Month: May 2017

NSW State Has No Power Suspend the Licences of Wrongly Accredited Truck Drivers

It has come to light that the NSW road authority do not have the power to suspend the licences of wrongly accredited truck drivers. An incident that occurred on Sydney’s M5 freeway involving a visa holding truck driver who was unable to back a combination and had to be assisted by the Transport Management Centre’s …

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Truck Driver Who Ploughed Through a Busy Intersection to be Sentenced

The truck driver who ploughed through a Sydney intersection in 2014, sending 6 people to hospital has been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment and will only be eligible for parole in 2020. The man pleaded not guilty to the incident which left a Senior Police Constable, Amy Champion with life changing injuries, including a broken …

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TCA Releases Onboard Mass System Specification

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) released its OBM (on board mass) System Functional and Technical Specification yesterday and according to TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis, the key aim is to use OBM systems to support future road access and productivity. As transport operators continue to adopt OBM systems to manage their commercial obligations, mass compliance and CoR …

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How The Overhaul of 457 Visas Affect The Transport Sector

You’ve probably heard by now that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently announced changes to the 457 visa scheme in the hopes of preventing holders of the popular working visa from occupying jobs that could be done by Australians. You may be wondering what these changes mean to the trucking industry. Prime Minister Turnbull announced the …

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Four Year Sentence for “Killer” Truck Driver

The truck driver responsible for the June 2015 crash which claimed the life of teacher Maria Dowdell, has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and had his license suspended for 15 years. The judge labelled the truck driver as a”an accident waiting to happen”. The court described the driver’s history as appalling, demonstrating “flagrant disregard” …

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NSW Police Target Safety and Compliance for Tipper and Dog Combinations

NSW Police recently embarked on Operation Catapult at Rosehill on the west of Sydney, near WestConnex construction sites. The focus of the operation was safety and compliance for tipper and dog combinations with officers intercepting and checking numerous vehicles. During the operation officers from the NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command intercepted 29 trucks and …

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TWU Calls for Safety Measures on International Workers Memorial Day

The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has urged action to improve transport workers’ safety this International Workers’ Memorial Day. Each year we remember fallen workers worldwide on 28 April, but this year the TWU reminded us that transport worker fatalities make up 40 per cent of all workplace deaths. Transport workers have one of the highest …

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