Hell you can probably even afford to have a whole compliance department.
How easy it is to pretend that the business wasn’t also built on the blood, sweat and tears of hard working drivers. Many of whom bent the rules to get the job done for you and ultimately sacrificed their long term health and in some instances even died building that business. Just hearing any of them lecturing on compliance and what the industry needs makes my vasectomy scar ache.
Of course people have the right to reinvent themselves. Sure back in the day things were different. But at least be honest about it. Stand up in front of your peers and admit that you used to run a shonky outfit but turned it around. At least some people outside the room you are addressing would maybe have some respect for you. Geez, after all it works for footy players after a big night on the town.
No, best to pretend that no one now respectable ever specced their trucks up to run fast, no one ever encouraged drug use and no one ever completely disregarded driving hours. It was only a small cowboy minority that gave the industry a bad name wasn’t it?
As the driver population ages we’re seeing some well respected long term driver’s shuffle off to that roadhouse in the sky. Many of them too soon as a result of the trucking lifestyle. At least have the decency to acknowledge the sacrifices they’ve made over the years.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not painting drivers as victims of some evil empire. We make choices, we know the job and there was a time when that meant pedal to the metal and logbooks be damned. And that time is now over. Just stop with the preachy double speak and be real for f**k’s sake. Maybe people will then actually listen.
Aim for a better industry, aim for a safer industry by all means. Promote a better image for trucking. But don’t pretend that the past didn’t happen and it was all someone else’s doing. You know who you are. Even alien brainwashed Cletus from Iowa who married his cousin in a hooch-induced haze would be able to see through your bullshit.
In the mean time I’ve got some great candidates for the aliens to speak to. It could be an interesting study into human ethics, honesty and the rewriting of history.
Speaking of which the truck stereo is going all weird and I can see strange lights in the sky. Maybe I’ll pull over to have a look……
Brisbane traffic: M1 crash at Beenleigh sparks major delays
Heavy delays on the M1 have doubled as commuters slog through 14 kilometres of backed up traffic.
A car and a truck driver were both unharmed when a truck rolled northbound at Beenleigh about 7am.
Delays backed up to Yatala almost immediately.
About 8.30am, the Australian Traffic Network's Brad Hunter told ABC Radio the delays were back 14 kilometres to Pimpama.
A truck has rolled on the M1 at Beenleigh.
Police issued another update just before 11am.
Wellard keen to put tough year behind it
New CFO and full year of new ship combined with normalised conditions bolsters expectations
Livestock logistics player Wellard is looking to better times this financial year, with chairman David Griffiths pointing to some silver linings after last year’s dark financial clouds.
The positives came in the listed firm’s annual report, which was accompanied by news of a new chief financial officer, former Consolidated Pastoral Company CFO John Stevenson as its new CFO, taking over from interim CFO Alan Rule
It was the second senior position to see change this month after it announced Michael Silbert as company secretary, replacing Yasmin Broughton.
Griffiths notes that, despite difficulties which saw projections from its listing last year fail to reach targets, "we were still able to record a pro forma net profit after tax of $14.8 million", while it also shipped a near record number of cattle, at almost 425,000 head, in the face of record high cattle prices due to graziers’ post-drought restocking.
"Wellard expects that the tight supply conditions that exist in the Australian market will persist throughout most of FY 2017 but will ease in the following year as a return to normal weather conditions and the maturing of the herd rebuilding increases the supply of cattle and puts downward pressure on the record prices in Australia," the company says.
"This should allow Wellard to improve its volumes and margins towards the levels it would normally expect from this trade."
Much of the ship trouble was due to delays to the new Ocean Shearer, the induction of which into the Wellard fleet boosts shipping capacity by 50 per cent but which completed only one voyage.
It also faced crankshaft breakdowns of the Ocean Outback and the Ocean Swagman, insurance claims for which has been submitted.
"The company is looking forward to the start of construction of a new pre-export quarantine facility at Livingstone, near Darwin, in the 2018 financial year and further productivity enhancements, including a traceability app for export livestock to Vietnam.
It has also bought land at Condah, near Portland in Victoria, to develop another.
"This purpose-built facility will provide a number of advantages to Wellard including improved performance when compared to our older, leased premises," Griffiths says of the Darwin premises.
"This will include operational efficiencies from improved induction and load-out design; better environmental performance and also revenue from third party consigners who use the facility."
MD and CEO Mauro Balzarini described the troubles last financial year as a "perfect storm" but predicts better times as cattle prices fall and its entry into new sourcing markets including Central and South America and exports to China come on tap.
Wellard also commenced construction of a sixth custom build livestock carrying vessel, the Ocean Kelpie, which is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2018.
Meanwhile, the West Australian reports the Ocean Swagman and the Ocean Outback may be sold, with the newspaper suggesting a value of $80 million for the pair, though a formal sale process is yet to begin.
One dead after car collided with semi-trailer in Brisbane
At least one person has died after a car collided with a semi-trailer in Brisbane’s east.
Emergency services rushed to the scene after the two vehicles collided on Old Cleveland Road, Capalaba, just after 3am.
One person from inside the car was killed in the crash. It is unknown if there was more than one person in the vehicle at the time.
The driver of the truck is being treated for minor injuries and is assisting police with their inquiries.
Old Cleveland Road has been closed in both directions which is expected to cause traffic delays for peak hour commuters.
Oil Analysis Can Be a Useful Tool
Keeping on top of maintenance in a fleet is vital and oil analysis can be a useful tool in drilling down into just what is happening inside an engine or any other component requiring lubricants.
In today’s highly competitive market, full utilisation of every piece of equipment is critical to the success of every operation. Operators rely on their service partners to provide ways of ensuring the equipment availability is achieved and without compromise. Castrol provides lubricants to fleets backed with a comprehensive used oil analysis service to allow optimised service intervals for their particular application.
Used oil analysis has been used by equipment manufactures like Caterpillar and Komatsu for many years and has become an integral part of the mining industry’s move to proactive maintenance programs.
Today, the vast majority of component manufacturers in the transport and building/ construction industry recommend and provide guidelines to assist their customers to best use the valuable information provided by oil analysis to protect their assets and reduce maintenance costs.
With transport fleets achieving 400,000 to 500,000 km per year in shuttle applications, this high demand on their equipment uptime has forced operators to look for every opportunity to have a proactive and predictive maintenance strategy to avoid unexpected down time. It’s therefore no surprise that many successful fleets use and rely on used oil analysis to help them reduce maintenance costs through the early detection of issues. The early detection of issues allows scheduling of repairs or the ability to engage the OEM for warranty coverage.
These high utilisation rates coupled with market forces have also seen many OEM’s respond to their customers’ needs by increasing their maximum allowed service intervals. While the majority of component and truck manufacturers in the transport industry recommend their customers include used oil sampling in their scheduled maintenance regime, the task of understanding and utilising the information often falls back to the time-poor workshop manager to understand the report and action accordingly.
With Castrol’s Labcheck ES program, the team of technical staff review the reports and provide meaningful feedback to the workshop ensuring the maximum benefit can be derived from the data.
Used oil analysis is a trending tool and when used across a fleet of vehicles and in conjunction with proper maintenance can be a powerful assistant for the workshop staff. Proper interrogation of the data can identify vehicles in the fleet that are not performing optimally, allow for optimising service intervals, based on the task, and can influence future buying decisions. Collecting a long history of UOA coupled with a good service history of a piece of equipment can also increase resale value.
Will your business be audited?
Fair Work Inspectors will audit about 200 businesses in the NSW's Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region in the next three months.
Persistent underpayment allegations from workers are among the prompts for the new Fair Work Ombudsman campaign which will be looking at transport, postal and warehousing as well as retail, construction, cafes, restaurants, takeaways outlets, accommodation and food services.
Inspectors will check employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks.
Compliance with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations will also being monitored.
All businesses will be randomly selected.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says her Agency is contacted by dozens of workers in the Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region each year alleging they have been underpaid.
This includes a number of underpayment allegations from apprentices and trainees.
Ms James also revealed that the Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $54,600 for workers throughout the Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region during the 2015-16 financial year.
"It is important that we are proactive about checking employees are receiving their full lawful entitlements and improving compliance in the region," Ms James said.
Ms James says her Agency has a particular focus on assisting the most vulnerable workers, especially people who face significant barriers to taking their own action.
"Being new to the workplace, young workers can be vulnerable if they don't fully understand their rights or are reluctant to complain,'' she said.
Ms James says one of the aims of the campaign is to ensure employers are aware of their workplace responsibilities and how the Agency can assist them to access, understand and apply information to build a culture of compliance in their workplaces.
Key local employer groups, including councils and business associations have been enlisted to help the Agency promote the campaign.
Inspectors will inform employers about the range of free tools and resources available to them on the Fair Work Ombudsman's website at www.fairwork.gov.au.
Online tools include calculators to determine correct wages and templates for time-and-wages records and pay slips. Employers and employees seeking assistance can visit the website or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. An interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.
Self-Driving Truck’s First Mission: A 120-Mile Beer Run
SAN FRANCISCO — The futurists of Silicon Valley may not have seen this one coming: The first commercial delivery made by a self-driving truck was 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer.
On Tuesday, Otto, the Uber-owned self-driving vehicle operation, announced the completion of its first commercial delivery, having delivered its beer load from Fort Collins, Colo., to Colorado Springs, a roughly 120-mile trip on Interstate 25.
In recent years, Uber has predicted a future in which you can ride in a self-driving car that will take you where you want to go, no driver necessary. But the idea that commercial trucking could be done by robot is a relatively new idea — and a potentially controversial one, given the possibility that robots could one day replace human drivers.
“We think this technology is inching closer to commercial availability,” Lior Ron, co-founder of Otto, said in an interview.
In August, Uber acquired Otto, a San Francisco start-up run by a number of veterans of Google’s long-running autonomous vehicle research.
Though largely symbolic, the beer delivery marks the first commercial partnership for Otto, which was founded less than a year ago. Terms of the deal between Otto and Anheuser-Busch InBev, which owns the Budweiser brand, were not disclosed.
“We’ve tested with trailers, of course, but there’s nothing like actually doing the real thing, end to end,” Mr. Ron said.
The delivery was indicative of Uber’s larger ambitions to become an enormous transportation network, one in which the company is responsible for moving anything, like people, hot meals or cases of beer, around the globe, at all hours and as efficiently as possible. Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, has said he envisions a future in which transportation will occur in different ways, using both manned and unmanned vehicles.
Otto is a particularly large bet for Uber, which paid nearly $700 million for the start-up only a few months after the company started publicly discussing its self-driving-truck ambitions.
Since backing down from its money-burning effort to dominate the Chinese ride-hailing market in August, Uber has invested more time and resources to focus on breaking into the trucking market. Annual trucking industry revenue topped $720 billion in 2015, according to American Trucking Association estimates.
A good part of that total came from top brands that rely heavily on the trucking industry to transport their goods. Anheuser-Busch, for example, delivers more than a million truckloads of beer domestically every year.
“We view self-driving trucks as the future, and we want to be a part of that,” said James Sembrot, senior director of logistics strategy at Anheuser-Busch. Though the delivery went smoothly, the two companies did not indicate whether there would be any further deals.
For this initial delivery, Otto’s truck departed Anheuser-Busch’s facility in Loveland, Colo., in the early morning before reaching the interstate in Fort Collins. The truck drove through Denver — alongside regular passenger car traffic — and navigated to its destination in Colorado Springs without incident.
Otto said a trained driver was in the cabin of the truck at all times to monitor the vehicle’s progress and take over if necessary. At no point was the driver required to intervene, the company said.
Future expansion of the pilot program will allow Otto to test for more types of road and weather conditions, a major factor in autonomous vehicle route plotting.
TMC awards recognise Coonan and Robinson
2016 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award and 2016 Craig Roseneder Award handed out
The industry achievements of David Coonan, with 2016 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award, and Cade Robinson, with the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award, have both been recognised as part of the ATA/ARTSA 2016 Technical and Maintenance Conference’s Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner.
The first of the two awards, the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award, was handed to Borg Manufacturing’s Robinson by Deon Roseneder, the son of the late Craig Roseneder.
Named in recognition of Roseneder’s devotion to the development of a safer road transport industry and his unique ability to resolve challenges, the 2016 award was presented to Robinson for his innovative work implementing Mainpac, a fleet asset management software system, over the past two years.
Using the system to achieve standards often exclusively kept by dealerships, Robinson’s achievements caught the eye of Borg Manufacturing’s Somersby workshop manager Jason Blundell, who says Robinson is committed to improving the Borg Fleet department.
"Mr Robinson is very hands-on when it comes to apprentice and new technician training," Blundell says.
"He has also set up national discount structures with set pricing for break down responses including tyres, batteries, windscreen and service work carried out outside of the internal workshops.
"Mr Robinson was involved in the fit-out of telematics in each truck, with geo-fenced speed limits with dash cams that constantly record."
The behind-the-scenes contribution to Australia’s truck fleet needed a true acknowledgement, Australian Trucking Association chair Noelene Watson says.
"As an industry, we are very fortunate to have such dedicated, skilled professionals going the extra mile to put safety and preventative maintenance first in their businesses," she says.
Along with the award, Robinson will be flown to the American Trucking Associations' Technical and Maintenance Council meeting in February, a trip that includes full registration, flights, accommodation, partner’s program and spending money.
2016 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award
Also presented during the dinner was the 2016 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award.
Receiving the award for his valuable contributions to the positive advancement of the local trucking industry was Coonan, who served as the ATA’s policy manager for eight years until retirement in 2014.
Unable to attend the dinner, Coonan was handed the award on his farm by ATA’s TruckSafe general manager Justin Fleming. A video (below) of the handover was played for the dinner’s guests.
"I can’t thank Castrol enough in recognising others who have got this in recent years," Coonan says upon receiving the award.
"I am just blown away to have received this award. Thank you to Castrol, and to everyone in the industry".
Highlighting his work sorting critical governing guidelines for the industry, ATA chair Noelene Watson says: "Mr Coonan is a passionate advocate who has given years of dedicated service to the trucking industry across Australia."
"His major achievements at the ATA included his role in working through more than a thousand issues with the original draft of the Heavy Vehicle National Law," she says.
"Mr Coonan campaigned for the increased use of high productivity vehicles.
"His truck impact chart, developed with Bob Woodward of Barkwood Consulting, is now in its second edition and is a standard reference used in our industry today."
SAPOL operation nabs truckies for drugs and defects
Twenty truck drivers have been detected drug driving in an eight hour flash operation targeting heavy vehicle road safety, and a further 27 vehicles were issued with defect notices.
"To detect 20 truck drivers with drugs in their system in an eight hour time frame, all driving heavy vehicles, is scary," said Inspector Billy Thompson, Investigations Manager at Traffic Support Branch.
"These are drivers in an industry where operators and managers are fully aware of their safety responsibilities and legal requirements."
Police ran the one-day operation on Monday, 31 October with drivers pulled over randomly in locations including Wingfield, Dry Creek, Waterloo Corner and Largs Bay.
"Heavy vehicle drivers using illicit drugs, such as amphetamines, may think that will help them stay awake, yet these drugs can adversely impact on their ability to operate their heavy vehicle safely.
"Methamphetamines affect reaction times, co-ordination and vehicle control as well as mood, perception, information processing and judgement.
"The presence of major or minor defects in any vehicle also increases the risk of causing a road crash.
"When heavy vehicles collide with a smaller vehicle, such as a car or motorbike, the results can be catastrophic. As the mass of one of the vehicles in a crash increases, so too does the severity of the crash."
Police will run another heavy vehicle operation again soon, as a key part of holiday road safety.
White Hill Truck Drivers Memorial Convoy
New date! Twin convoys will leave the BP Wingfield and BP Keith at 8:30am, meeting at the White Hill Truck Parking Bay, 7km west of Murray Bridge. The trucks will then proceed into Murray Bridge past the memorial walls. Memorial at 11am, followed by the family fun day and truck show ’n shine at the Murray Bridge Racecourse at 12.30pm for a family fun day, free children's activities, tiny truckies trail, vintage trucks, steam engines, raffles, charity auction, trade and food stalls, live entertainment, bar facilities. No BYO.
Port of Melbourne Corporation names new CEO
CTAA believes Bourke's leadership will ensure a 'smooth transition' of the port into a private entity
Less than two months after the 50-year lease of one of Australia’s biggest cargo ports was finalised, the winning Lonsdale Consortium has announced the appointment of Port of Melbourne Corporation’s new CEO, Brendan Bourke.
The Lonsdale Consortium, which constitutes Future Fund, QIC, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and OMERS, says the appointment was effective from Monday.
Bourke has more than 35 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector.
He had held chief executive positions at Queensland Motorways and CityLink, and has also served as the chief operating officer of Transurban Group.
"As Australia’s largest container, automotive and general cargo port, the Port of Melbourne is a truly landmark asset and I am delighted to be joining as CEO at this exciting time in the Port of Melbourne’s proud history," Bourke says.
"I look forward to leading the organisation and working with all stakeholders to ensure the Port upholds its track record of providing world class facilities and services to industry and being a responsible neighbour within the community."
Welcoming the news, the Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) says it is confident that Bourke’s leadership will ensure a smooth transition of the port into a private entity.
"Brendan has an impeccable pedigree in managing complex infrastructure businesses, and is an engaging leader," CTAA director Neil Chambers says.
"We have no doubt that the transition of the PoMC into the private leasehold entity will be managed smoothly under Brendan’s guidance.
"There is much to be done to ensure that the Port of Melbourne continues the be the leading container port in Australia, including tackling future landside interface and productivity issues, and ensuring that future port developments are progressed in a strong partnership with port lessees and other industry stakeholders.
"The strong Alliance of container logistics companies brought together under the CTAA banner look forward to working with Brendan and his revitalised executive team."
The consortium also acknowledged the efforts of outgoing CEO Nick Easy and thanked him for the "important role he has played in the evolution of the Port of Melbourne and wishes him all the best for the next stage in his career".
Stirling Highway Bridge truck crash cleared after sparking traffic chaos near Fremantle
A truck crash on Perth's Stirling Highway Bridge has been cleared after it closed the road in both directions, banking up traffic for kilometres and leading to major delays near Fremantle.
The truck spilt diesel over the road after colliding with a car about 10:00am on Friday.
The accident caused heavy congestion in the area, including on Stirling Highway, Leach Highway and Canning Highway.
At one point, hundreds of trucks heading into Fremantle Port were banked up along Leach Highway for several kilometres, and other heavy vehicles trying to leave the port were also forced to wait.
Motorists were advised by Main Roads to avoid the area and seek an alternative route, with long detours put in place.
The truck was towed off the bridge about 12:30pm as emergency services worked to clean up the diesel spill.
The bridge was eventually reopened about 2:00pm.
Main Roads said traffic remained heavy in the area and warned motorists they could still expect delays.
No-one was seriously hurt in the crash.
McAleese trucking assets up for sale through GraysOnline
Auctioneer releases preliminary sale timetable for McAleese vehicles and equipment
McGrathNicol has appointed online industrial auctioneer GraysOnline to handle the sale of assets including heavy vehicles and light trucks, cranes and general office and commercial equipment held by McAleese’s trucking arm.
GraysOnline has published a preliminary sale timetable that lists the following for immediate sale: prime movers and low loaders/platforms (high spec prime movers, multi row low loaders and platforms, and dollys), 14 crawler cranes (Kobelco and Terex 110 - 400 tonne), seven all-terrain and rough cranes (Grove, Demag and Liebherr 30 - 220 tonne), franna cranes (AT20 and Mac25 units).
There will be 30 prime movers and 60 trailers for sale in Brisbane, 20 prime movers and 20 trailers in Mackay, 13 prime movers in Melbourne, six prime movers and eight trailers in Perth, three prime movers in Adelaide, and some additional unreserved prime movers and trailers available for sale in Brisbane.
The remaining assets are currently being assessed before being valued and listed for sale – a process, the company says, complicated by the fact that many of the assets have multiple components that need to located and documented first before they can be valued.
The complete list of assets can be viewed on GraysOnline’s website, with sale and auction expected to commence soon.
GraysOnline expects it will take up four months to complete the sale of all McAleese's Heavy Haulage and Lifting assets.
The auctioneer says it is expecting interest from local and as well as international buyers.
GraysOnline head of institutional and special situations Matt Aubrey says the GraysOnline team is working with administrators McGrathNicol to "assess, value, catalogue, market and ultimately dispose of" the McAleese assets.
"Grays’ international network will have an important role to play in this sale," Aubrey says.
"Over recent years we have a seen a consistent trend toward cross-border transactions, as offshore buyers in Asia, the Middle East and Africa seek quality used plant and equipment to support local projects.
"That’s good for vendors in Australia as it ensures healthy tension in bidding."
GraysOnline head of mining and transport Fenton Healy says the sale will be carried out in a series of auctions and direct sales based on the dynamics of each asset category.
"Prices for the heavy transport assets have stabilised following the bottoming of the mining downturn," Healy says.
"The market for general transport assets is generally pretty liquid and this part of the portfolio is well suited to a national, online auction.
"Cranes are a more specialised category – we’ll be presenting the larger cranes to multinational buyers through our international network and putting the smaller Franna cranes into strategic sale lots depending on their age and condition.
"It’s a complex assignment but one which the Grays team of experts nationally is uniquely placed to execute for maximum return to the administrators."
McGrathNicol has been handling the restructure of McAleese since the company went into administration in late August.
SA truckie dies after crashing into tree
An elderly truck driver whose truck hit a tree and went down an embankment in South Australia last week has died.
The 76-year-old driver spent an hour trapped in the cab of the vehicle after the crash on Sturt Highway near Blanchetown on Friday morning.
Police say the Seaton man was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a critical condition but died overnight, bringing the state's road toll to 74 compared to 89 at this time last year.
Meanwhile, a man has died and another is in a critical condition after a two-car crash at Aldinga, south of Adelaide.
The crash happened early on Wednesday at the intersection of Main South and Little roads.
The injured man has been taken to the Flinders Medical Centre for treatment, police say.
Toilet paper spill causes peak hour traffic chaos in Melbourne
A truck has lost a load of toilet paper on the Hume Freeway causing peak hour traffic delays in Melbourne's north.
VicRoads said the spill caused the closure of one inbound lane before Craigieburn Road.
Unravelled rolls of toilet paper were strewn across the freeway causing traffic congestion as far back as Donnybook.
Drivers were urged to use the Hume Highway as an alternative route, but were warned there would be delays there as well.