Following extensive lobbying from the ATA, the Australian and state governments are reviewing truck driver training and licensing.
Last week, the ATA, ARTIO, NatRoad and TWU met with the ATO on behalf of members to voice concerns about slashing of meal allowances for truck drivers, and the ATO’s lack of consultation on the issue.
Trials of roller brake testing methods were conducted this week at Marulan Heavy Vehicle Testing Station ahead of next month’s end of transition arrangements in NSW.
The initiative was coordinated by the ATA, and involved Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The ATA and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) have called on the Australian Government to mandate the fitting of stability control technology to new trucks and trailers. “It is a vital safety feature” ATA Chair, Geoff Crouch, said.
There are lessons to be learned from Western Australia’s good cop approach to supporting the trucking industry, ATA CEO Ben Maguire said today.
Ben visited WA this week for meetings with WARTA members, government agencies and freight experts.
“Having spent time with WARTA members this week, I can’t help but think a good cop approach would have many benefits,” Ben said.
The tax office must reverse its decision to slash the amount employee truck drivers can claim as travel expenses, ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said today.
During 2017-18, the tax office will allow employee truck drivers to claim $55.30 per day in travel expenses (excluding accommodation) without detailed receipts. In 2016-17, the amount was $97.40.
Geoff said the ATA and its members would fight the determination, because it made truck drivers second class citizens.
The Australian and state governments should improve safety on major infrastructure projects by making TruckSafe accreditation a mandatory part of construction contracts.
Trucking Australia delegates were one of the first forums to be offered a preview of the NTI National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTI NTARC) sample crash statistics. Sample crash statistics from NTI’s 2017 crash report, which is due for release in August this year, show that in 93% of major multi-vehicle crash fatalities, the lighter vehicle is at fault - a rise of 9% since the 2015 report.