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CEO Report

2019 should be the year we continue to advocate for the freight industry and our members. We have two elections for our state and the federal government and we should engage with our politicians as much as possible for best outcomes for our members.

Road Freight NSW has been around since 1893 in one form or another. We have a long tradition of representation with some of the oldest transport companies in the country. In one form or another, Road Freight NSW or the Road Transport Association of NSW has represented heavy vehicle operators from the horse and cart to today's B-Triples in Broken Hill.

RFNSW engagement with the NSW Government

The federal election appears to be challenging for the coalition and the state election appears to have the Coalition and Labor neck and neck. We have been disappointed with the coalition's lack of engagement with us on the rampant infrastructure surcharges unfairly imposed on our members by the big stevedores.We haven't sought to roll back the infrastructure surcharges and we haven't urged the government to throw the baby out with the bath water, what we have urged is an inquiry and regulation from IPart on the quantum of these increases. That's only fair. Three days ago, Patricks notified industry that it was increasing their surcharges by 89% to $77.50.

This comes straight after the latest round of increases from DPW that came in on 1 February and the new DPWL Empty Container penalties commence shortly. The questions our members are asking are pretty simple:

What will it take for government (or TfNSW) to step in and regulate the appetite of stevedores to continually charge more and more for something where there is no discernable improvement for our landside operators?

Is there an improvement for the shippers in terms of the costs stevedores now charge them?

We don't advise our operators in any form what to do with these surcharges. Nevertheless, where they can and as I understand it, our operators will undoubtedly be passing on these costs and have to hold these costs on their books until they can pass them on. I suspect there will come a day of reckoning when these charges will no longer be able to be passed on and that day is going to prove very difficult for the industry as the bigger players decide to take action.

Please click on the Australian Financial Review link here called Patrick follows the leader on container fees

International Women's Day

We have kicked off the year with our first event, an International Women's Day breakfast. The first time Road Freight NSW has put together a Women's Day Breakfast in NSW and something that I think we need to embrace as a diverse, inclusive and collegiate industry body. I would love for you to come along and show your support for your women in the industry and the essential role they play in a tough industry with plenty of hard men.

You are invited:

Come along and support Transport Women Australia Limited and RFNSW make it a morning to remember.

RFNSW Renewals

Members should be receiving their membership renewals for Road Freight NSW and I would encourage you to re-join our association for 2019 to help us to continue to advocate for your business and the industry.

Best regards

Simon O'Hara

Road Freight NSW


Heavy vehicle access in Queensland during emergency conditions

Currently there is a monsoon trough extending from the Gulf Country across the base of Cape York Peninsula to the east tropical coast near Cardwell. The monsoon trough is moving slowly northwards during the weekend and into Monday, though some uncertainty exists with its movement.

Very heavy falls are possible near and south of the monsoon trough between Cairns and Bowen well into next week, with a significant risk of dangerous flash flooding and continued major river flooding.

A Flood Recovery Road Access Group (FRRAG) has been established by Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to manage emergency and disaster heavy vehicle access under the provision of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

A dedicated hotline and email address is operating from today to provide help, information and emergency access to freight consignors and heavy vehicle transport operators travelling in the affected areas. The FRRAG hotline number is 1300 105 647 or alternatively you can email floodrecovery_roadaccess@tmr.qld.gov.au

The hotline will enable operators to access specific information on alternative routes they can use.

They can apply for heavy vehicle emergency permits that cannot be provided through normal processes in affected areas, or when special access is required in cases of emergency or great need.

The emergency permit process will only apply in affected areas of Queensland, in non-affected regions the current access permit arrangements remain in place.

TMR and QPS advise operators to monitor changing road conditions in the Conditions of Operation Database and the QLD Traffic website at https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/

Please note: The Heavy Vehicle National Law defines an emergency as an event, or an anticipated event, that

  • endangers, or may endanger, life, property or the environment or
  • has disrupted, or may disrupt, communications, energy supply, water supply or sewerage services.
  • is declared to be an emergency or disaster by-
    • the Commonwealth or a State or Territory or
    • a Commonwealth or State or Territory authority responsible for managing responses to emergencies or disasters.

HVNL Review

NTC has released the terms of reference for the HVNL Review and announced the panel of experts who will oversee the review.

The expert panel will be chaired by Peter Harris, the recent chairman of the Productivity Commission.

The expert panel comprises

  • Gary Mahon - Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Trucking Association
  • Gary Liddle - Enterprise Professor of Transport, Melbourne University and Senior Strategic Adviser, Transport, Jacobs.
  • Louise Bilato - Executive Officer, NT Road Transport Association.
  • Sharon Middleton - Director, Whiteline Transport and President, South Australian Road Transport Association
  • Andrew Ethell - Executive Director, Amalgam Strategic and Board Member, Infrastructure Australia.

The NTC will meet with the expert panel at the end of January 2019 and will provide more information on how the review will be conducted after this meeting.

National B-Double Notice

NHVR has announced that a new National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-Double Notice will commence on 1 February 2019.

The new notice will harmonise B-double requirements across HVNL jurisdictions potentially delivering productivity benefits for 19,000 vehicles. The notice reduces the number of conditions and creates a national b-double network.

What's in the box? Surprise! It's a properly restrained load

Published by Adam Vrahnos

Load restraint under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)

On 1 October 2018, the amendments to the HVNL took effect which have wide ranging impacts on how businesses in the supply chain manage compliance.

One of the impacts on businesses in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) is in relation to load restraint.

Part 4.4 of the HVNL sets out the loading requirements imposed on parties to the CoR.

Under the HVNL, a person who drives or permits another person to drive a heavy vehicle on a road must ensure the vehicle and the vehicle’s components and load comply with the loading requirements applicable to the vehicle, unless the person has a reasonable excuse. In addition, all parties have a duty to manage the loading with which they are involved under the new primary safety duty.

Further, the HVNL provides for national regulations to be implemented which prescribe requirements about securing a load on a heavy vehicle or a component of a heavy vehicle.

Those regulations are contained in the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation (the Regulations) which were also amended on 1 October 2018 to incorporate, among other things, the load restraint performance standards (Performance Standards).

In short, those Performance Standards under the HVNL, require that a load on a heavy vehicle must:

  • not be placed in a way that makes the vehicle unstable or unsafe
  • be secured so it's unlikely to fall or be dislodged from the vehicle
  • be restrained using an appropriate method of restraint or in a way that meets the loading Performance Standards contained in the Regulations.

The Performance Standards are contained in the Load Restraint Guide. The Load Restraint Guide is a document released earlier this year by the National Transport Commission (NTC) which aims to provide transport drivers, operators, and other participants in the CoR with basic safety principles which should be followed for the safe carriage of loads on road vehicles.

Load Restraint Guide

The Load Restraint Guide assists CoR parties by providing information in connection with transporting loads, to assist heavy vehicle drivers, operators and other parties to develop load restrain systems to suit their business practices and comply with the HVNL.

It requires CoR party's load restraint systems to satisfy the following requirements for all loads in all circumstances. A load restraint system should ensure that the load is not dislodged from the vehicle and any load movement should be limited, such that in all cases where movement occurs, the vehicles stability and weight distribution cannot be adversely affected.

The Load Restrain Guide's Performance Standards set out a minimum amount of force a restraint system must be able to withstand in each direction. For heavy vehicles, these forces are set out in the diagram below.

The Load Restraint Guide asserts that if the Performance Standards are complied with, it will ensure that a load does not fall off or affect the stability of the vehicle under normal driving conditions, including in circumstances where emergency breaking is required or a minor collision occurs.

It is important to note that the Performance Standards define what is required, but not how businesses can achieve the Performance Standards. Ultimately it is for every business to apply appropriate load restraint practices which meet their commercial requirements and the Performance Standards.

Author: Adam Vrahnos

* A version of this article was originally published in CoR Adviser. This article is © 2019 Portner Press Pty Ltd and has been reproduced with permission of Portner Press.


Austroads has released new national guidelines to help road managers assess the need and prioritisation for heavy vehicle rest areas.


The ATA has opened nominations for the 2019 National Trucking Industry Awards.Acknowledging individuals and organisations, the prestigious awards recognise those who have gone above and beyond to improve their workplace and contribute to the trucking industry.

"Trucking plays an important role in the lives of all Australians and our economy, so it's important we recognise those who go the extra mile and inspire others," ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said today.

Nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry
  • National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year
  • National Professional Driver of the Year
  • National Training Excellence Award

The award winners will be announced at the ATA's Trucking Australia 2019 conference, held 3-5 April in Perth during the Foundation Sponsors Gala Awards Dinner. The Don Watson Memorial Award and TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award will also be presented on the evening.

Road Reports

A new urban development for truckies to watch out for...

At Approxiamately 23h56mins on 24/12/2018 at Punchbowl Road, Lakemba near intersection of Roberts Road. Rocks were throwing at this Linfox truck. See the pictures below.

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