40km slow down law, IWD and much more...


Last week I was able to represent the industry and our members with regard to the 40km/hr slow down law on Channel 7 News. Please see the footage here:

Online news here:

MUA Announces rolling industrial action against DPWA

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have voted in support of taking rolling industrial action against DP World Australia (DPWA), including strikes and indefinite work bans, with actions to commence from next Friday.

The bans and strike action include bans on upgrades, bans on overtime and shift extensions, and a series of rolling work stoppages of between 1 and 24 hours.

Road Freight NSW and Transport Women Australia International Women's Day

On 8 March 2019, RFNSW and TWAL held a joint IWD Women's Breakfast. Kim Smart from Formula Chemicals was our MC and showed great poise and depth.

Marg Prendergast, Co-ordinator General, TfNSW spoke of her experience as a career woman putting together the Olympics transport. And also as a mother. Marg's story was inspirational.

We had a great turn out of women and men to the event.

It was a relaxed event with lots of prizes and no pretensions.

Road Freight NSW is looking forward to our RFNSW IWD 2020 event.

NSW Election

RNSW is engaging with both parties in this election to ensure that we get the best advantage for our members.

We will be in contact with more coverage on this issue in our next newsletter.

Friend or foe? The regulator's approach to compliance and enforcement

12 February 2019


Published by Nathan Cecil

In November 2018, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) launched the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy (NCEP). The NCEP details the NHVR's policy and approach to compliance and enforcement of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), including what kind of enforcement or sanction actions will be undertaken by the NHVR in response to non-compliance in certain circumstances.

The aim of the NCEP is to provide a uniform and consistent roadmap for all compliance activities undertaken by the NHVR and State/Territory safety agencies operating under them - where lack of uniformity in investigation and enforcement has been a significant criticism of the HVNL in the past. In addition, the NCEP is intended to provide for proportionate and fair response to noncompliance, depending on the circumstances.

Just like parties in the Chain are meant to adopt a risk-based approach to compliance, the NHVR will adopt a risk-based approach to enforcement activities. Enforcement responses will be "graduated and proportionate", depending on the:

  • severity of the safety risk and the immediacy of actual or potential consequences
  • willingness and/or ability of the industry participant to comply, taking into account their compliance history.

In order of preference, the NHVR's response will be to:

  • inform - set safety standards and engage with industry
  • educate - provide guidance and advice on compliance
  • enforce - from warnings and cautions; to directions, instructions and improvement notices; to infringement notices; to prohibition notices; to suspension of accreditation; to enforceable undertakings; to prosecution and potential supervisory intervention orders and prohibition orders
  • monitor - track poor performers and subject them to increased scrutiny and enhanced enforcement action as appropriate.

In short, the NHVR seeks to adopt a co-regulatory model, where it, as the regulator, works with industry to educate, advise and assist industry to comply with the law, before turning to compulsory enforcement options for those industry participants unwilling or unable to play along.

A copy of the NCEP can be found here.

Author: Nathan Cecil

* 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

NTI Media Release

Tickets now on sale for NTI's next truck restoration for Motor Neurone Disease

13 March 2019

Australia's number one truck insurer - National Transport Insurance (NTI) is excited to announce tickets are now available online at www.nti.com.au/ntimnd for the next truck in NTI's Restoration Series for Motor Neurone Disease.

Tickets are pitched at 1 for $10 or 6 for $50, with 100% of proceeds going directly to the MND Research Institute of Australia to award the NTI Research Grant, and the MND & Me Foundation.

This year's truck, a 1946 Ford Jailbar fondly dubbed "Roxanne", promises to deliver a different kind of restoration to the previous project - a 1946 International Model K5, known as the "Green Diamond".

NTI's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tony Clark says the public reaction to the NTI's Jailbar promo truck drove the decision to stick with the iconic Jailbar model.

"This year's resto is a truck enthusiast's dream; we're using an Isuzu Trucks N Series donor vehicle to deliver a smooth, easy drive with modern day inclusions, and a Jailbar exterior that will stop traffic and turn heads for all the right reasons," said Mr. Clark.

"In short, it's going to be a hot piece of nostalgia with the perks of a new truck. Even at this stage in the resto process - I can tell this one will be hard to let go of,"

"Our project partners Royan Truck & Trailer Repairs, Annvid Auto Upholsterers & Marine Trimmers, PPG Paints, Hy-Way Truck Accessories, Battery World, Isuzu Trucks and TEKNO are just as keen as the average punter to get their hands on raffle tickets, knowing firsthand the quality of workmanship and passion going into this truck," he said

The winner will be drawn on the final day of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show (Qld) in May. The truck will be on display for the duration of the event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, in the Plaza Level BBQ Bar. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase on location.

In the meantime, catch behind the scenes footage, updates and the faces behind the work-in-progress via the National Transport Facebook Page and NTI website at www.nti.com.au.

(Tickets are available to residence across all Australian states and territories, excl. Western Australia. Please visit the ticket website for full T&Cs ).

NHVR Media release

Time saving for new rego portal access

Operators can save up to 15 minutes per vehicle with access to real time registration information through the NHVR Portal - Registration Module and meet industry requests for additional Chain of Responsibility support.

NHVR Program Manager Tammy Wigg said new portal functions would allow businesses across the supply chain access to real time fleet information, including a vehicle's current registration status and configuration.

"Operators can avoid sharing registration information with contractors through email, which is cumbersome and adds an administrative load on both parties," Ms Wigg said.

"Operators can now share a direct link to their vehicles' registration details with contractors, eliminating the back and forth of emails and reducing their exposure to risk.

"The NHVR Registration service through the NHVR Portal - Registration Module has been viewed more than 3 million times since it was launched in October last year.

"There have also been 32,000 searches using the NHVR Registration Checker app, which is available on Google Play or Apple Store."

The NHVR Portal - Registration Module brings together registration for 905,000 heavy vehicle units registered by state and territory governments* into a single database.

Boral's National Heavy Vehicle Compliance Manager Craig Guthrie said the new functionality would allow subcontractors to provide up-to-date information on their vehicles

"Currently subcontractors can print out or email details of their fleet, but having real time access to fleet information allows us to put additional safety systems in place," he said.

"Having all the information in one place saves time and means operators can give us the assurance that their vehicles are registered."

For more information on the sharing function in the NHVR Portal visit www.nhvr.gov.au/regoportal

Contact: Andrew Berkman | 0429 128 637


Common Carriers, bailees, insurance, unfair contracts - What are carriers actually liable for?

Liability for carriage and storage of goods is governed by more than just a contract. At this transport seminar, Partner Geoff Farnsworth will look at liability issues in logistics contracts, particularly in light of the recent decision of the UK Supreme Court in Volcafe Ltd v Compania Sud Americana De Vapores [2018] UKSC 1103.

Please RSVP to register for this seminar and further event details are below.

We hope to see you there.

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