Pre­par­ing for re­form

New truck safety laws are com­ing. Are you ready for them?

Australian Transport News - - Op­er­a­tions + Strat­egy - Ge­off Crouch is chair of the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

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.


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

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