Month: July 2012

Truckies under Pressure

Truckies along the Sunshine Coast are concerned about the pressure they are under due to regulations which they say are “unsafe and unnecessary”. Drivers say they are being dealt an unfair hand as government labels them as “unsafe” despite many truckies having gone over 2 decades without serious accidents. This is what truckies had to …

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Industry Braces Itself in the Wake of a 10% Fuel Increase

As of 1 July truck operator can expect to pay 10.4% more for fuel. This added to the increased truck and trailer registration charges may have a crippling effect on many transport companies who do not adjust the operations accordingly. According to the experts this will involve adjusting their freight rates and surcharges.  This post …

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Chain of Responsibility Update: Tribunal Aims to Make Roads Safer for Everyone

The problem of truckies driving long hours while fatigued and being forced to speed in order to meet strict schedules has long been plaguing the industry. However with the introduction of the Road Safety Renumeration System, government hopes to change all that. Government plans to increase truck drivers pay rates which will hopefully remove the …

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The Fortnightly CoR News Wrap-Up: Police Operations Reveal 1300 Truckie Offences

As we get closer to the start of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for all heavy vehicles, there continues to be a crack down on Heavy Transport companies. It”s come to light that in May, police operations revealed more than 1300 trucking offences in South Australia alone. The main problems highlighted were Drug Driving, Speeding …

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Truckies Resort to Drug Driving to Combat Fatigue

Drugs have become a problematic issue for the transport industry, with a number of truckies resorting to illegal narcotics as an energy booster and fatigue fighter. Truck drivers use drugs as stimulants for occupational reasons and this behaviour is relatively easily remedied. For example stopping at rest areas and taking powernaps are an alternative that …

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