Everyone on the road wants to get home safely, yet for heavy vehicle drivers there are factors that can make this journey harder than it needs to be. In particular, fatigue and other road users are two of the biggest dangers. To truly tackle road safety, the transport industry needs to look at how it can better regulate and raise awareness of these risks. Read more
Time is a valuable resource, as are the parts and accessories needed to keep your truck and trailer moving. Waiting long periods for a specialty part is not an option, and it’s for this reason that Truckline, Australia’s leading truck and trailer parts retailer, is committed to providing top quality aftermarket parts and accessories when you need them the most. Few people understand this as much as customer Damien Kennedy, whose Caboolture-based company Tioicen provides transport solutions to the mining industry across Australia. Delays can cost both him and his client big dollars.
Fatigue is an ever-present challenge for the transport industry. Long hours on the road can impair judgement and slow reaction times, putting your drivers and the community at risk. Transport for NSW says fatigue-related crashes are twice as likely to be fatal while the Transport Accident Commission shows drivers that are awake longer than 24 hours’ drive like someone with a blood alcohol limit twice the legal amount.
Incidents occur on the road, no matter how diligent your policies, staff and business is. But with an increase in truck fatalities by 86 per cent in NSW for 2017, these incidents are becoming far too common so ensuring the welfare of your drivers is vital. By using technology to get connected, you can keep eyes on the road while never leaving the office, reassuring you, your staff, your customers, enforcement and the public that the business operates safely.
There’s a lot of the talk about the next-generation Chain of Responsibility (CoR) rules, which come into force in July 2018. A lot of the buzz has been about the high corporate fines and possible jail time for offenders higher up the chain. In this whitepaper, Diesel identifies the Future Chain of Responsibility: Top 5 Risks.
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Managing a fleet is complex. It’s not just keeping track of drivers on the road but also monitoring vehicle maintenance, fuel use, service delivery and compliance. This is never going to be simple! In a recent survey of transport professionals conducted by Teletrac Navman, the results highlighted common day-to-day challenges that can make it even more difficult. Managing costs tops the list, followed by growing revenue, minimising accidents, managing regulatory changes and retaining customers. Read more
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has released a new heavy-duty diesel engine oil category CK-4 and FA-4.
Ten years ago, API introduced CJ-4, which paved the way for a change in the heavy-duty trucking segment. It has now taken innovation a step further with the establishment of two new heavy-duty diesel engine oil specifications; CK-4 and FA-4. Read more
By Chris L’Ecluse, Solution Specialist, Teletrac Navman
In any transport business, vehicles pose a significant risk to employee safety. Trucks are involved in 16 per cent of all road crash fatalities, even though they make up less than three per cent of all registered vehicles. This means a ‘safety first’ approach should be everyone’s top priority. But when you’re responsible for a large fleet of vehicles, implementing a culture of safety is easier said than done. One of our customers, Life Without Barriers, takes a proactive, high-risk approach that allows them to respond to incidents immediately, while also keeping safety top of mind at all times.
Transport is short on drivers and the pool is getting smaller as more reach retirement. As transport tasks increase, attracting younger employees is becoming a priority. But how? By rolling out technological solutions that are part of their everyday life.
The new generation of workers hitting the job market would barely remember a time before smartphones and social media. Implementing technology solutions that appeals is about proving your relevance to an in-demand group who expect digital processes as the standard. According to research by PwC, three quarters of younger employees believe using technology in the workplace makes them more productive. Read more
By Paul Weiss, Transport SME, Transtech, a division of Teletrac Navman
Running any transport operation is challenging, yet like any dangerous good, bitumen hauling comes with an extra layer of difficulty. Not only do you need to adhere to the highest levels of safety practices, but delivery needs to happen at the right time and at the right temperature or the bitumen becomes solid as a rock. The past practice of managing deliveries using spreadsheets, a flurry of emails, SMS notifications and phone calls means this is hit and miss. One of our customers, Fulton Hogan found that breakdowns in communication between office staff, drivers and customers made it difficult to deliver the quality service it prides itself on. It was becoming far too easy for human error to creep in, resulting in penalties of up to $3,000 per hour for late or cold deliveries. A new means of completing jobs was critical if the company was going to stay compliant with safety regulations without spending hours on manual tasks. Read more