should vaccination be mandatory for truck drivers?

Should Vaccination be Mandatory for Truck Drivers?

In a statement this week NatRoad raised an important topic for debate, should vaccination be mandatory for truck drivers? This is a loaded question and one which brings into play many conflicting issues, the trucking industry is going to have to think long and hard about this whole area. Read more

is it really good news for trucking?

Is It Really Good News for Trucking?

The government has this week announced wage subsidies, as part of its post-Covid-19 National Economic Recovery Plan, greeted as a great initiative by business, but is it really good news for trucking? The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy is designed to support businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees. Read more

getting shaken up on the road

Getting Shaken Up on the Road

The way local government works for the trucking industry and its need for a good shaking up was on my mind this week as I was getting shaken up on the road, behind the wheel of a truck. The road in question was the Bucketts Way in New South Wales and the decades of neglect is writ large by the patchwork of different coloured bitumen across the road for long stretches of this undulating road in rural NSW. Read more

the show must go on

The Show Must Go On

The welcome announcement from the Heavy Vehicle Industry Association that the Brisbane Truck Show is going to happen on May 13 to 16 this year will have been welcome news for many in the industry, after all, the show must go on. Read more

stirring up a hornet’s nest

Stirring Up a Hornet’s Nest

The Australian Logistics Council seems to be intent on stirring up a hornet’s nest in a move which is not only baffling, but seems to be designed to undo a lot of the good work done in recent years. The proposal might have had validity if it had been made in 2000, but it is out of touch in 2021. Read more

effective and credible

Effective and Credible

If there is one thing the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator needs to be, and that’s effective and credible. Actually, that’s two things, but the two go together, and you can’t have one thing without the other. Read more

how is the year going to pan out?

How is the Year Going to Pan Out?

Many in the trucking industry are asking the question, how is the year going to pan out? We are all mighty tired of the whole pandemic situation but it is not going to go away anytime soon, and perhaps never.

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a big hairy audacious goal

A Big Hairy Audacious Goal

Ten years ago in the lead up to the establishment of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, via the Heavy Vehicle National Law, we were told about a big hairy audacious goal, to improve productivity across the trucking industry by $12.4 billion. Read more

getting the right representation

Getting the Right Representation

If the trucking industry doesn’t get involved with those that lobby for the attention of those in power, then it is not getting the right representation. This is especially true for the smaller operators and the owner driver segment of the industry.

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we need to talk

We Need to Talk

There are many problems associated with the trucking industry, there always have been, but there is no point in just complaining about what is going on, we need to talk. We need, as an industry, to fully discuss issues among ourselves and then carry on talking, taking the message out to wider society and to decision makers with power. Read more

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