Live export ban bites industry
BUSINESSES LOSE INCOME FROM CATTLE TRANSPORT
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.