back to the future for the trucking industry

Back to the Future For The Trucking Industry

With the Victorian Government announcing a seven day lock down and toilet rolls flying off the supermarket shelves, it’s going to be back to the future for the trucking industry again for the next few weeks. Truckies once again become part of an essential service and need to keep the country moving as the clamp down tries to put a lid on Covid infections. Read more

quantifying and investigating truck accidents

Quantifying and Investigating Truck Accidents

There are quite a few issues around quantifying and investigating truck accidents, some due to the vagaries of our adversarial ‘fed vs state’ system and others due to a lack of a real political will on the part of the authorities to tackle the truck trauma debate. Read more

productivity, productivity, productivity

Productivity, Productivity, Productivity

This week we have heard a lot about budgetary changes and incentives supposed to improve the lot of the trucking industry, but this still leaves the very large elephant in the room: productivity, productivity, productivity. Read more

teaching an old dog new tricks

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

If there’s one thing I know about teaching an old dog new tricks, it is that it takes a lot of time and patience. It can be a long hard slog and it still only works in a hit and miss fashion. Read more

truck driving skills are needed

Truck Driving Skills Are Needed

It has always been difficult to explain to someone outside the industry exactly what truck driving skills are needed to get the job done properly. There is so much about the job which is invisible from the outside. Read more

the cost of Covid for trucking

The Cost of Covid for Trucking

While I was collating the truck sales data for PowerTorque’s story about global truck sales, I came across data about the cost of Covid for trucking in Africa. The figures quoted by Charleen Clarke of Focus on Transport and Logistics magazine from South Africa, made me realise just how lucky we have been in dodging the bullet (so far, to a certain extent) from the pandemic. Read more

new navigation tools for truck drivers

Not Just When There is a Crisis

All of those people who are representing the trucking industry need to work together, pushing in the same direction and not just when there is a crisis. So it is good to hear the Australian Trucking Association Chair talking about working with its member associations and avoiding duplication in his speech to the ATA’s AGM this week. The increase in focusing on strategic projects is also good news for everyone in the industry. Read more

the cultural divide in trucking

The Cultural Divide in Trucking

There is no getting around it, and there is little the leaders in our industry can do to get past the cultural divide in trucking that has dogged attempts by the industry to clean up its act.  Read more

better bite the bullet

Better Bite the Bullet

One way or the other the government better bite the bullet on road charging or else watch it drift off again into a nether world where no-one quite knows what’s going on. The issue of road charging has always been a thorny one and it doesn’t look likely to change any time soon.  Read more

change is going to come

Change is Going to Come

There is a great deal of uncertainty at the moment about how future trucks are going to be powered, but there is one thing we can be sure of, change is going to come. If it does we need to be as ready as possible, staying informed and keeping up with the game. Read more

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