CoR Compliance Email Update – 12th February 2016
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Industry and legislation updates
NHVR prefers Voluntary Telematics for Trucking
National Regulator does not support the ALC’s call for mandatory telematics. In-vehicle telematics can improve safety in the trucking industry but the devices should be voluntary, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says.
Experts raise flag on lack of Daily Vehicle Checks
Failure to do basic daily checks is rife in the Australian trucking industry. That’s according to an eminent panel of experts at the most recent Technical and Maintenance Conference (TMC).
QLD Action Plan requires joint responsibility says, Garske
Queensland Trucking Association CEO Peter Garske, who chairs the Heavy Vehicle Safety Working Group (HVSWG) behind the recently-launched Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan 2016-18, says the report is “about accepting a very clear responsibility” to reduce heavy vehicle fatalities.
Electronic Diaries on the way as changes to Trucking Law take effect
Changes to heavy vehicle law throughout most of Australia have now taken effect, cementing the introduction of electronic work diaries (EWDs) and new penalties from next year. Amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) that were agreed to last year were introduced on February 6. The HVNL is in place in across Australia except Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Linfox, TOLL Wanted to cut rates for Owner-Drivers
Owner-drivers are only months away from receiving guaranteed minimum pay rates, but the remuneration on offer would have been much lower if Toll and Linfox had their way. The country’s two largest trucking players joined forces to try and convince the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) to mandate payments significantly less than what owner-drivers currently receive.
Over-height truck causes chaos on M5 East, claims foreign drivers not qualified
A GIANT B-double caused traffic chaos on a Sydney motorway today because the overseas’ driver did not know how to reverse the giant truck.
Tunnel Incident shows need for industry training, investigation into 457 Visas
The Transport Workers’ Union has called for industry-wide training for truck drivers following an incident in the M5 tunnel in Sydney today which caused major traffic chaos.
All involved should be held accountable for truck deaths, not just drivers, says TWU
The Transport Workers’ Union is calling for more accountability of transport operators and companies which hire them, as the trial opens of a truck driver following the deaths of two people in Mona Vale in Sydney in 2013.
Victorian truckie feared dead after crash found alive in shed
The truck burst into flames on impact and the cabin was fully alight when fire crews arrived. Authorities feared the truck driver had been incinerated as his body was not found at the scene.
Transporters say West Australian truck crash data is ‘not surprising’, but more work needs to be done to improve safety
A report by the Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre into heavy vehicle crashes in WA found that driver fatigue, travelling late at night and travelling with an empty load all increased the likelihood of a crash.
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