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

Livestock Template Gets Up

After a long and difficult gestation period, beginning when the first of the fatigue management schemes were proposed over ten years ago, the livestock transport industry has a scheme it can work with. The NHVR has issued the first approval under the Livestock AFM Template which allows a 14 day work cycle. Read more

Vale Noel Hoare

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association marks the passing of one of the stalwarts of the trucking industry. Diesel News reproduces their announcement of the news about Noel Hoare. Read more

Improve the Chain

The chain of responsibility (COR) legislation needs to be streamlined with safety prioritised is a common view in the trucking industry. The current legislation sets out COR duties by attempting to prescribe exactly how businesses must operate, discouraging innovation and creating unnecessary red tape. Read more

Regulatory Common Sense 

AFM template gets up

After a protracted process over many years with plenty of false starts, an effective Advanced Fatigue Management template is to, finally, be allowed. From July 1, livestock transport operators will be able to access a new level of flexibility in fatigue management by using an agreed template for the AFM scheme. Read more

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