Preparing for reform
New truck safety laws are coming. Are you ready for them?
why wouldn’t you want them here? They can’t wait to get here Monday morning; they’re the sort of people you want,” Woods says.
One of those graduates of the Bondwoods’ school of ‘we’ll cart everything’ is the man who got the new keys and the first-ever new truck smell at Bondwoods – Chris ‘Coco’ Faaaliga.
POWER OF THE X15
Faaaliga started with Bondwoods more than six years ago and while his job now predominantly involves the new swing-lift work, there’s nothing in the company he hasn’t tried.
Local DC deliveries to steel, changeovers to dock work, Faaaliga has learned more ropes than a sailing class. Along the way he’s taken a lot of pride in each vehicle he’s had.
The last 409 he had looked in better condition than my car, and I clean my car a lot.
Woods admitted that even though Faaaliga works six days a week, the T610 looks like it’s just rolled out of the factory.
So how does the new T610 handle the round-town work? Piece of cake, not just any cake either, one of those three-tiered chocolate and banana cake creations.
Faaaliga loves it, admitting the power of the X15 makes it a breeze. His laugh borders on maniacal when he recants cruising past other trucks when he’s fully loaded.
In terms of manoeuvrability and vision, two vitally important attributes when it comes to round-town work, the same praise flows from Faaaliga. He had been forewarned of the shaking of the single-arm mirrors but, in typical ‘Coco’ fashion, he informs me: “Those kinda mirrors normally shake, but nope, that one’s good … maybe they shake when you keep hitting trees a lot!”
While the new Kenworth T610s have proven their worth out and about on the Australian highways, it was great to see how well it performed in more confined spaces.
The power of the X15 is evident pulling away time and again from the lights, the turning circle has lost nothing to its younger 4-0 models, and the drop-away bonnet and large mirrors means you’ve got to pull some real David Copperfield stuff to hide from the driver’s view.
It’s taken 24 years for Bondwoods to get their first truck, and the new Kenworth T610 has definitely made them rethink waiting another 24 for the next one.
T ruck safety laws are changing and compliance is more important than ever. On October 1, 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended to introduce a strong primary safety duty, extensions to the chain of responsibility (COR) to cover vehicle maintenance and repairs and explicit due diligence obligations on executives.
The changes will require trucking businesses and customers to increase their focus on developing and maintaining appropriate safety systems.
The ATA and our member associations have argued for these changes since 2012, as part of our plan to improve safety while eliminating prescriptive red tape.
Australia is home to the fifth-largest freight task in the world and is an essential component of the Australian economy. The changes to legislation and HVNL are important to the safety and viability of trucking businesses and, as the owner of a trucking business myself, I am glad the amendments are coming into effect as soon as possible.
These changes are about making sure businesses and operators have appropriate controls in place that protect themselves and employees, including: • Implementing suitable business practices, training, procedures and review processes that help to identify and control risk • Meet reporting requirements, document actions taken to manage safety • Manage compliance with speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading and vehicle standard requirements. These law changes are fast approaching, and it’s important for all parties in the supply chain to be aware of their new responsibilities and the role they must play to ensure heavy vehicle safety whether a business has 10 employees or 100.
As the regulations change, implementing technology solutions and joining accreditation schemes like the ATA’s TruckSafe will assist in COR compliance.
The demands of the Australian trucking industry are constantly changing, and it’s important that the appropriate technology is available to meet the requirements.
Transport management systems, fleet maintenance management software, freight visibility technology, and routing and scheduling software are needed by transporters to keep an eye on all aspects of the supply chain in real time, driven by the requirement to comply with COR obligations.
At the ATA’s annual conference held in April, we heard from CTO of Trimble Transportation, Timothy Leonard, who noted the benefits of technology-based management systems and the use of blockchain.
Leonard uncovered the vital role blockchain plays in revolutionising freight tracking, proof of delivery, payments and more.
Applied to the transport industry, it offers major advantages such as greater transparency, security and transaction speed.
Leonard demonstrated that customers who had implemented blockchain into their daily operations and management systems had gained improved quality, safety and regulatory compliance.
In preparation for the HVNL amendments, with support from the Australian government and National Heavy Vehicle Regulator ( NHVR), the ATA and the Australian Logistics Council ( ALC) have developed a new master registered code of practice to help trucking businesses comply with the new law, manage risks and improve safety.
This code is designed to make businesses safer and ensure they are compliant with the new provisions.
The ATA’s best-practice accreditation system, TruckSafe, will implement the master code to help members comply with the changes and make sure their covered.
Now is the time for trucking businesses to prepare for HVNL amendments and take action, whether it be implementing transport management systems or becoming TruckSafe accredited – or both.
Top: The T610 is proving a winner for local deliveries
Middle: Truck Writers of Caboolture added this tasteful scroll work
Right: The T610 and Hammar sideloader make a perfect match