This Website is for Sale
Everything is on a Big Scale in the Pilbara
Everything is on a big scale in the Pilbara for the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, the distances involved are huge and the tonnages needing to be moved are enormous. Even though much of the iron ore arrives at the port on rail transport and the gas is piped out to the ships offshore, there is still a massive amount of freight needing to be moved by road, just to service the mining infrastructure and workforce working here.
The madness of the construction phase for these enormous iron and gas installations has passed, but Karratha is still a very busy town. Much of its business is busy developing the capability to service the needs of the resources industry projects now running in the region.
One of the businesses involved in this service industry is Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, whose striking pink trucks are instantly noticed by other road users out on the highways of the Pilbara and on the roads down and back to Perth.
The trucks themselves are part of an initiative by Volvo Trucks to tackle the problems of driver supply and retention in the Australian trucking industry. The donation of two trucks, a Volvo FH 16 and a Mack Superliner, was announced earlier this year, at the ITTES in Melbourne by Volvo Group Australia President, Peter Voorhoeve, as part of his campaign to improve the lot of truck drivers and get proper training and qualifications up, in the industry.
The donation of the trucks was in recognition of the great work being done by Heather Jones in Karratha. She has been a lone voice in the Pilbara wilderness for a number of years. however, with Volvo’s involvement, it seems someone is finally listening to her ideas and interested in her methods.
I have been really drowning for the last sixteen years, trying to do this by myself,” says Heather. “No matter what you say, they agree it’s a good idea, but let you do it yourself. With Volvo on board now, I am very excited. I love safety and I love safe trucks. These are easy trucks to teach in, so it’s a good match for me.”
The heart of the philosophy is in evidence when Diesel News visited Heather and her team at the PHHG headquarters in Karratha. These are working trucks and the task at hand is running two triples out to a large gas installation site and removing the garbage a small town of 7,500 souls generates.
The difference is, the drivers of these trucks and the way the job is handled. At any one time there can be trainees working on the job. The first stage sees them observe, sitting in the passenger seat and learning how the job is done properly. The next stage is to handle the simpler tasks with an experienced driver at their side helping out and checking everything is done right and the final stage involves the driver tackling the complete task, on their own to an extent, but monitored to ensure safety and efficiency.
It’s as simple as that, just a matter of giving someone with the license to drive a truck the skill set to actually do the job properly and be a useful member of the trucking community. The principle here is, you have got your license, now you need to learn how to be a truck driver.
The new face of heavy vehicle maintenance
Disruption isn’t just limited to the digital economy. Sandro Tranquim is changing the concept of heavy vehicle maintenance with entrepreneurial spirit and the mindset of a global citizen.
Sandro Tranquim’s role model isn’t your everyday business icon. Where most people his age would likely refer to Tesla’s Elon Musk, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, or maybe even Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, the 39-year-old is inspired by Linfox patriarch, Lindsay Fox.
Starting out with just one truck in 1956, a Ford F500 V8, the now 80-year-old has created one of the largest logistics firms in the world, with 36,000 employees in 11 countries and annual revenue in excess of $6 billion, according to Business Insider.
Just as Lindsay Fox disrupted the transport sector half a century ago, Sandro is hoping to change the traditional notion of heavy vehicle maintenance with his family-run operation, Tranquim, based out of Melbourne’s west.
Born in Mozambique and raised in Zimbabwe, Sandro was trained in the auto-electrical trade by his father before receiving formal training as an engineering technician in the UK, which equipped him with the necessary skills and ambition to establish a small business in Western Australia. In late 2015, he then relocated to Victoria with the goal to rebuild his business from scratch – and make Lindsay Fox proud.
The reason for the risky move, Sandro says, is that the somewhat stagnant heavy vehicle maintenance industry is in dire need of an overhaul, especially with regards to technology, customer service and team culture. As such, the revamped business’s point of difference is to remove the pain from the process, as he puts it, regardless how big or small the job.
To do so, he has put his company on wheels: A fleet of three fully equipped service vans is now travelling Victoria 24/7 to provide high quality repair and maintenance services “and make our customers smile,” he says. Focusing on auto-electrical, mechanical and air-conditioning repairs across the waste management, haulage and earthmoving industries, Sandro says the business has grown from a one-man operation to four full-time staff in the first year alone.
Major accounts like JJ Richard’s, Shredex and other blue-chip industry players now work with the Melbourne-based family man, who is quick to admit the business is not just a passion project, but also a means to provide for his family and help fund care for a health issue currently plaguing his youngest child.
To set the business up for future growth – and build a strong foundation for his family – Sandro is acutely aware that he has to cater to his customers’ increasing sense of mobility. With research indicating that wearable technology and digital aids will transform technician productivity in the future, for example, he is already looking for ways to bring new app-based systems to the business in a move to deliver a competitive and professional service that is different to what the truck industry is used to.
Apart from technology, Sandro is also leveraging his natural leadership capabilities and family values. His greatest mentor was his father, Antonio, he says, who not only helped him develop a passion for vehicle mechanics from his own, small auto-electrical business in Zimbabwe, but also fostered the entrepreneurial and analytical mindset Sandro’s business is now benefitting from.
Building on that foundation, Sandro has been able to foster a friendly, yet entrepreneurial, culture across his team that is based on ‘serving’ in the original sense of the word. This implies training his technicians to act “professionally, patiently, and with kindness,” he says.
Training and continuous improvement also play an important role in Sandro’s personal development: While it is often argued that entrepreneurs achieve their success from trial and error, hard work, or having the right talent, Sandro is of the view that education plays an equally integral part in the success of a young aspiring entrepreneur. Equipped with numerous certificates and qualifications which he acquired in the UK, Sandro advanced his formal training in Australia. In addition to having the necessary trade qualifications in auto-electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as air-conditioning, he is proud to now also be a specialist in tracking systems, vehicle security and auto steering. As a true global citizen with cross-cultural experience and the right education, Sandro hopes he is well set to bring a breath of fresh air to a stagnant industry.
Brisbane Truck Show tickets on sale now
HVIA chief says this year’s show is a ‘landmark’ for many reasons
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 25-28.
Show manager Noelene Bradley says this year’s event will feature new trucks, trailers and transport equipment.
"There have been some high-profile releases recently and they’ll all be on display, offering visitors a chance to get into the cabs and compare features and build quality," Bradley says.
"There are also more trailers and equipment than ever before, with loads of exciting innovation on display.
"Everything from PBS tippers and tankers to livestock crates.
"Add to that three levels of engines, components, equipment, technology, and support services. There is a lot to see, so most people will come for a couple of days."
The Brisbane Truck Show is presented by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) every two years.
HVIA chief executive Brett Wright says this year’s show is a "landmark" for a number of reasons.
"The 2017 event celebrates fifty years of the Brisbane Truck Show and that in itself is significant," Wright says.
"It has always been an industry owned and run show, however for the first time the ownership is now national.
"Since the last show CVIAQ has evolved to become Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia, prosecuting a national agenda on behalf of our industry, and with offices set up around the country.
"In advancing the interests of our members, HVIA’s priorities include delivering world-class events that foster innovation, and showcase and promote the latest heavy vehicles and their components, equipment and technology.
"The Brisbane Truck Show has a long and proud history, and we continue to build and evolve the event to deliver value to our members and the broader industry."
The show will host over 300 industry exhibitors and up to 35,000 attendees from around the world, over the four-day period.
"Whilst we will take this opportunity to pay tribute to show’s history and especially the world-class innovation that has led us to this point," Wright says.
"This year’s event will primarily look forward, featuring the heavy vehicle industry innovation centre, showcasing technology, engineering, manufacturing and innovation."
The innovation centre will feature interactive displays, demonstrations and information sessions.
The displays will showcase industry design and manufacturing innovations, and research and development success stories, and help connect businesses with support programs and services.
"In addition, we are about to launch the new Brisbane Truck Show Awards, to showcase the best of the last two year’s design, engineering and manufacturing innovation and achievements," Wright says.
"The awards will be presented at a cocktail event on the opening evening of the show."
The event will also feature the inaugural HVIA National Apprentice Challenge, which involves three regional teams work simultaneously, on identical trucks supplied by Fuso Australia, to identify and rectify a series of programmed faults.
Visitors are advised to take advantage of the online ticketing options through the Truck Show website.
"As always, we’ve kept prices down, including concessions and free entry for under 18’s." Bradley says.
"That makes it a very affordable visit for the whole family, especially given the venue’s location in the heart of Brisbane’s South Bank precinct."
For more information, visit the Brisbane Truck Show website.
Waste carter bill stands despite huge mark-up on quote
A rough estimate of $16,000 to shift land waste ends up costing $216,000
A customer has failed in court to get a 16,000 waste cartage estimate turned into a contract after the final bill came in just short of $216,000 and it refused to pay.
The District Court of Western Australia has ruled that the earth-moving company JW Cross’ rough quote to Parkridge Group for work using trucks and an excavator was no more than that, even though the it proved erroneous and was made by an employee inexperienced in that particular estimate.
In such a case, the lack of a written contract for the job and similar evidence from witnesses allowed for use of JW Cross’ machinery, or other machinery if that was needed, along with disposal costs to be charged "in accordance to its schedule of rates".
JW Cross had taken Parkridge to court over non-payment, while Parkridge defended itself on verbal contract grounds and claimed negligence on the part of its agent, MPM Development Consultants.
The alleged fixed quote verbal contract had been made to an MPM employee and had been made before an issued involving asbestos contamination had arisen and therefore added costs.
Though Parkridge argued that there was no proof of contamination, Judge Simon Stone rejected that on expert evidence during the case.
On whether the initial conversation was an estimate or a fixed quote, Stone’s finding begins with a statement of fact that legal experts warn can be central to such cases, depending on the circumstances: "There was no written estimate or quote for the removal and disposal of the stockpiles and the cost of doing so."
He found that the oral estimate of the cost to remove and dispose of the stockpiles did not include the tipping fees that would be incurred and that meant a fixed price or quotation to carry out the work had not been given.
On the claim for loss and damage, the judged ruled that Parkridge had in fact lost nothing.
"If $215,976.49 is what JW Cross took to remove and dispose of the stockpiles, with its usual and reasonable rates which were competitive with other competitors in the industry, then that is what ultimately Parkridge would have paid someone else to remove and dispose of the stockpiles," the judgement states.
Given this, there could be no negligence claim on MPM, despite the lack of a written contract that MPM’s employee should have sought, because it could not have gained the removal service for less.
The risks related to verbal contracts run on both sides, with lawyers warning that such agreements can be enforceable and that the lack of written contracts can make them hard to enforce of even prove.
Australian law firm Sharrock Pitman notes that amongst other things, "there must be an intention by the parties to make a legally binding agreement".
Shiny New Trucks
Diesel News took a trip up to Cairns the day after the new Mercedes Benz Actros models had been unveiled to a large audience of 260 potential buyers, against a dramatic background of burning cane fields with shiny new trucks emerging from the sugar cane to a musical fanfare.
This was a first chance to look at the new trucks as they would appear in truck showrooms. The evaluation models driven in a couple of tests, reported earlier in Diesel News, had matt black wraps to disguise the trucks’ true shape and lessen the overall effect of the all new cabin design.
The opportunity to drive the new trucks confirms the impressions gained in earlier trials. The new engines have transformed the feel of an Actros from the driver’s point of view. Where the response from the V6 and V8 engines of the past could feel ponderous, the direct response to the right foot from the new engine represents a dramatic change.
Couple this with a smarter AMT, the third generation 12 speed Powershift, and the driving experience is much improved. The torque available from the new engine makes the choice of shift points less critical and enables more flexible gear changing strategies to be employed by the system. It can be a bit unnerving, when driving a fully loaded semi through a small town in North Queensland, to see the AMT stay in 12th gear and let the revs die down to around 800 rpm to hold 60 km/h through the town.
All of the electronic controls and safety systems have become more integrated into the driving style needed to get the best out of the new trucks. It is possible to keep all of the control for the driver, but activating active cruise control does take a lot of stress out of driving.
The roads of North Queensland are not the best, far from it, but the ride in the new trucks smooths it out as much as possible. In the biggest cabin option, with its flat floor and four step climb to the driver’s seat, there is none of the slop and sway which could be felt in earlier Actros models of over ten years ago.
It has been said before and will, no doubt be said again, the Mercedes Benz brand has under-performed in the Australian truck market over a long period since the 1418 Benz had its heyday. With these new models the German truck maker has its best opportunity for many years to show us just what it’s made of.
‘Doors rear’ or ‘doors front’? New Melbourne terminal makes life hard for truckies
Container transport operators have been working closely with Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) ahead of the arrival of the first laden ship to be stevedored at the new automated container terminal in Webb Dock, Melbourne.
“E.R. Long Beach” operating for Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) on the Australia Express service to/from Asia, the Middle East and Europe, is due to berth at VICT on 26th February.
At 300 metres in length, with a width of 42m and a container capacity of 7,455 TEU, E.R. Long Beach presents challenges in accessing Swanson Dock due to her size. Hence, MSC is taking advantage of VICT’s ability to handle larger container ships without the need for the Yarra River passage.
“Export container receivals for the vessel commence in earnest from Monday, 20th February. This has necessitated container transport operators registering with VICT through 1-Stop to use the Vehicle Booking System (VBS), and drivers completing their on-line MSIC inductions (again through 1-Stop) before they can access the Terminal,” commented CTAA director Neil Chambers.
Road transport interface issues
The announcement that VICT was to welcome its first laden container vessel added emphasis to the discussions between CTAA Alliance companies and VICT on outstanding transport interface issues.
“We’ve got some major issues we are still working through collaboratively with senior management at VICT, ones that impact on truck servicing and productivity,” Mr Chambers noted.
“Key among these issues is the instruction from VICT that all containers be delivered ‘doors rear’. This accommodates the operation of the Automated Stacking Cranes (ASC) and the presentation of containers through the automated system to the ship’s side for loading ‘doors rear’. Similarly, import containers will be loaded onto trucks ‘doors rear’.
“Unfortunately though, this has major implications for road transport operators being compliant with heavy vehicle axle weight restrictions. In addition, it impacts on exporter and importer instructions where the container doors may need to be orientated differently, particularly when side-loaders are used.”
“In other Australian container terminals employing similar Stacking Crane technology (i.e. DP World, Port of Brisbane), the stevedore provides a service to turn boxes, with an associated fee. We want VICT to do the same.”
To assist in understanding the scale of the issue, CTAA is conducting a survey of Melbourne container transport operators to gauge the frequency of containers being delivered and picked up from stevedore terminals ‘doors front’.
“It’s a major issue, particularly for our heavy agricultural exports. We need to find a solution that doesn’t reduce landside productivity and efficiency, or drives up costs unduly,” Mr Chambers said.
Other issues being addressed include several fees to be imposed by VICT, and the management of container weight and truck weight information.
VICT will weigh all export containers, and will compare the declared weight against the actual weight recorded. Where the declared container verified gross mass (VGM) varies by more than 500kg, VICT will update the gross mass information used for ship loading.
“VICT planned to impose a charge of $130.00 on the container transport operator for the VGM update administration. In our view, however, the pre-receival advice (PRA) declarant should be charged this fee, as they are responsible by law to declare the VGM,” Mr Chambers said.
“Also, we are encouraging VICT to pass on mis-declared weights information to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for enforcement action.
“To its credit, VICT has agreed to suspend the VGM Update Fee whilst investigations continue as to how best to impose the fee on the parties responsible in the supply chain for the accurate declaration of export container gross mass,” Mr Chambers said.
“We are also working through the issue of the practical use of the truck weigh-in-motion devices that will provide axle group and overall vehicle weights to the driver as they depart the terminal.”
“We are assisting VICT to organise a discussion with VicRoads and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) about meeting their “loading manager” obligations under the Chain of Responsibility provisions in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
“Given the considerable variables in axle and gross loading limits depending on vehicle combination, mass accreditation and permits, the heavy vehicle driver has the direct responsibility to ensure that they do not carry the load on a public road unless they are within the weight limits allowed. The weigh-in-motion read-out will provide accurate information to the driver. If containers need to be removed, the terminal is clearly entitled to charge for that additional service.” Neil Chambers said.
“The 1-Stop vehicle booking system (VBS) will also work differently at VICT than it does at the two incumbent stevedores in Melbourne. This may take some getting used to, and fleet controllers will need to become familiar with the differences.
“The good thing is that the ‘mad minute’ created by the daily time slot-drop orchestrated by the other stevedores is removed. However, for imports, you can only book a slot once the container is discharged and its yard position is known. The way transport companies schedule their fleet operations will need to adapt accordingly.
“With goodwill and continued communications, we are confident that we will be able to work with VICT collaboratively to smooth the land transport / terminal interface as operations at the new automated facility at Webb Dock get underway in earnest,” Mr Chambers said.
Just Desserts with Scotty Douglas
Scotty weighs in on the sort of rubbish we cop from people who have no idea. "Trucks should be limited to 90"..... yeah righto
I’m constantly amazed at how often people use the word "just" when referring to their job. Maybe it’s a blue-collar thing; maybe it’s that Aussie not-wanting-to-blow-your-own-trumpet thing. But, I’ve never heard anyone say, "I’m just a CEO." Except maybe if they’re in court that is.
But I’ve heard plenty of people say I’m "just" a cleaner, or I’m "just" a mechanic, or even more concerning "I’m just a teacher."
And I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard the phrase "I’m just a truck driver."
It’s like we’re kind of embarrassed to admit it. Like the dog catching you with your willy out, you end up inexplicably embarrassed and self-conscious, even though you know it shouldn’t matter.
When did we get to the point where unless we have a high-flying corporate gig we feel we have to apologise for what we do?
The most memorable self-deprecating job description I’ve come across was from a bloke who worked for an artificial insemination company. At a Barbie one day I asked him what he did for a living, he replied deadpan around a mouthful of sausage and bread, "I wank bulls."
But it’s probably a good thing that I don’t get out very much. Because when I mix with the general public I tend to get easily riled by the assumptions that people make about being a truck driver.
"Really? Wow, how do you stay awake on those really long drives??" This is code for "Do you take lots of drugs?" Little do they know that the real answer is that I actually sing along to Madonna’s Greatest Hits at the top of my lungs with both windows down. Sometimes I’m naked.
But the one that really makes me lose my shit is, "So I thought trucks weren’t meant to speed, do you speed?" and "I get passed by speeding trucks all the time on the freeway."
This is the time to take a deep breath and embark on a futile explanation that usually guarantees that the listener will lose interest after 5 seconds. The vast majority of trucks on our highways aren’t speeding anymore. Trouble is cars have gotten slower. The wholesale revenue grab that is the speed camera industry has made sure that automotive manufacturers ensure that the speedos on their products read fast, in fact it’s a legal requirement.
Trucks are speed limited via the ECU. There’s actually an Australian Design Rule that describes this and it involves the amount of revolutions a standard 11R 225 truck drive tyre does in a kilometre. Asleep yet? Most people usually are by this point which is probably why no one gives a shit.
It is very f**king difficult to persuade some people that the speedo on their new Camry is reading as much as 6 km/h out. Again nobody gives a shit.
And then we end up with that old chestnut, "trucks should be speed limited to 90." Well you can blow that idea out your arse because I’m not taking a pay cut for anybody.
If the company you drive for chooses to mandate a 90km/h limit and you are properly paid for the extra time that you job takes then fine, more power to ya.
But to get all warm and fuzzy about saving fuel and being an eco-emissions warrior while your drivers have to spend longer in the saddle. That’s just wrong. Pass on the savings and maybe I’ll wear it otherwise it’s just a cynical money grab wearing a clown suit as far as I’m concerned.
And then there’s the safety argument for f**k’s sake! What’s safe about driver’s driving for longer to get to their destination?
I even had one bloke (not a driver) tell me that that he was only alive because a well-known local company had a widely advertised 90km/h speed limit. This conversation did not end well, and yes beer may have been involved in this exchange. Apparently he was driving down a country highway and was confronted by 2 trucks heading towards him side by side. The one being overtaken was doing 90, the other I’m assuming was doing a dollar. Apparently if the driver of the truck doing 90 hadn’t hit the skids and let old mate around the person telling this tale wouldn’t be here today.
As glad as I was to see this person had survived this brush with death and was saved by this slow moving truck. The fact remains that if the 90 speed limited truck had’ve been doing a dollar the other truck wouldn’t have been on the other side of the road in the first place!
On country highways people will break their necks to get past slow moving traffic. The more frustrated they become the more reckless their overtaking maneuvers.
And then I find myself driving a Toyota Yaris down a metropolitan freeway today, it’s not something I’m proud of but it’s cheap transport okay? And lo and behold I’ve got a Freightliner Argosy sitting so far up my arse that the driver could clean my teeth. In fact if I had of so much as turned the AC on in the little eco-turd I was driving I would’ve been splattered over a kilometre of the Monash Freeway.
But before you ask, yes I was in heavy traffic and no I wasn’t in the fast lane doing 90.
And it occurred to me that this is what most people remember about trucks. Not the hay run for struggling farmers, or the just in time delivery of their new TV from another capital city.
Most people just remember the looming bull-bar in the mirror on their annual Christmas holiday trip. Sure there’s a damning lack of education about sharing the road with trucks, but really most people don’t care unless the rear axle group of a tag trailer is climbing over their bonnet at a roundabout.
Unfortunately it always falls to us to drive for everyone else on the road.
There are a lot of unjust justs out there, but maybe If we keep thinking of ourselves as "just" drivers then we can’t really expect to be treated much different.
Western roads closed following plane crash in Melbourne
Tullamarine and Calder Freeways have been temporarily closed following the crash this morning
A plane crashed into DFO, Essendon Fields, earlier today killing the five people on-board and causing road chaos.
According to reports, the crash was likely caused by catastrophic engine failure.
VicRoads closed the Tullamarine Freeway in both directions between Moreland Road and the Western Ring Road following the crash.
The Calder Freeway was also shut temporarily in both directions between McNamara Avenue in Airport West and the Tullamarine Freeway interchange.
Bulla Road has also been closed near Essendon Airport.
Victoria’s emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley spoke to media a short time ago, outlining that the outbound lanes are now open.
"The outbound lanes are now open, however the inbound lanes will stay closed for a number of hours, until that can be cleared and understood to collect evidence for the investigation, but also clear it from any impacts that it may have had," Lapsley says.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has called this the worst civil aviation acccident in Victoria in 30 years.
The Essendon Airport is a major freight hub in and out of King Island and Tasmania.
VIC highway safety upgrade complete
The $28.7 million safety upgrade to the Princes Freeway and Sand Road intersection in Longwarry, Victoria, is now complete and open to traffic.
According to Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, the project will provide a safer journey for the 25,000 vehicles that use the intersection each day.
“This interchange was one of regional Victoria’s worst black spots, with 60 crashes between 2000 and the end of 2015, resulting in three fatalities and several serious injuries,” he said.
“The intersection is now much safer, with new entry and exit freeway ramps seamlessly connecting local townships and service centres.”
Federal Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent, said travel would be safer, easier and faster for road users between Gippsland and Melbourne along the Princes Freeway. “A major benefit of this project is the reinstatement of the 110 km/h speed limit, after it had been reduced in 2009 to 80km/h for the safety of motorists,” he said.
“The raising of the limit is welcome news to motorists and freight operators alike and will create a more consistent journey.”
Construction on the interchange started in October 2015. The Australian Government contributed $21.5 million and the Victorian Government $7.1 million to the project.
Australia’s premier transport industry event
Tickets are now on sale for Australia’s premier transport industry event, the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show. The event returns to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 25 to 28 May.
Show Manager Noelene Bradley says this year’s event raises the bar higher again, with the best and latest trucks, trailers and transport equipment filling the venue to the brim.
“Naturally there’s an expectation that any new trucks you’ve read about will be there,” Ms Bradley said. “There have been some high-profile releases recently and they’ll all be on display, offering visitors a chance to get into the cabs and compare features and build quality.”
“There are also more trailers and equipment than ever before, with loads of exciting innovation on display,” Ms Bradley added. “Everything from PBS tippers and tankers to livestock crates.
“Add to that three levels of engines, components, equipment, technology, and support services. There is a lot to see, so most people will come for a couple of days.”
“There are good reasons take advantage of our new online ticketing before arriving,” Ms Bradley said. “It will save you money and save you time at the door.”
The Brisbane Truck Show is presented by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), with the support of platinum partner BP Australia and media partner Bauer Trader Media.
HVIA Chief Executive Brett Wright says this year’s show is a landmark for a number of reasons.
“The 2017 event celebrates fifty years of the Brisbane Truck Show and that in itself is significant,” Mr Wright said.
“It has always been an industry owned and run show, however for the first time the ownership is now national.”
“Since the last show CVIAQ has evolved to become Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia, prosecuting a national agenda on behalf of our industry, and with offices set up around the country.
“In advancing the interests of our members, HVIA’s priorities include delivering world-class events that foster innovation, and showcase and promote the latest heavy vehicles and their components, equipment and technology,” Mr Wright explained.
“The Brisbane Truck Show has a long and proud history, and we continue to build and evolve the event to deliver value to our members and the broader industry.”
Held in HVIA’s Eastern Region every two years, the Brisbane Truck Show hosts over 300 industry exhibitors and attracts up to 35,000 attendees from around the world, over four days.
The event creates the equivalent of at least 269 full time employment positions and adds additional expenditure of over $70 million in output into the economy.
“Whilst we will take this opportunity to pay tribute to show’s history and especially the world-class innovation that has led us to this point,” Mr Wright added. “This year’s event will primarily look forward, featuring the Heavy Vehicle Industry Innovation Centre, showcasing technology, engineering, manufacturing and innovation.”
The Innovation Centre will feature dynamic and interactive displays and demonstrations and information. Displays will showcase industry design and manufacturing innovations, research and development success stories, and connect businesses with support programs and services.
“We are also about to launch the new Brisbane Truck Show Awards, to showcase the best of the last two year’s design, engineering and manufacturing innovation and achievements.
“The awards will be presented at a cocktail event on the opening evening of the show.”
Visitors will also be entertained by the frenetic energy of the inaugural HVIA National Apprentice Challenge. Until March 17, heavy vehicle mechanical apprentices from around Australia are able to nominate for an opportunity to represent their region in the “hands-on” competition.
The Apprentice Challenge has previously been a Queensland based competition and always entertains the crowds as three regional teams work simultaneously, on identical trucks, generously supplied by Fuso Australia, to identify and rectify a series of programmed faults as the clock ticks.
Ms Bradley encouraged all visitors to take advantage of online ticketing options with tickets are available directly from the Brisbane Truck Show website.
“As always, we’ve kept prices down, including concessions and free entry for under 18’s.” Ms Bradley said.
“That makes it a very affordable visit for the whole family, especially given the venue’s location in the heart of Brisbane’s South Bank precinct.
A comprehensive network of trains, buses and City Cat ferries link the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre with Brisbane city and suburbs.
From the airport hop on the Airtrain straight to the South Brisbane Railway Station. The same line continues to the Gold Coast. Statewide rail connections leave from Roma Street Station’s Transit Centre which is only one train stop away from South Bank.
“Hotel accommodation near the show is quickly becoming scarce, so I’d strongly encourage anyone that’s thinking about coming to lock it in now.”
“Just hit the link on the Brisbane Truck Show website homepage,” Ms Bradley suggests. “It will take you to a site of discounted hotels put together especially for the event.”
“It’s going to be an exciting event,” Ms Bradley said. “We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors from around the country to Brisbane.”
Linfox considers arterial routes to avoid CityLink
Clarifying earlier reports, company says it is looking at high-capacity urban roads to escape paying increased Melbourne toll
Linfox is considering alternative routes to avoid Melbourne’s CityLink network following the announcement to increase toll costs starting April 1.
The company says it is currently exploring options to use arterial roads in order to avoid using the 22km toll road network.
Referring to quotes attributed to founder Lindsay Fox in a report by the Herald Sun that suggested the company is looking at suburban route options to avoid CityLink, a company spokesperson tells ATN that the company is only considering high-capacity urban roads including many arterial roads that are designed to handle freight vehicles.
"The Herald Sun article indicates that we are going to bring trucks on all suburban roads, which is not exactly correct," the spokesperson says.
"We are considering using arterial roads to avoid using CityLink."
The Victorian Transport Association had predicted that the increased toll rule will trigger such a move from trucking operators.
The transport body has since released industry guidance for members on how to pass the increased costs to customers in a "fair" and "just" manner.
The Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) shares VTA’s opinion that the administrative costs must be passed on along the supply chain, and along with the Australian Trucking Association, it has expressed dismay at the decision by the state government and Transurban to pass the lion’s share of the hike on trucks.
Pacific Hwy fully reopens after truck inferno
UPDATE, 2.30pm: ALL lanes are reopened on the Pacific Highway after a nearly 12 hour operation to clear the roadway after a truck inferno.
Traffic is still being managed in the area.
Authorities are unsure how long the road closure may be in place.
UPDATE, 10.11am: ONE of two northbound lanes on the Pacific Highway has been reopened following a truck inferno earlier this morning.
Burnt out truck on Pacific Highway
Monday 8.55am: THE driver of his now charred truck watched on as emergency services move to clear the vehicle's remains and burnt cargo off the road way.
Rural Fire Service volunteers and Roads and Maritime are working quickly to re-open at least one of the northbound lanes on the Pacific Hwy.
The driver told the Northern Star he saw the flames erupt from the cab when he attempted to park the truck at the turning bay near Watsons Ln.
The driver than fled the vehicle onto the nature strip where he watched his vehicle and its goods become engulfed in the inferno.
An RMS official said It is unknown at this stage when the road will re-open.
Emergency services move in to clean up burnt out truck.
INITIAL Monday 7.44am: A TRUCK fire at 3am this morning has caused the Pacific Highway near Bangalow Road to be closed.
The vehicle was transporting beer and mixed goods.
The northbound lane is closed and motorists are being diverted on to the Hinterland Way in Tintenbar.
Emergency services are on the scene placing sand on the road and motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible.
Diversions are suitable for all vehicles.
Retired truckie gutted by damage to retro van
Tony Baker is calling for public help in identifying the vandals who destroyed his van.
MAKING the plea for public information, a retired truck driver from Ballina has described the vandalism of his retro van as gut wrenching.
Tony Baker, 60, discovered the 1988 Viscount Ambassador he lovingly refurbished after rescuing it from a paddock six year ago, coated in graffiti on Tuesday morning.
Returning home after two week trip from Noosa, Mr Baker and his wife found the car at 7.45am, covered in bright yellow spray paint.
Mr Baker claimed vandals targeted a two square metre Australian flag he hand-painted on the front of the vehicle with particular malice.
Tony Baker is calling for public help in identifying the vandals who destroyed his van. Contributed
"They've just gone around it with a can of yellow paint, just crazy, all over the white," Mr Baker said.
"There was an Australian flag on the front I painted, being an old proud aussie, and it was all painted over with yellow.
"It was as though they did it out of disgust, it's like they thought the Australian flag shouldn't be there."
An Australian themed beach surf mural on one side of the van, painted by Mr Baker's now passed away friend was also destroyed.
Man to face multiple charges after low-speed police chase
The left truck the roadway at Hanson Rd onto a dirt track and coming to rest in a paddock at about 5.50am.
Police have charged a 31-year-old Beenleigh man with 12 offences after a truck was allegedly stolen at Marburg this morning.
It will be alleged a man entered a trucking business on the Warrego Highway at Marburg at 5.35am, stealing a prime mover and crashing through a chain wire fence as he drove from the property, causing significant damage.
A police motorcycle officer attempted to intercept the vehicle however it failed to stop and continued travelling towards Amberley.
The truck entered Commonwealth property located on Hanson Rd, Amberley crashing through a locked gate. It came to stop in a paddock at 5.50am and the driver was taken into custody.
A 31-year-old man was due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court this afternoon charged with three counts of willful damage/destruction, and one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, fail to stop a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving, driving whilst relevant drug present in blood, fail to take reasonable care in disposal of a syringe, trespass, enter premises with intent and enter premises and commit an indictable offence.
Stolen truck smashes through RAAF Base fence
UPDATE: A 31-year-old man is assisting police with their inquiries following a traffic crash in Amberley this morning.
Initial investigations suggest a man entered an address on the Warrego Highway at around 5.34am, stole a prime mover and fled in the truck by driving through a fence on the property.
The truck was driven toward Amberley when police tracked him down and followed at low speeds.
The left truck the roadway at Hanson Rd onto a dirt track and coming to rest in a paddock at about 5.50am.
The man was not injured.
Investigations are continuing and anyone with information relating to this matter is urged to contact police.
EARLIER: A man has allegedly stolen a truck from a Karrabin business and fled from police in the early hours of this morning.
A 31-year-old Beenleigh man is assisting police with their inquiries after the truck was allegedly stolen at 5.34am.
Police have pursued the driver at low speeds before he lost control of the vehicle and crashed through a fence at the rear of RAAF Base Amberley on Haigslea-Amberley Rd.
No charges have been laid so far.
Fines, fees and levies targeted
When Brenton Vanstone was holidaying in New Zealand, the local newspaper, The Herald on Sunday, caught his eye.
The newspaper devoted a double-page spread to Australian billionaire David Dicker and his dream to build the world’s fastest track car for mega-millionaires.
Dicker, whose hardware distribution company had sales of more than a billion dollars last year, chose New Zealand for his project instead of Australia because he felt his homeland was “hopelessly restrictive”.
“The ‘red tape’ is getting worse in New Zealand, but it is still way, way better than in Australia,” he was quoted as saying.
Fast-forward to the Wandearah farmer and former Port Pirie mayor’s return to Australia ,,, he is now in the midst of chairing a ‘red tape’ committee set up by Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North.
High on his list of “fines, fees and levies” that need to be disputed is the registration and third-party cost for a truckie operating a B-double.
Mr Vanstone, who is a contender for Liberal preselection for the seat of Frome in Balaklava on Saturday, is outraged that the registration and third-party cost is about $18,000.
“These fines, fees and levies – it is a case of the unproductive preying on the productive,” he said.
He said victims of “red tape” also had to contend with their own deadlines and paypackets.
He knows of a truckie who lives “out of town” and who has a prime mover and various trailers and assemblies with a total bill of almost $50,000 for state government insurance and registration.
“Despite this, we hear the trucking industry maligned,” he said.
“I know ‘red tape’ reduction is a buzzword through government, but we are keen to see what has actually been done about it.”
He said the committee would first seek feedback from businesses and evidence from the public sector about “constrictions and obstructions” that cause undue cost and frustration in daily activities. The Recorder is seeking comment from the state government.