Achievements in 2015:
- Freeze on fuel tax: following extensive ATA lobbying, the Federal Government agreed to extend the freeze the fuel tax for another year to avoid increasing heavy vehicle overcharging.
- Industry safety: The ATA launched a new series of trucking workshop safety alerts, developed by its Industry Technical Council. These alerts highlighted issues caused by using incompatible airlines and fittings, as well as the dangers of using suzi coils to connect brake airlines across draw-bar type couplings.
- More than 45,000 trucking businesses benefited from the federal government’s decision to reduce the company tax rate for small businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million per year from 30 per cent to 28.5 per cent.
- Safety Truck: The Safety Truck undertook an extensive touring schedule in 2014, including visits through the Northern Territory
- The Qld Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, announced that electronic work diary use would be on a voluntary basis only
- The ATA released a new Technical Advisory Procedure on LED lighting, and re-released an updated version of its popular wheel security Technical Advisory Procedure
- Trucking Australia 2015, held in Hobart, continued the event’s strong showing, with a sell-out crowd and the development of industry action plans to guide ATA activities.
Achievements in 2014:
- Freeze on fuel tax: as a result of the ATA’s research, the NTC and the Federal Government agreed that the current heavy vehicle charging system is unfair and overcharges trucking operators. As a result, the Federal Government decided to freeze the fuel tax at the current rate to avoid increasing this burden.
- After many years of work, the ATA supported the launch of the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in early 2014. The NHVR committed to continuing to partner with the ATA as its systems continue to develop and become more sophisticated.
- The federal government acted on the ATA’s call to have all new heavy vehicle trailers to be fitted with anti-lock or load proportioning brakes, with the requirement taking effect from 1 July 2014 for all new model trailers and 1 January 2015 for all new trailers.
- National campaigns: The ATA’s new Safety Truck animated road safety videos featured on TV channels across Australia, sharing essential safety tips on truck blind spots, cutting in, and keeping back from turning vehicles.
- TruckWeek 2014 broke all previous records, featuring 56 events across every Australian state and territory.
- Hosting leading events: The ATA hosted the trucking industry’s leading events, Trucking Australia 2014 at Hamilton Island in June and the 2014 PACCAR and Dealer TMC in October. Trucking Australia 2013 sold out.
- National Trucking Industry Awards: to recognise the community service provided by Australia’s truck drivers, the ATA joined with Bridgestone Bandag to launch a new Highway Guardian award. The inaugural award went to Brad Morrison, a truck driver who stopped at the site of a traffic accident and ran towards a burning car, successfully rescuing a baby girl from the crash wreckage.
- Safety Truck: The Safety Truck undertook an extensive touring schedule in 2014, including visits through ACT, NSW, VIC
- The trucking industry’s own industry accreditation program, TruckSafe, joined forces with the livestock transport accreditation system truckCare to deliver a single, streamlined truck safety program.
- Following ATA lobbying, the federal government agreed to remove the requirements for interstate registered B-doubles to install spray suppression equipment, bringing them in line with the requirements for state-registered vehicles.
The complete list of the ATA’s achievements is in the attachments.