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NEW LAWS, FLOOD­ING, ROAD SAFETY AND MEMO­RI­ALS SHARE LIME­LIGHT

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROP­ICS WITH ALF WIL­SON -

JAN­UARY 2009:

The march to­wards na­tional truck­ing laws keeps on with the re­lease of a con­sul­ta­tion pa­per and a se­ries of meet­ings an­nounced across the coun­try.

“The pa­per reaches the wel­come con­clu­sion that the in­dus­try needs to be able to op­er­ate on a na­tional ba­sis, with reg­u­la­tions that will al­low us to use the lat­est and safest equip­ment,” Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Trevor Mar­tyn told Big Rigs.

“It is the best way that we can carry the grow­ing amount of freight that Aus­tralians want us to de­liver.”

The first part of the new laws was ex­pected to come into ef­fect in early 2010.

JAN­UARY 2009: Isuzu cel­e­brates 20 years as Aus­tralia’s big­gest truck seller, from 1988-2008.

“There are very few brands any­where in the world that can boast sales lead­er­ship for the ex­tended pe­riod of time such as we are en­joy­ing in Aus­tralia,” Isuzu Aus­tralia’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Phil Tay­lor told Big Rigs.

“It’s a no­table mile­stone in our brand’s his­tory.”

FE­BRU­ARY 2009: Hun­dreds of truck­ies be­came stuck on the side of the road for up to a week thanks to ma­jor flood­ing in North Queens­land.

Big Rigs trav­elled through the af­fected re­gion and spoke to stuck driv­ers for its Fe­bru­ary 20 edi­tion.

“For nearly a week, more than 60 B-dou­bles were forced to park be­side the main street of Card­well on the coast be­tween Townsville and Cairns,” Big Rigs said.

“One truckie stuck out near Nor­man­ton re­ported see­ing a large salt wa­ter croc­o­dile not far from his truck while oth­ers were sim­ply forced to sit in their rigs or lie in the sleeper box for hour af­ter hour lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio or to a CD.

“To make mat­ters worse, driv­ers who parked this time had a dengue fever out­break to worry about.”

Ipswich truckie Tony Cum­ming was among those stranded by the side of the road. He told Big Rigs “yarn­ing to the other truck­ies” helped make the time pass quicker.

MARCH 2009: A na­tional safety code is launched for the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try, of­fer­ing a guide on oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety for road trans­port op­er­a­tors.

APRIL 2009: Work begins to up­grade the na­tion’s high-risk rail­way cross­ings. In a fed­eral gov­ern­ment pro­gram, more than 200 cross­ings were marked for an up­grade.

“Trucks take longer to go across a level cross­ing than cars and the re­stricted sight­lines at many level cross­ings mean that pas­sive warn­ings just aren’t up to the job,” Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Trevor Mar­tyn told Big Rigs.

“For us, pas­sive level cross­ings are like fac­tory ma­chines with­out guards or flash­ing lights.”

MAY 2009: Work is al­most com­plete on a new memo­rial in New South Wales hon­our­ing the driv­ers killed on Putty Road.

The no­to­ri­ous road linked Sydney to the Hunter re­gion and claimed dozens of lives. An an­nual memo­rial ser­vice has been held at the Garry Miller Memo­rial Park since the mon­u­ment was fin­ished in 2010. A to­tal 41 names are now on the wall. “Even those who did not come to grief should be re­mem­bered for their con­tri­bu­tion to the trans­port on the Putty and any present day reg­u­lar Putty run­ners, and there are a few, should also be thanked for their ef­forts to the trans­port in­dus­try,” memo­rial co-or­di­na­tor Paul Crol­lick told Big Rigs for its May 15 edi­tion.

JUNE 2009: The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment, led by Premier Anna Bligh, an­nounces it will scrap its fuel sub­sidy scheme.

“As part of its 2009-10 bud­get, the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would scrap the 8.35 cents per

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