As the first UK COVID-19 deaths were reported, so panic buying ensued, so that video of the two Australian women fighting over a trolley full of toilet rolls was replicated all over the UK, and within days the supermarket shelves were stripped bare of anything you could eat or wipe your posterior with, reports Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Will Shiers.
Changes to road train access conditions in NSW is claimed to be a significant advocacy win for the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA), after successfully driving reform and getting a common sense change in road train rules in NSW from Transport for NSW. Read more
The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) has been allocated heavy vehicle safety funding for the Driving Heart Health Project to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian truck drivers. Read more
There is a need for the launch this week of the Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds program, because there is no doubt, it is a big problem. This video may be a little long but this is a large subject to cover. Read more
The cabin of a truck is one of the deadliest workplaces in Australia, with a report by the National Transport Insurance company finding that 53 truck drivers died in 2019, and truck driver deaths rose by 65 per cent from 2018, so it is important to look at how technology is fighting the battle against fatigue. A major contributor to these sobering numbers is fatigue. Read more
The NSW Government has approved the development of the State’s first hydrogen gas facility at Horsley Park, paving the way for more clean energy, more jobs and an $18 million boost to the local economy.
The topic of fatigue goes way beyond such things as an electronic work diary (EWD), and fatigue management is more than just driver hours. Since fatigue can manifest in ways that aren’t necessarily as cut and dried as hours of service or distance driven. For businesses the broader challenge is how to increase productivity while keeping both their drivers and other road users safe. Read more
“Through our Fatigue Choices campaign we have asked operators to come in and have a chat with our safety team,” says Andreas Blahous, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Senior Specialist (Fatigue Management). “They know their businesses and drivers. We ask them to tell us what they think is going on and if there is anything which they want to do which they can’t do under the current rules. Then we can have a conversation about those risks and how they can manage those risks. Read more
Round Five of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative funding announced this week will provide 26 projects, aimed at saving lives and reducing road trauma, with a share of the latest $5.9 million to be pledged to the initiative. Read more
Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Will Shiers, sends us his dispatches from the UK frontline, where the transport industry coped admirably with COVID-19, giving truck drivers a much-needed PR boost. But for how much longer will they be flavour of the month? Read more