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NEW LAWS, FLOODING, ROAD SAFETY AND MEMORIALS SHARE LIMELIGHT
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