This week has seen an Epic Fail by the ATO, ACCC Involved in Road Tolls and National Harmonisation coming onto the agenda in a real way.
According to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), the epic size of the tax office’s failure to consult about its decision to slash employee truck driver travel expenses has got industry associations up in arms.
During the 2017–18 income year, the tax office will allow employee truck drivers to claim just $55.30 per day in travel expenses (excluding accommodation) without detailed receipts. In 2016–17, the amount allowed was $97.40. In the same determination, the tax office increased the reasonable food and drink allowance for comparable employees in other industries from $106.90 per day to $109.35 per day. Read more
The brave new world of electronically recording driver rest and working hours is coming closer to reality with the latest announcement from Transport Certification Australia. The agency has announced work has now commenced on the implementation of Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
According to the TCA, EWD’s are a road transport safety reform providing for improved productivity, enabled through advances in the use of telematics, and the availability of the National Telematics Framework. Read more
The future of road transport is becoming more and more about the development of electronics and wireless communication. Recent news items in the including the introduction of electronic work diaries and the planned trial of driverless cars in Adelaide. Listen to ARRB’s Gerard Waldron on the subject.Read more
According to some in the trucking industry, a new initiative will take telematics in trucking to a new level. Isuzu says it backs Transport Certification Australia’s recent ‘Telematics Data Dictionary’, saying it should act as a catalyst for the uptake of information and communications technology within the Australian road transport industry. Read more
The requirement for on board mass measuring equipment (OBM) in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) in NSW has been accepted by Transport Certification Australia (TCA).
“TCA has been informed by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) that some Performance Based Standards (PBS) ‘A-Double’ combinations and all Higher Mass Limits (HML) Quad Axle B Double combinations operating in New South Wales must have an OBM system linked to the IAP as a condition of permit,” said TCA CEO, Chris Koniditsiotis. “TCA nationally administers the use of OBM systems linked to the IAP, allowing road managers such as RMS to grant access to routes that may have previously been unavailable for these vehicle types, due to identified infrastructure risks. Read more
The National Transport Commission have published a draft review of the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) and are calling for comments from the industry on the performance of the system so far. Read more