Road Charging For Trucks

Looking at the world from the point of view of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association’s (ALRTA) Executive Director, Mathew Munro, his concerns for the Association’s members can be divided into two parts. On the one hand, members have to deal with the same issues confronting the entire trucking industry while, on the other, there are specific issues affecting rural carriers in particular.

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Livestock Transporters Lay Out the Issues

After a conference over the weekend, this week has seen the livestock transporters lay out the issues they see facing the industry in the year ahead. The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association held its annual conference in Torquay in Victoria in which it identified its priority issues. Read more

Report into the Access Management Failure

Report into the Access Management Failure

A report into the access management failure as part of the launch of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which happened in early 2014, has been published. The Queensland Auditor-General has published a report on ‘Heavy Vehicle Road Access Reforms’ in has investigated how the NHVR has looked into the causes of the access management system failure, as well as how well it is coping now in taking over the access management responsibilities. Read more

Cattle Carter Life in Photos

A young photographer and cattle carter have been on the road with a livestock road train and captured spectacular images of life on the road in Queensland and the Northern Territory hauling six decks of cattle. Here is their story: Read more

RSRT Impact Enquiry

This week owner-truck drivers together with representatives from associated industry groups met in Canberra at a roundtable convened by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). The meeting was part of the initial scoping work as the ASBFEO begin the formal inquiry process exploring the impact the RSRT’s Payments Order has had on small business owner-drivers around the country. Read more

Driver Fatigue Dispute Continues

Questions around handling fatigue under the Advanced Fatigue Management scheme look set to continue, with negative comments by an expert. The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association has reacted angrily to recent comments made in the media by Professor Ann Williamson about the Livestock and Rural Transport Fatigue Management Scheme. Read more

Livestock Hotline Launched

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association and National Transport Insurance have launched LivestockASSIST. This is a 24 hour national hotline to coordinate emergency responses to incidents involving heavy vehicles carrying livestock. Read more

Overcharging may continue

The trucking industry may continue to be over charged for the use of Australia’s road infrastructure. The meeting of the Australian Transport and Infrastructure Ministerial Council takes place today with a number of big ticket items on the agenda. As the nation’s transport ministers gather in Adelaide, they are set to consider the determination of the level of fuel-based road user charge and vehicle registration charges. Read more

Remuneration Order Rejected

A straight rejection has been published of the latest order handed down by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has made a submission rejecting the draft Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) – Contractor Driver Minimum Payment Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 in its current form. Read more