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All Day Delivery Service adds new Dhollandia tail lift
Sydney-based transport company All Day Delivery Service has added a new Dhollandia 2T Cantilever to its fleet of rigid trucks.
According to Adam Ornowski, owner of All Day Delivery Service, the new Dhollandia tail lift is a simple, straight forward model that is well suited to the company’s operation. “It’s a great piece of equipment – strong, durable and easy to maintain,” he said.
Overall, All Day’s fleet is comprised of 18 rigids and one refrigerated van, with 60 per cent of the fleet equipped with Dhollandia equipment.
“At All Day, we believe that when doing transport for our customers we become a part of their business, and that’s exactly what Dhollandia has done for us. They actively add value to our operation.”
400 trucks to line up at Canberra Convoy for Cancer Families
THE Australian Trucking Association's travelling road safety exhibition, the Safety Truck, will be on the road and helping to raise funds for the Canberra Convoy for Cancer Families on Sunday February 2.
Some 400 hundred trucks and 120 bikes will travel across Canberra as part of the convoy, leading the way to a free community festival with kid's rides and amusements, food stalls and great music at Kate Crace St in Gungahlin.
Running from 11:30am to 4pm, the festival will feature live performances from Alex Gibson (The Voice Australia 2013) as well as Counterfeit Cash and Night Train. The vehicles involved in the convoy will also be on display, as will the Safety Truck.
The ATA's Corporate Relations Manager, Steve Power, invited Canberra residents to visit the newly upgraded Safety Truck during the festival.
"With a kid's pedal car track, road safety apps, a colouring tent and animated videos, we have heaps of fun things to do - and you'll get some important road safety tips too," Mr Power said.
"Many of our younger drivers just aren't taught how to share the road safely with heavy vehicles. The Safety Truck is all about getting these driving tips out to everyone in the community, from children through to experienced drivers.
"We're delighted to support the Canberra Convoy for Cancer Families, and we'll do our part this Sunday to help the 2014 event beat the $107,000 raised by the 2013 convoy."
The Convoy will depart from Copper Cres in Beard at 10am. Recommended viewing points for the convoy include the pedestrian foot bridge over Parkes Way next to the Civic Pool and the large paddocks on either side of Flemington Road.
All money raised by the Safety Truck and the convoy will be donated to the ACT Eden Monaro's Own Cancer Support Group, which provides financial assistance cancer patients within the ACT, Queanbeyan and surrounds.
To support the convoy or find out more, go to http://convoyforcancerfamilies.webs.com or visit the facebook page.
The Safety Truck travels around Australia visiting festivals, shows and other community events. For more information or to request a Safety Truck visit, go to www.safetytruck.com.au.
Western Star to Partner With Ford V8 Supercars
Western Star Trucks Australia has announced that it is teaming up with the V8 Supercar team Ford Performance Racing, making it the official transporter of the team for the 2014 V8 Supercar season.
Two Western Star 4800FXB trucks will be tasked with transporting the team’s B-double trailers, including over 100 tonnes of cars and equipment, to race events around Australia.
The racing teams affected by this deal include The Bottle-O Racing Team and the Ford Pepsi Max Crew.
“Partnering with Ford Performance Racing is great for the Western Star brand, our dealer network and customer base,” Western Star Marketing Manager Don Hanson says.
“The team enjoyed great success in 2013, and garnered a large amount of exposure throughout the racing calendar. Western Star is keen to assist the team to greater success in 2014”
Ford Performance Racing Team Principal Tim Edwards says “Performance and power are two critical factors to success in motorsport and with Western Star we have both of these things in abundance so we are very happy with the new partnership”
“Our prime movers have a big following at all the races we go to and our new units look very impressive with the additional FPR touches on the chassis and the cabin so I’m sure our fans will enjoy seeing them on the highway and parked up at the race track,” says Edwards.
The two Western Star trucks will make their public debut at the Sydney Motorsport Park on February 15 as part of the season-opening V8 Supercars test day.
Free health checks for truckies in Vic, Qld and NSW
A joint initiative will see free, confidential truck driver health checks undertaken at selected eastern states' truck stops
Truck driver health checks are being offered as part of a joint initiative involving Safe Work Australia (SWA), the National Transport Commission, preventionXpress and the Institute for Breathing and Sleeping.
From January 20 to February 10, free health checks will be conducted for heavy vehicle drivers at various locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
The free, confidential, 10-minute health check will be conducted on-site at the relevant truck stop by a health professional and involves two quick steps: testing of height, weight, blood pressure and a blood prick test for diabetes, and a lifestyle questionnaire.
Any driver identified as having a high risk health issue will be referred to their GP and provided with contact details of relevant service providers for further information.
The times and sites are:
“Road transport is a priority industry of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. The health of 1,000 truck drivers will be tested during December, January and February,” SWA says.
“PreventionXpress will collect de-identified health information, compare the results against national data and provide a de-identified report to the National Transport Commission and Safe Work Australia.
“This information will be used in the development of preventative health programs or policies in the road freight transport industry.”
Drivers angered by call for overseas workers
THE Transport Workers' Union has slammed the Australian Trucking Association over a call to bring truck drivers in from overseas on 457 visas.
TWU acting national secretary Michael Kaine said the call from the ATA for trucking companies to be granted "free reign" to bring in overseas drivers was a "ludicrous proposal that deliberately ignores the root causes of the crisis in the trucking industry".
"The ATA argues overseas drivers are required because of an inability to find locals to do the work," Mr Kaine said.
"But recent unemployment data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show more than 20,000 jobs lost in transport and logistics.
"That's 20,000 people with the skills, experience and willingness to do the job."
The ATA argued the industry was not meeting driver shortages and adding truck driving to the migration skilled occupation list would help tackle skill shortages in an ageing workforce.
However Mr Kaine has used the move to once again bring up the issue of major retailers.
"What they really want is to drive down wages and rates in the industry further and bring in drivers with even less ability to say no to the impossible demands and deadlines from big transport clients...," he said.
"Truck driving is already the most dangerous job in Australia with a death rate that is 15 times the average for all other workers.
"Every year hundreds of people are killed in truck crashes, devastating families and communities across the country.
"More than 20 years of evidence shows the link between rates of pay for drivers and safety on our roads, but instead of addressing the root causes of the crisis, the ATA wants to paint over the cracks by importing overseas labour vulnerable to exploitation and bullying.
"The answer to the issues in the trucking industry must be an end to the economic squeeze from big clients...and Safe Rates for truck drivers, with fair wages, conditions and improved training.
"People from overseas will always be welcome in Australia, but we must make sure that our labour system is fair and that it works in the national interest, not just the interest of big companies and their lobby groups."
In 2012 the Federal Government introduced the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal - but this is now under threat, said Mr Kaine, with the new Government conducting an "urgent review" of the tribunal with the "intention of scrapping it before it has the chance to save lives and make the industry safer".
With the average age of truckies rising and the perception of truck driving at an all time low it is harder to attract new drivers.
So the ATA has appealed to the Federal Government to allow foreign drivers to fill positions.
In a submission to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency the association asked for heavy vehicle driving to be added to the skilled occupation list.
"Challenging and changing the negative images portrayed by the media about the heavy vehicle industry is important in order to attract new entrants to the industry," the submission said.
Also a lack of life/work balance, health problems and lack of training hindered the industry's ability to hire young workers
Eagle Contractors, Hawkins join TruckSafe
Eagle Contractors and Hawkins Bulk Haulage sign up to heavy vehicle accreditation scheme TruckSafe
Heavy vehicle safety accreditation scheme TruckSafe has added Eagle Contractors and Hawkins Bulk Haulage to its ranks.
Both firms are the latest to sign up to the program, with South Australian-based Eagle Contractors citing its customers as a key reason for joining.
“I think TruckSafe is a great concept. It’s a selling point with our customers, and shows we’re dedicated to safety and have all our policies and procedures in place,” Managing Director Scott Tregeagle says.
Starting out as an owner-driver operation in 2004, Eagle Contractors now has a fleet of four and an extensive range of equipment servicing the Adelaide region.
Spate of Hume incidents
A female driver is in a serious but stable condition after the truck she was driving rolled while negotiating the on-ramp to the Hume Highway northbound at Yass this morning.
The accident occurred about 8.45am this morning. A male passenger was also injured in the accident.
Emergency services, including Police, NSW Ambulance, NSW Fire & Rescue and Snowy Hydro Southcare attended the accident.
It took about 1.5 hours to free the driver, who was then transported by the Southcare helicopter to Canberra. The male passenger was taken by road ambulance to Yass Hospital.
It's understood the B-double had left from Adelaide and was carrying refrigeration equipment. The load spilled onto the road and a section of guard rail was taken out.
The woman suffered internal and facial injuries.
Captain Paul Hewett of NSW Fire & Rescue, Yass, said it was a "complicated entrapment".
"Every bit of gear we had was used [to free her]."
Upon arrival of the Snowy Hydro Southcare helicopter, the northbound lanes of the Hume Highway were closed.
One northbound lane remains closed, with traffic getting through at a reduced pace. The damaged truck was still onsite at 12pm and will have to be towed from the scene.
Southbound motorists on the Hume are unaffected.
The accident was the second truck accident on the Hume Highway near Yass in as many days with the Snowy Hydro helicopter called to both.
In a second incident on the Hume Highway near Yass at 8am this morning, a truck punctured its diesel tank, spilling around 240 litres of fuel onto the highway.
The incident happened just south of Yass, near Burley Griffin Way, despite initial reports saying it was north of Yass.
Two Fire & Rescue NSW trucks attended the scene and cleaned up the spill, which took about 1.5 hours to mop up.
The area is now clear.
Speeding truckie brought to book
A truck driver has been issued a penalty notice after he was allegedly caught speeding in Mittagong on Saturday.
Just after 12am, police attached to the Southern Tablelands Traffic and Highway Patrol stopped a semi trailer driving north along the Hume Highway, allegedly driving at 128km/h in a 100km/h zone.
The 42-year-old male driver from Victoria was issued a penalty notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h.
The semi trailer was grounded and the driver was issued a defect notice after irregularities with the vehicle’s speed limiter were found.
Eugene McCarthy Transport thrives in Tasmania
Tony and David McCarthy worked hard to rebuild Eugene McCarthy Transport after losing a lucrative Tasmanian contract 15 years ago.
Tasmanian brothers Tony and David McCarthy learned the importance of diversity the hard way when Eugene McCarthy Transport’s lost a lucrative express freight contract in 1999.
The McCarthys were devastated. The family had carted express freight for Ipec for 35 years.
Tony and David briefly considered relocating their five trucks to the mainland, but within months they attracted enough Tasmanian freight to begin rebuilding.
Today Eugene McCarthy Transport employs 15 drivers and has 10 trucks moving containers, furniture, grain and meat throughout the state. David manages the Hobart depot and Tony controls the company’s busy northern operation from Longford near Launceston.
Tony says he is now wary of the danger of relying too heavily on any one client.
“We like having a lot of smaller customers and that’s what we’ve concentrated on,” he says.
Recently they established a base at Devonport in response to increased demand on the north-west coast.
Throughout this period of growth and change, the brothers have endeavoured to retain the family business’s values, culture and reputation.
They inherited their work ethic from their late father, Euguene McCarthy, and are proud to see a third generation of McCarthys working at the business.
Tony says his strong relationship with David helps the family business run smoothly.
“We don’t sit down and count the dollars. You’ve got to have trust in a business, and there’s 100 percent trust between the two of us,” Tony says.
Tony’s wife Dee-Anne manages the busy Longford office; David’s wife Anne and daughter Kellie invoice from Hobart; and David’s son Matthew drives a truck from Hobart to Burnie and back each day.
“For the business to work everybody has to be putting in,” Tony says.
“You can’t have one person working against the other, can you? That’s what it’s all about – working as a team.”
Financial squeeze forces Transhelp to put centre up for sale
Transhelp Foundation has blamed unsustainable running costs for its decision to sell its Tarcutta respite centre.
A lack of financial resources has seen Transhelp Foundation put its Tarcutta respite centre up for sale.
The foundation, which offers a wide range of support services to drivers and their families, such as health checks and counselling, is selling the facility as it is unable to keep up with running costs, CEO Dianne Carroll says.
The former aged care centre of 12 rooms in New South Wales was home to the foundation’s national 24/7 call centre.
It also offered training and counselling services and respite for drivers, widows and families and provided shelter for around 50 people each year.
It was purchased in 2009.
“We have approached government on federal and state level and what we have found over the five years we’ve had the facility is we’ve had 11 MPs come and have a look and absolutely be astounded with the work we do, making plenty of promises but coming through with nothing,” Carroll says.
“We want to sustain ourselves into the future and we can’t sustain ourselves with losing money over the facility. I would rather see that go into something that we know is making a difference and if we can save one life then you can’t put a price on it.
“Because it’s voluntary and the facility costs money to maintain and to run, it just makes it impossible to sustain it.”
The foundation was established in 2006 after Carroll’s first husband was killed in a truck accident.
There are eight mobile health and support vans travel across the country providing drivers with health and welfare checks.
The unit also visits transport depots conducting health assessments.
Koroit Truck Show on Australia Day weekend
What better way to spend the Australia Day weekend than with mates from the same industry. This Saturday (25 January), the Koroit Truck Show in Victoria is on again, and organiser Shirl McCosker said the event is shaping up to be an exciting outing with over $10,000 worth of prizes and trophies on offer - including a $3,500 prize for Rig of the Show.
“We have been really fortunate to get a lot of willing sponsors on board so we can offer our winners major prizes, which will be a real drawcard for the Show,” he told CRTNews.
The Show is supporting Peter’s Project, a campaign to bring improved cancer care services to South-West Victoria. With live music, camping facilities and heaps of kids entertainment, it is perfect for the whole trucking family.
The show is to be held at the Koroit Showgrounds and for prime mover trucks need to be in before 10 am.
Entry fee is $20 per prime mover truck and spectators can join in the fun and entertainment paying $10 an adult while children under 16 are free. Call Shirl on 0429812464 or Graeme on 0408528939 for more information.
Rates should be focus
THE Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal's first order has missed the point, operator Marshall Watego has said.
Watego, one of the directors of Watego and Sons Transport, said the tribunal should have focused more on rates.
"It's not addressing the real issues," he said.
"There's B-doubles going down to Sydney on the same rates as singles."
Watego said the order, which mandates for drug and alcohol policies, safe driving plans and contracts, had formalised what many companies were already doing.
"It's basically the same sort of stuff we've had for years anyway.
"They should be talking about rates."
Instead the order would cost business owners and subcontractors more money, he said, squeezing more out of the marginal rate they are getting now.
"The profit margin gets thinner. Rates don't go up when fuel goes up. We really need to address the elephant in the room. Since 1980 the rates haven't risen. It's a joke."
The order, which does not make mention of paid waiting times, like its draft version, does not live up to expectations.
"Waiting times do need to be addressed."
Watego said subbies and owner drivers needed to be paid for their waiting time and any other work they did.
A new legal requirement set out in the order that contracts be paid within 30 days was a great outcome for the industry.
Mr Watego said contracts really needed to be addressed.
Currently the Tony Abbott led-government is undertaking a review into the RSRT, and the Transport Workers' Union says this will lead to the tribunal being scrapped.
Last week RSRT president Jennifer Acton said the tribunal would conduct a conference about the second annual work program and rates of pay for road transport drivers.
The conference will be held on February 11 at 10am at 80 William St in East Sydney.
If you wish to attend, email chambers.acton.president@ rsrt.gov.au by February 4 or phone 03 8661? 7838.
Speed warning as new school year looms
Drivers urged to pay attention to their speed around schools when students head back next week.
Authorities in Queensland are reminding drivers to check their speeds around school zones when students return next week.
Hundreds of students are due to return on January 28 and police will be out enforcing speed limits around school zones.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says police issued more than 27,500 traffic infringements throughout the state in 2013 for speeding in school zones.
“Of that number, 5,571 traffic infringements were issued from October 1 to December 31, demonstrating motorists were paying attention to the reduced speed limit around Queensland schools during the peak times,” Stewart says.
“It is clear driving at lower speeds causes fewer crashes because road users and pedestrians have more time to make decisions.
“We urge motorists to be extra cautious and drive slowly when approaching children riding their bicycles or walking on the street or near buses.
“By following the directions of school crossing supervisors and allowing a little extra time for your trip due to the increase in traffic around schools will go a long way towards ensuring the safety of children on their way to or from school.”
Acting Police Minister John McVeigh says the Queensland Government is taking action on road safety around schools with its $10 million investment to install flashing lights in 300 school zones over four years.
“Flashing lights have been installed at more than 180 school zone since the program started,” he says.
“I ask all drivers to obey all the road rules and take extra care around Queensland schools to help protect our youngest citizens.”
RSRT’s efforts leave ATA NSW members “shattered”
State trucking lobby labels RSRT’s order a “monstrosity” and says the tribunal is “flawed”
New requirements to be imposed on the trucking industry from May 1 have left operators “shattered” and “baffled”, according to the New South Wales branch of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA NSW).
The group’s written submission to a review of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) takes aim at the tribunal’s decision to impose a number of conditions on the industry later this year covering contracts, payment terms, drug and alcohol policies, training and safe driving plans.
Touching on similar themes raised in submissions from the Australian Logistics Council and the Australian Industry Group, the ATA NSW claims there is already existing legislation in place to deal with safety in the trucking industry and that the tribunal’s work represents administrative overreach.
“The order handed down is nothing more than an administrative control. It burdens small businesses and large with onerous paperwork,” ATA NSW Manager Jodie Broadbent writes in the submission to the review.
“Our members are shattered, completely aghast that such a monstrosity has been imposed without any understanding by the RSRT members as to what this will do to our industry.”
The ATA NSW, which raised its objections to the order when it was announced last year, claims the tribunal’s ruling will likely lead to a reduction in owner-drivers due to an inability to meet their requirements while also servicing customers.
The group’s submission goes on to argue the amount of extra paperwork required under the ruling will sap industry productivity and fail to lead to any improvement in road safety.
Broadbent says ATA NSW members were "baffled" upon the release of the order because they felt it showed a lack of understanding about the ad hoc nature of the industry.
"Specifically, the RSRT ignored the strong evidence provided by those in industry that this order affects the most," she claims.
The ATA NSW uses National Transport Insurance (NTI) research that found NTI-insured trucks involved in collisions were not at fault to press its case against the tribunal.
“This means trucks are something other road users run into. No heavy vehicle legislation or an administrative control like the RSR [road safety remuneration] order will change that reality; the change must come from those other road users,” Broadbent says.
“The Australian Trucking Association, of which ATA NSW is a member, is working hard to educate other road users about sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles.”
The review’s terms of reference include assessing whether the RSRT is a regulatory and economic burden on the trucking industry, if other legislation is more effective at improving safety and whether the tribunal has achieved its objectives.
The RSRT has only been in operation for less than two years. It has made one road safety remuneration order and is due to start its second annual work program, which focuses on retail, linehaul and the cash-in-transit sectors.
“We urge the review to find that the RSRT and the model it follows is significantly flawed, fails to address actual, physical controls to improve road safety, and completely disregards the impact and doubling up in terms of legislation already enacted and working well within our community to improve road safety,” the ATA NSW says in its submission.
A truckie's checklist for staying safe on the road
While their vehicles may be bigger, truck drivers are urging other motorists to act responsibly on the road for everyone's safety.
Trucks play an integral part in the everyday blur of life in New South Wales.
They carry livestock, grain, produce and supplies hundreds of kilometres across the region; and are integral in providing farmers with income, and businesses with supplies.
While trucks are a lot bigger than cars, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) says smaller vehicles can be just as hazardous to truckies as they are to cars.
"Being in a regional area, you've got more chance of being exposed to heavy vehicles than your average city-dweller, which means that it's a part of life from the moment that a young person gets their licence," says Corporate Relations Manager for the ATA, Steve Power.
"We keep saying that we've just got to share the road safely. It's up to the trucking industry just as much as the cars to work together.
"In most cases when unfortunate things happen, it is ignorance. It's just a lack of experience, a lack of understanding. But for the majority of the public, they're terrific in their empathy for the trucking industry," says Steve.
Truck drivers have three simple tips for other motorists to follow that will help ensure the safety of all road users.
Leave an appropriate amount of room between your car and a truck.
"Trucks need more room to brake," says Steve.
"Often a car driver will see a gap between a truck and a car in front and think that they can squeeze in. But the truck driver has deliberately left that room because they need the extra time to brake."
Don't overtake turning trucks.
"Because of the length between the front wheels and the back wheels of a truck, they need more room to get around corners," remarks Steve.
"A truck is legally able to move across lanes in order to give them more room to turn around corners.
"Be patient, just sit back and wait until the truck has got around, otherwise something really unfortunate might happen."
Beware of a truck's blind spots
"You don't realise just how big the blind spots are in a truck," says Steve.
"You don't want to drive too close behind a truck; you don't want to drive down by the passenger and driver's doors. The really simple thing to remember is that if you can't see the driver in his mirrors, then he can't see you."
Steve Power says car drivers need further education about the risks of driving carelessly around trucks.
"Because we have changing generations, there's always going to be ongoing education required.
"But the accident rate between cars and trucks over the last 20 years is dramatically reducing, so it's certainly a good sign," he says.
"Truck drivers are as empathetic as they can be. The vast majority of Australia's truck drivers are very good professional people. Like everybody, they just want to get home safely."