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Sponsor support to fuel Casino Truck Show
North Coast Petroleum has again confirmed its support for the Casino Truck Show, which this year will take place on August 5.
Casino Truck Show event organisers have confirmed that North Coast Petroleum will be the naming sponsor for this year’s Casino Truck Show event, which will be held in the Casino CBD on Saturday, August 5.
North Coast director Mick McKinlay says the Casino Truck Show "has become an event that our community looks forward to every year.
"We are proud to be involved in this fun day which acknowledges the hard working people in the transport industry and gives the public the opportunity to mix with the drivers and check out the trucks."
Casino Truck Show president Stuart George acknowledged the valuable support by North Coast Petroleum to the annual event.
"The generous contributions of our event sponsors are essential to the continued viability of our much loved truck show," George says.
"We are very grateful and proud to confirm our continued association with them in this year’s North Coast Petroleum Casino Truck Show.
The 2017 show promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more than 150 trucks expected to roll into town.
The CBD will be closed off to guarantee enough space to celebrate the Casino Truck Show’s sixth birthday.
For more information on the 2017 North Coast Petroleum Casino Truck Show see the website at www.casinotruckshow.com.au.
ATA critical of payment times
Extended payment times are a growing problem for small trucking businesses and must be fixed, according to the Australian Trucking Association.
New ATA Chair, Geoff Crouch, was critical of the extension following the release of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman’s Final Report into Payment Times and Practices. The ATA made a detailed submission to its inquiry.
“The ATA has been calling for extended payment times to be fixed and now the small business ombudsman has backed the need for the Government to act. In the trucking industry, some big business customers are demanding payment terms of up to 120 days,” Crouch said.
“The report recommends that industry codes should include best payment practices, including set payment times. In the 2016 election campaign, the ATA called for a mandatory code covering payment terms for small trucking businesses and related issues.”
Crouch said the ATA supported the ombudsman’s other recommendations to the Government, which would deliver shorter and more certain payment times and practices.
“The Government has made valuable reforms for small business – such as the introduction of the small business ombudsman and lower company taxes, but its small business agenda must also include fixing extended payment times,” he added.
“The Government must act, and introduce shorter payment times for its own procurement, require businesses who sign government contracts to pay their suppliers in line with these shorter payment times, and legislate maximum payment times for business to business transactions.”
According to the ATA, the trucking industry consists almost entirely of small businesses, with 98 per cent of road freight transport businesses having 19 employees or fewer.
Growing Your Fleet
Once you start a transport business, and if it goes well, the big dilemma soon appears about growing your fleet. Operating from western Sydney, Barry Garousse and his partner Lisa run Garousse Refrigerated, a successful small fleet hauling an eclectic mix of freight.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Barry hadn’t deliberately planned to become a small fleet operator but as time progressed opportunities came up which enabled him to grow the business. For instance, once he had two semis working for Primo he decided to buy another trailer as a spare in case of a breakdown.
“I went to an auction with a plan to buy a trailer and walked away with two,” he grins. “Then I thought ‘what the hell am I going to do with the extra one’.”
He needn’t have worried though, not long after a call came from HNL, a refrigerated transport company that had taken over the IGA supermarket cartage contract at Silverwater. The upshot was Barry was contracted to supply two semis to do local and NSW country deliveries for IGA. This gave him the opportunity to realise what he describes as a highlight of his life, buying a brand new Kenworth T402.
“It was a real buzz to sit in the dealership with the salesman at the computer and actually design the truck that I wanted,” Barry enthuses. “You had the multiple questions: What air cleaners do you want?; What windscreen?; What interior?; How many gauges?; Do you want dual exhausts?; What chassis colour?; Do you want the flare kit?; What type of bull bar?
“It’s such a good feeling when you actually get to choose and decide exactly how your truck comes off the production line. Going down to the factory at Bayswater to see how the Kenworths are put together was an amazing experience too. I took my brother-in-law and cousin so the three of us toured the factory and my cousin came with me in the new T402 when I drove it back to Sydney.”
The other truck he bought for the job was a new Isuzu Giga and while the work for IGA was consistent and formed an integral part of Garousse Refrigerated’s repertoire for some time, a massive jump in fuel prices post GFC rendered the job unviable.
“When I started there the price of fuel was $1.17 a litre and in a short period it went up to $1.80 which basically took away our profit margin for the work,” Barry explains. “So we had to make the difficult decision to sell the two trucks and downsize. HNL ended up buying the trucks and I still see the T402 running around today and think to myself ‘that’s my truck’.”
True to form, the downsizing didn’t last long as Barry soon spotted an opportunity to diversify into something completely different, bulk cement haulage.
“We ended up buying the Mack Super-Liner and started towing for Independent Cement in 2011. It was only nine months old with 90,000 km on the clock when we bought it – still like new. The trailer is a Kockums.”
Barry says the driver of the Mack, Bradley Kochel, who has been with him for five years, is one of the best drivers he’s employed. The truck is loaded out of Port Kembla and serves a variety of clients within NSW. It covers between 2500 and 3000 km weekly.
“Maximum payload with this work is critical so we have the truck on HML with the IAP which allows us to gross 46 tonnes on selected routes,” Barry adds.
In the meantime, Garousse Refrigerated continues to grow, working for new customers and picking up additional work opportunities, Barry says. “I love what I do and would not have it any other way.”
457 Visa Overhaul: How does it affect the transport industry?
Limited impact expected as truck drivers are covered by other options
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week announced changes to the 457 visa scheme, in what he says is a move to prevent holders of the popular working visa from taking jobs that Australians could be doing.
"We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians," Turnbull says in the video he posted to social media announcing the changes.
Truck driving was not an eligible listed occupation for 457 visa holders, and also isn’t for the new replacement scheme based on what we know so far.
While truck drivers may not have their jobs directly affected, a number of road transport industry groups are still debating whether the inclusion of heavy vehicle operation within the occupation list for the new visa could address the skilled driver shortage.
The replacement visa is more stringent, first issuing a two year temporary visa aimed to recruit the highest skilled workers possible, followed by a second four-year visa that can then be applied for if higher English skills are met and a criminal check passed.
In addition to these changes, the list of occupations that qualify for a temporary visa has been cut by more than 200 – potentially making the progress more competitive.
The 95,000 migrants currently working under 457 visas in Australia will not be unaffected and will be able to apply for permanent residency at the end of their four year visa program.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has long argued against including truck driving as an eligible occupation under what was the now abolished 457 visa scheme.
TWU assistant national secretary Michael Kaine says it’s too early to make specific comments on what this would mean for the future of the trucking industry but says he is pleased the visa issue is being addressed.
"The TWU has never been an opponent of appropriate skilled migration but the 457 system and other visa rorts have allowed companies to undermine acceptable conditions and wages by exploiting workers from overseas," Kaine says.
"While we think this is welcome news, the union will continue to fight to ensure the Government is properly overseeing visa programs to stop transport companies from engaging in a race-to-the-bottom."
Australian Trucking Association (ATA) chief of staff Bill McKinley says while the abolished 457 visa and its replacement don’t include truck drivers, other labour agreements that do will continue to operate.
"It is currently possible to bring truck drivers into Australia under labour agreements where appropriate, and these proved invaluable for employers in regional areas during the mining investment boom," McKinley says.
The announcement "makes it clear that these regional arrangements can continue where required", he adds.
Experienced operator Jones takes helm at AWH
New CEO puts Brumbies dramas behind him in return to agribusiness sector
Commodities transport and logistics joint-venture firm AWH has gained experienced executive and entrepreneur Michael Jones as its new CEO.
AWH is owned by stevedore DP World Australia (DPWA) and agribusiness Landmark and claims the position of the largest export packer for wool and cotton in the country.
AWH operates over 700,000 square metres of warehousing across 14 sites nationwide.
Jones has had a distinguished career so far, with a range of top positions in the airways, aerospace/aeronautics, international sailing and primary industry sectors, with DP World highlighting his time with Sundown Pastoral Company and Riverina Pastoral Company.
In the previous decade, he was perhaps best known as the founder and former CEO of Regional Express Airlines (Rex).
"The AWH board is delighted to have secured a new leader of the calibre of Michael and believe that his experience and ability is essential to drive the future development of AWH," AWH chairman and DPWA chief commercial officer Brian Gillespie says.
Jones hit mainstream media headlines last year as CEO of the ACT Brumbies rugby union club over property deals involving the club that occurred before he arrived in 2015.
A third crack at retirement
"SHE is trying to get me to retire,” laughs Tassie truck driver Don Blazely.
Don is heading off to work for the last time as he moves into retirement.
But this isn't the first time Don - who has been driving for more than half a century - has said he's calling it quits, so it's no wonder partner Cheryl is keen to lock it in publicly.
A Tassie at heart, Don has driven all across the country.
"I started driving trucks for my dad in his 1963 J2 Bedford,” Don said.
"That was in Burnie in Tasmania, delivering the local paper. We used to pick up the morning papers and deliver them along the north-west coast early of a morning,” he said.
It whet his appetite for life on the road and Don looked across the ditch, leaving to work in Melbourne.
"I spent a lot of time going back and forth from Melbourne, I liked it over there,” he said.
Don started at Leitch Heavy Haulage in 1969, driving a Flintstone Mack before moving on to an SARKenworth.
"John Leitch was a terrific bloke,” he said. "It was great. I saw all the countryside and have seen a lot of Australia with that job.”
One of his favourite memories from his time in Melbourne was working on the larger projects.
"The most exciting jobs I have done would have been carting all the bridge beams for the western ring road around Melbourne,” he said.
"Some were 220ft long and 60-70tonne. "That was a good job because everything was done of a night time.
"Every time we go to Melbourne, we go down the Tullamarine Freeway and I often look at it and think 'I carted that'.”
Don was also responsible for moving a lot of heavy machinery, including the crane that placed the roof on Melbourne's Etihad Stadium.
"That was a 600 tonne capacity crawler crane, we carted all sorts of things” he said.
In 1985, Don finished up in Melbourne and decided to return to his roots.
"Mum was still here in Tasmania and dad had passed away, so it was good to come back,” he said.
After setting up in Launceston, Don bought his own business, Westtamer Transport.
"I started with only one truck but built it up to seven trucks,” he said.
"We mounted cranes on the back of the trucks, carted a lot of drapes and line and I built up a pretty good business.”
One Christmas, Don accepted an offer on the business, which was his first attempt at retirement.
But Don couldn't sit still for long and began doing driving work on the coast.
One of Don's trucks in Melbourne
After three years Don retired yet again - but then decided to dabble in container work.
After that, he retired once again.
"I then had a mate say come and help me for a couple of weeks,” Don said.
"He said it was only for three weeks - that was three years ago.”
"I didn't like sitting inside I guess, I have always been an outdoor person.
Finally committed to calling it quits, Don is will travel to Melbourne to visit Don's children and then preparing to embark on some travel with Cheryl.
"She is very excited, thinking about travelling but Cheryl hasn't been out of Tassie that much true country girl,” Don said.
"We will have a look around and see where to head next and look for a caravan,” he said.
Don will be happy to get behind the wheel again - where he belongs.
"I'll enjoy retirement and still have connections with the road, stop at truck stops and that,” he said.
Iveco announces lineup for Brisbane Truck Show
Iveco Australia has revealed its 10-vehicle strong truck lineup for the Brisbane Truck Show including several new models on public display for the first time.
With Iveco’s recent appointment as the exclusive distributor of International Trucks in Australia, the stand will feature three new ProStar models in day, sleeper and extended cab variants.
From the Iveco product range, the company will display the 2016 International Truck of the Year, the Euro 6 Eurocargo, as well as a Powerstar 6400 HD, Stralis ATi and Stralis AS-L Series II.
An ACCO will represent the company's medium-duty range, while light-duty display will feature a Euro 6-rated Daily seven tonne van.
Showgoers with an interest in off-road applications will be able to get up close to the Daily 4x4 dual cab model featuring a range of modifications including bull bar, snorkel and auxiliary lighting.
Additionally, the stand will feature a merchandise area and also play host to the star drivers from the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
Iveco Marketing Manager, Darren Swenson, said attendees at this year’s show would not leave the Iveco stand disappointed.
“From the passenger car licence Daily models through to road train prime movers, Iveco has one of the broadest truck ranges available in the Australian commercial vehicle market, and the Brisbane Truck Show stand provides an excellent representation of this expansive product line-up,” Swenson said.
“This year we’re also excited to launch the much anticipated International ProStar range. We see the ProStar as complementing the Iveco line-up and providing our customers and prospects with an even greater choice."
Scania new gen trucks to feature Apple CarPlay
New infotainment system integrates iPhone functionalities
Scania is gearing up to be one of the first heavy vehicle manufacturers to offer Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system.
The new system has the ability to "seamlessly" integrate the functionality of iPhone, including easy access to apps and other functions such as phone, music, messages and maps.
The Apple CarPlay system will be available to Scania’s new generation truck customers who have its infotainment package with a 7 inch touch screen (AUS4) and the Voice Control option.
Scania Trucks product management VP Björn Fahlström says the new system is a "safer way to use your iPhone while on the move".
"Apple CarPlay support is being introduced in June 2017, and earlier devices can be updated, provided that they have voice recognition.
"By introducing this functionality, we will offer even more driver comfort and increased safety.
"For truck drivers, who spend a lot of time behind the wheel, everything that makes life on the road easier, simpler and safer is very much appreciated."
Scania says devices from Apple with iOS 7 or higher can be paired via USB cable to the new system.
"Apple CarPlay is an industry-leading technology of the kind we will offer more of in our trucks in the near future," Fahlström says.
Truck fire treated as arson
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Emmett said the fire was being treated as suspicious and deliberately lit but refused to comment on how the fire started.
He said detectives believed the business had not been deliberately targeted.
“We still believe it is suspicious and deliberately lit,” Det-Sen. Sgt Emmett said.
“We cover off a range of theories or hypotheses if you like but we have been able to rule out there is no issue of threats or demands or any issues like that.
“In fact our inquiries have found this business is very community-minded and has helped a lot of local events, schools, sporting clubs with supplying their trucks and general goodwill amongst the community so it’s pretty disappointing I suppose when you look at it from that community view.
“We are actually working on the theory that the blaze taking the truck was a secondary thing, it was mainly just to start the fire here on the pallets.
“They are going to get a lot less under insurance and the way insurance companies work you never get what you would like to get, so it’s actually going to be quite a detriment to the company.”
Camtrans co-owner Geoff West said the fire was disappointing and the haulage company was in the process of finding a replacement truck in the short term.
He said replacing a Mack truck would take 12 months due to a waiting list.
Det-Sen. Sgt Emmett said there was no clear sign of entrance through or over the perimeter fencing and appealed for any video footage or photos of the fire from the public.
“We think that there are people that can probably help us, they might have seen something whether that be an initial flash or the fire in its early days, and they are the people who we would like to contact us,” he said.
Anyone who was in the area at the time of the fire or who saw anything suspicious is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Mercedes-Benz puts pedestrian safety first
Mercedes-Benz has introduced a truck safety system that automatically initiates braking for pedestrians on Australian Actros models.
The Active Brake Assist 4 was introduced in Europe late last year, and is now available for on-highway Mercedes-Benz Actros prime movers as well as the new Mercedes-Benz rigid models above 18-tonnes.
“We take safety very seriously at Mercedes-Benz and we are pleased to be able to offer this feature to our Australian customers,” said Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Director, Michael May.
“Along with the proven efficiency, comfort and reliability of the new model, the safety features of Mercedes-Benz trucks give us a clear competitive advantage."
It is the first system of its type in the world, the new feature warns the driver of imminent collisions with moving pedestrians and simultaneously automatically initiates partial braking, which enables the driver to avoid a collision by means of emergency braking or a steering manoeuvre.
The automated alerts and braking initiated by pedestrian detection are active up to a speed of 50 km/h, and is also used in the current passenger cars from Mercedes-Benz.
WA Gov trials 'texting bays' for drivers who can't resist
With more than a third of Australians having admitted to using their phones while driving, it seems drivers can’t resist checking their phones while behind the wheel.
In a bid to curb on-road mobile phone distraction, the Western Australian government is trialling designated texting bays for drivers.
The West Australian Road Safety Commission (RSC) is trialling the five bays until April 28, at which time they will evaluate the effectiveness of the idea.
The bays will be located at points along the South Western highway and Forrest highway in the state’s South West and Peel regions.
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia spoke on 2gb Radio saying the trial is based around the need to reduce driver distraction.
"Sadly, 32 per cent of the death and serious injury crashes in WA are a consequence of distraction," Papalia said.
"Isn’t it tragic – 90 per cent of our population tell us that they know they shouldn’t text while driving, but some 57 per cent of the population according to our research feel that compulsion to check their text messages.
"We’re trying to separate driving and having your eyes off the road and looking at the screen on your text.
"It is about that separation.
Talking to ABC’s Saturday AM, Papalia explained it’s about giving people a safe opportunity to respond to the compulsion to check their phone.
"It's a siding on the side of the road that gives people the opportunity to get out of the traffic flow, get off the road, to park lawfully and then enable them to respond to what is a compulsion that people often feel in regard to checking their text message," he said.
RMS confirms block to halting incompetent truck drivers
No legal powers to suspend truck driver’s licence on the spot, Senate committee told
The New South Wales road authority has told a Senate committee that there are no powers in the state to suspend the licences of wrongly accredited truck drivers.
Questions were raised in a February hearing by the Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee in its Inquiry into Aspects of Road Safety and taken on notice.
The inquiry was sparked by an incident involving a visa-holding driver who had been provided a Queensland licence by what was later found to be a corrupt assessor.
The drivers had been unable to back a combination on Sydney’s M5 freeway and the Transport Management Centre’s Traffic Emergency Patrol staff had to reverse the vehicle from the entrance to a tunnel it could not enter.
Given the driver’s inability was a sign of his incompetence to be in charge of a heavy vehicle, committee chairman Senator Glenn Sterle sought to find out if, in the interests of safety, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) officers have the authority to "challenge the competency of a driver in such circumstances and not allow the driver to continue to drive".
RMS was also asked if it would consider developing a policy to encourage RMS officers to work with the Police in these circumstances in order to stop a driver from driving, or seek to gain the authority to be able to recommend to the Police that a driver in these circumstances not be allowed to continue to drive.
It has since advised that its officers did not have the power to prevent drivers from continuing their journey and that the limits of RMS power were six demerit points, fines of $630 and $2,196 for failure to obey low clearance sign and failure to be on permitted route respectively and the suspension in NSW of the combination for three months.
It later imposed the maximum three month suspension of visiting driver privileges on the driver.
"Roads and Maritime has no power to suspend a licence issued by an authority in another State and is limited to regulating its own licensees in NSW (the driver in this case held a Queensland licence)," its reply reads.
On the cooperation question, the RMS appears not to have answered the point directly but did point out that laws would need to change in its and police powers were to be strengthened in such situations.
"Police were in control of the site and the driver," RMS states.
"Currently, NSW Police may immediately suspend a driver licence at a roadside scene for certain offences.
"Those offences are in the nature of alcohol/drug driving, serious crime, or dangerous speeding.
"The law does not currently provide for immediate roadside licence suspensions by Police for offences such as those that occurred on this occasion. In order for Roads and Maritime or Police to be able to immediately suspend at the roadside for heavy vehicle or road rules offences of this nature, legislative amendment would be required and would be led by Transport for NSW in consultation with NSW Police."
Asked whether RMS officers or agents might go undercover to expose licensing rorts, the RMS says the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) Accreditation Agreement would need to be amended to allow this.
"Roads and Maritime currently does conduct unannounced Training Quality Reviews as a quality assurance process to ensure that training and assessment is conducted in accordance with requirements.
"A Training Quality Review may be scheduled based on an analysis of data from the Heavy Vehicle On-Line Reporting System (HVCORS).
"These can be conducted by Roads and Maritime at either the commencement or conclusion of a Final Competency Assessment, and focusses on both the assessor’s completion of administrative and procedural requirements, and the applicant’s level of competence."
RMS provided details on HVBCA assessments since 2013 showing that, in the four years to 2016, they had increased from 9,457 to 17,597 while the pass rates had fallen from 98 per cent to 92 per cent.
"While Roads and Maritime does not have any automated tool to detect RTOs or assessors with high pass rates, Roads and Maritime conducts industry analysis to identify potential high risk accredited RTOs and assessors," it says.
"In such analysis, Roads and Maritime considers a high pass rate, combined with a high volume of assessments, a high risk behaviour.
"Apart from industry analysis, the assessment volume and pass rate analysis forms a part of Preliminary Risk Assessments prepared for audits to flag potential high risk assessors in an RTO that is scheduled to be audited.
"Roads and Maritime has made data analysis a priority, and we continue to develop tools, systems and advanced analytics to increasingly identify high risk RTOs and assessors more efficiently."
On the question of holes being cut in truck floors as dunnies, the RMS says its inspectors "have not detected any evidence of holes in the floors of heavy vehicles so that drivers do not have to stop to go to the toilet in two-up operations".
How a Spinner Works
Many technicians will have seen oil centrifuges on engines, but it’s important to understand how a spinner works. The Mann and Hummel centrifuge oil cleaner is self-powered, using engine oil pressure to spin the separation chamber (rotor) up to 8500 rpm. Centrifugal force separates contaminants from the oil and flings them to the side of the rotor where they form a solid cake.
Cleaned oil exits the chamber via twin diagonally opposed jets which provide the energy for rotation. Clean oil then returns to the sump through the level control base which maintains the correct oil flow and pressure for efficient operation.
The truck and bus model centrifuge processes around 7.5 to 8 lpm per hour while extracting abrasive particles to fractions of 1 micron. At service time the disposable rotor can be disposed of in a common rubbish bin and a new one installed without getting a drop of used oil on your hands.
A very important safety factor is that the centrifuge has a cut off valve that prevents it working when oil pressure falls below 23 psi. So if the oil pump gets weak or fails the centrifuge cannot contribute to the destruction of the engine. This factor assists in the confidence and support for the centrifuge of around 65 original engine manufacturers worldwide.
Why it works
Up to 98 per cent of the fine solids in lube oil are 10 microns or less. That’s way too small to be captured by the media in full flow filters which are typically designed to stop particles no smaller than 20 microns. The centrifuge, on the other hand, removes particles large and small down to an incredibly miniscule 0.1 of one micron.
In contrast to full flow filters which eventually begin to plug from contaminants, the disposable rotor model 996 centrifuge has the capacity to capture up to 900 cubic centimetres of solid contaminants at which time the rotor is simply removed and a new one installed. The manufacturer claims the removal of such fine particles can lead to a reduction in engine wear of up to 50 per cent.
Defects found in safety blitz
INTERCEPT: Police stop tipper and dog combinations to check compliance.
NSW POLICE have set their sights on safety and compliance for tipper and dog combinations once again, with a morning Operation Catapult blitz.
The targeted stop at Rosehill on the west of Sydney, nearby WestConnex construction sites began early Tuesday into the late morning, where officers intercepted and checked a number of vehicles.
Before noon the NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command had intercepted 29 trucks and trailers, finding 15 defects including brake imbalance, air leaks, exhaust leaks and smooth tyres.
Two trucks had been given a red defect notice for major issues with their brakes
CATAPULT: A number of breaches and defects were found on Tuesday morning.NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy told 2GB the message for safety has been getting through.
"We scooped up a number of truck and dogs combinations this morning," the Assistant Commissioner said.
"I will report there has been an improvement, licences are in order and there are nil drugs and only one minor overweight.
"But still we have 15 trucks with minor defects, and in the last 5 minutes I have been told we have two trucks defected through brakes.
"We are going to keep doing this until they get this right," he said.
Sentence stands over SA truckie's death
An Adelaide truck company boss has lost a bid to have his jail time reduced over the death of one of his drivers who died in a crash caused by faulty brakes.
Peter Francis Colbert, 57, was found guilty of manslaughter last October because he failed to repair the faulty brakes that caused the death of 45-year-old truck driver Robert Brimson in March 2014.
Mr Brimson died when his truck slammed into a pole as he was veering away from other motorists in suburban Happy Valley, desperately pumping his failed air brakes.
Colbert, who was responsible for the trucks and knew the brakes were faulty, was jailed for 10 years and six months with a non-parole period of more than seven years.
He appealed against the sentence, arguing it was unfairly heavy and did not take into account his poor physical and mental health.
But the Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed the application on Wednesday, with the three judges agreeing the sentence was fair.
"In all the circumstances, a lengthy sentence of imprisonment was appropriate," Justice John Doyle said in his reasons for the decision.
"The significant risk to road users' safety associated with driving heavy vehicles in an unsafe condition means that general deterrence must weigh heavily in the sentencing process."
Colbert was the sole director and shareholder of his trucking company and was responsible for the upkeep of a fleet of 11 trucks, including the 14-tonne vehicle with the faulty brakes.
His Supreme Court trial heard another driver, Shane Bonham, had experienced a near miss in the same truck only days before the fatal crash.
But Colbert, who was also convicted of endangering life, had known for months that the brakes were faulty and did not have them fixed.