Live ex­port ban bites in­dus­try

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MARCH 2011: Queens­land’s new trans­port min­is­ter An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk pens an opin­ion piece for Big Rigs about the role of the in­dus­try.

The piece gave in­sight to a gov­ern­men­tal view of truck­ing reg­u­la­tions that were on the cusp of mov­ing from the states to a fed­eral body.

“The pro­gres­sive move from state-based to na­tional reg­u­la­tions is aimed at im­prov­ing the safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity of the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try,” it read.

“Queens­land is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the safety of heavy ve­hi­cle driv­ers.”

Ms Palaszczuk has since been elected as Queens­land Premier.

JUNE 2011: The truck­ing in­dus­try is one of many to be af­fected by a ban im­posed on live ex­ports of cat­tle af­ter an ex­pose re­vealed hor­rific conditions in In­done­sian abat­toirs.

Busi­ness ex­pert Van­tage Per­for­mance na­tional man­ag­ing direc­tor Michael Fing­land told Big Rigs in the road trans­port in­dus­try thou­sands of trans­port busi­nesses could be af­fected.

“The issue of live ex­port conditions must be ad­dressed, how­ever the trans­port com­pa­nies are the in­no­cent by­standers and have lost a ma­jor customer for the next six months,” he said.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­versed the ban af­ter one month af­ter it im­posed stricter conditions on ex­port per­mits.

JULY 2011: Truck­ies cart­ing wool on New South Wales roads get some re­lief from reg­u­lar fines for over­sized loads.

“An im­me­di­ate 2.7 me­tre width con­ces­sion for the trans­porta­tion of wool bales has been granted af­ter a two-year feud be­tween truck­ers and the state gov­ern­ment,” Big Rigs splashed on its front page for the July 8 edi­tion.

Truck­ies were rou­tinely booked for car­ry­ing wool packs, which are made to a size that is an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

Un­der the pre­vi­ous rules, truck­ies had to en­sure that no seam of any bale pro­jected be­yond the ve­hi­cle tray if the tray was 2.5 me­tres wide.

“Wool is nat­u­rally com­press­ible and may bulge un­der pres­sure and, with cur­rent press­ing tech­nol­ogy, bales are nat­u­rally vari­able and can change in tran­sit,” Big Rigs ex­plained.

The new laws stip­u­lated that trucks car­ry­ing a load wider than 2.6 me­tres must have a flashing light, load de­lin­eators and warn­ing signs.

JULY 2011: Big Rigs gets to cel­e­brate its own mile­stone af­ter be­ing named Aus­tralia’s most-read road trans­port pub­li­ca­tion in the coun­try.

It was just one year be­fore the news­pa­per would turn 20, and then-edi­tor Chris Smith re­flected on the news­pa­per’s place in the in­dus­try.

“Coming into our 20th year, we truly are a pub­li­ca­tion that rep­re­sents the in­dus­try as a whole, and the se­cret of our suc­cess is mak­ing ev­ery edi­tion bet­ter than the last, with a great team of writ­ers backed up with equally great sales staff, all look­ing out for the in­ter­ests of the trans­port in­dus­try,” he said.

“We have re­tained a mix of well-sea­soned con­trib­u­tors across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Alf Wil­son, Jonathan Wal­lis and Steve Mor­ris, as well as in­ject­ing new life into the pub­li­ca­tion by in­clud­ing writ­ers and colum­nists such as Chris Blan­chard, Michelle Pe­den, David Mered­ith and car­toon­ist Ryan Lee-Tay­lor.

“The mix of writ­ers has strength­ened the ap­peal of Big Rigs.”

The hon­our came in the same year Big Rigs first launched its pres­ence on so­cial me­dia. JULY 2011: An Australian-ex­clu­sive truck is launched by Freight­liner in a spe­cial show at Luna Park in Syd­ney. The Freight­liner Argosy Next Gen­er­a­tion took out the front page of Big Rigs’ Au­gust 5 edi­tion with its sleek look.

A crowd ral­lies in Mag­el­lan St, Lis­more, against the method of live ex­port of cat­tle. Na­tional Road Freighters As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mick Pat­tel's truck, pre­pared to set off on the Con­voy of No Con­fi­dence.

JULY Big Rigs re­ceived its own praise in 2011.

SEPTEM­BER One of the big po­lit­i­cal sto­ries of 2011.

AU­GUST An Au­gust 5 front page.

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