Business conditions for trucking businesses outside the resource sector will remain weak, the forecasts in the Australian Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) show. A detailed analysis of the forecasts is available from ATA member associations.
218 people were killed in truck crashes in the year ended March 2011 compared to 230 in the year ended March 2010, truck crash figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show. There’s more detail in the fact sheet the ATA issued today, which is available from ATA member associations.
Australia’s national truck laws are now a step closer. The Queensland Transport Minister, Annastacia Palaszczuk, introduced the first of the two bills needed to establish the laws into the Queensland Parliament on Tuesday 15 November. Today’s issue of the Friday Facts covers the introduction of the bill and the behind the scenes work that is underway to develop the second bill.
Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia now have a uniform approach to counting work and rest time for fatigue purposes after a campaign by the ATA and its members, the Friday Facts reports today.
Australia’s transport ministers have agreed to a work program to amend the draft truck laws, the 4 November 2011 issue of the Friday Facts newsletter reports.
Today’s issue of the Friday Facts newsletter focuses on the co-ordinated lobbying campaign run by the ATA and its members about the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
The 14 October 2011 issue of the ATA’s Friday Facts newsletter announces the winner of the 2011 Craig Roseneder Award, Brian ‘Spud’ Murphy from Directhaul in the Northern Territory.
Today’s issue of the Friday Facts newsletter reports on the ATA’s call for the National Transport Commission to focus on its core priorities, and not issues like obesity and social inclusion.