Women have better awareness of trucks, the review of livestock loading schemes, our foot and mouth response begins, zero emissions plans for Iveco trucks and changes at the top for ZF are five things you need to know this week.
Women Understand Trucks Better Than Men
National research for NatRoad shows 93 per cent of women and only 85 per cent of men say they are aware that a truck driver may be unable to see their car when sharing the road.
Some 88 per cent of women and 80 per cent of men make a habit of being on the inside of a turning truck while females (85 per cent vs 80 per cent) show slightly higher respect for the size of a heavy vehicle.
“Awareness and good behaviour on the road by Australians towards trucks is generally well understood, if not always practiced,” said Scott Davidson, NatRoad Chairman. “Women drivers appear to pip men at the post in how they behave on the road with trucks.”
The research into public perceptions of the road transport industry was conducted online by independent consultants StollNow Research among 1000 Australians aged 18 and older earlier this year.
NHVR Livestock Review Extended
The Review of Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements – Discussion Paper. discussions have been extended. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has said feedback will help it create a more productive, single national scheme to improve livestock loading schemes, identify safety and efficiency improvements, and make compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) easier for everyone.
Consultation will now close at 5pm (AEST) on Tuesday, 20 September 2022.
This discussion paper has been built on feedback from industry participants, who told the NHVR that inconsistency in livestock loading schemes and access arrangements between states and territories make it difficult to comply with HVNL obligations.
Foot and Mouth On Our Doorstep
An outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) would have potentially catastrophic consequences for Australian livestock industries and rural carriers. This week, Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association Executive Member (and LRTAQ member), Athol Carter, and ALRTA Executive Director, Mat Munro, participated in planning exercises in Canberra to ensure that Australia and the States are prepared in advance of an incursion.
The planning exercises covered FMD and lumpy skin disease, both of which have been detected on Australia’s northern doorstep.
An incursion response is likely to include:
- Rapid assessment and confirmation of cases
- Industry engagement
- A national livestock standstill
- Tracing and surveillance
- Declarations of affected and control areas
- A movement permit system
- Destruction of affected livestock
- Decontamination or disposal of affected items
- Recall of affected products
- Relief and recovery programs; and
- A public information campaign.
Preparing for Zero Emissions
Iveco begins preparations for the introduction of alternative fuelled vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2021, with the announcement of a new Customisation and Innovation Centre (CIC) to assist with pre-launch development work, while also appointing long time Iveco Executive, Marco Quaranta to lead the project in his new capacity as Strategic Projects and Industry Relations Manager.
The company’s plans to introduce a broad range of zero emission vehicles that include light and heavy-duty models with both battery and fuel cell options were outlined at the event, by Michael May, Iveco Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, and Marco Quaranta.
The first of these models will be a new generation of the Daily Electric van which will be released in Europe later this year. Iveco says it hopes to begin local testing of the first Australian electric models in early 2023, using the CIC for localisation, validation and customer testing.
Personnel Changes at ZF
With the integration of WABCO into ZF, former Product Support Manager of WABCO’s Australia and New Zealand operations, Blair Rundle has joined ZF, and the Oceania Leadership Team, in the newly formed role of Head of Sales OE Trailer & Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Oceania.
Also joining the Leadership Team in 2022, is former Warehouse and Distribution Manager, Brett Moyes in his new role as Head of Operations AM Oceania.
Stefanie Fischer, formerly the Head of Marketing, Communications and Strategy has been promoted to the ZF Global team as the new Head of Global Marketing Business Line Passenger Car.