Leigh Smart takes top national trucking gong!

Leigh Smart takes top national trucking gong!

Our finalists out of the 2018 Road Freight NSW Conference have all been nominated by RFNSW into the national awards run by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) at the Trucking Australia Conference held in Perth on 4 and 5 April 2019.

Leigh Smart and Roslyn Anderson were both finalists from NSW at Trucking Australia and went into the mix against other national finalists.

Leigh Smart went on to win the 2019 Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry.

Leigh had a great field of candidates this year in this category.

As many of you know, Leigh is a great advocate for the industry and raises questions about regulator and enforcement. Leigh also dedicates himself to charity work for children with cancer and serious illness in Fiji. Fortunately for RFNSW, Leigh is blessed with good humour that assists with, at times, difficult situations.

Leigh said to me today that although he won the award, he believes it also goes to Road Freight NSW and its members as part of our new journey started 18 months ago. Leigh has said that its proof of our bona fides that a member of Road Freight NSW takes out the top trucking award in Australia.

Congratulations Leigh and to our members ensuring that we could nominate quality candidates like Leigh Smart from Formula Chemicals.

Lastly, all of our 5 candidates we have put forward are the highest quality candidates arising out of the RFNSW Conference in 2018. Congrautlations to you all!

A full list of award winners is below.

Dean should happy with his conference.


It was a great pleasure to be invited along to senior government meetings by Cam Dumesny from Western Force (our equivalent in WA) to speak and hear from what is happening in WA these days.

It was clear that Cam is doing a great job and engaging with everyone at senior government levels for his members. And doing so successfully!

I also had the opportunity of attending the Fremantle Port for our equivalent of the Port Road Taskforce and speaking to Perth stevedores, road carriers, Fremantle Port, government and bureaucracy around issues facing our operators. As well, as hearing from them about container parks amongst other things.

NSW Police

Sometimes you see something and have you to congratulate someone for doing the right thing. This is one of those circumstances:

NSW Ministry

Following the 2019 NSW Election and the swearing in of the NSW Ministry this week, Transport has two ministers:

  • The Minister for Transport and Roads, the Hon. Andrew Constance MP
  • The Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, the Hon. Paul Toole MP


I hope you have a safe Easter with your friends and family.

Best regards

Simon O'Hara
Road Freight NSW

New workers insurance tool makes things simpler for NSW employers

icare has introduced a new tool called Employer Lookup, which makes it easy for you to provide on the spot confirmation that you, your workers or a business you may be dealing with is covered for NSW workers insurance.

With Employer Lookup, you will now have access to a tool at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere, to verify workers compensation cover. All you need to do is enter in an ABN and our tool will search and find your NSW workers compensation policy with icare.

This new tool will make things simpler for employers, particularly businesses in industries who may have previously experienced delays in getting workers on site because they don’t have their workers insurance documentation handy.

You can access the tool on the icare website from your desktop or mobile device. Check it out when you get a chance.



Winner details attached and photographs available here.

Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry
Award sponsor: BP, National Transport Insurance, Volvo Trucks

Leigh Smart, Formula Chemicals
Leigh Smart is director of Formula Chemicals, well-known for his positive approach and enthusiasm. Leigh founded the company in 1973 and was the only employee. Now the business has expanded across four factories and employs more than 40 staff.

Dedicated to safety, Leigh is a mentor in the WorkCover ‘Safe Business is Good Business’ program and was an accredited WorkCover consultant for 15 years.

Leigh is a generous contributor to the trucking industry, involved in the ATA Truckweek events in 2014 and 2016. Leigh has been a passionate industry representative and advocate for many years, particularly in the road transport of dangerous goods.

National Professional Driver of the Year
Award Sponsors: BP Australia, National Transport Insurance, Volvo Trucks

Bernard Forssman, AFD / Directhaul
Bernard has driven for AFD/Directhaul for 25 years and been a part of the industry for more than 45 years. Bernard carts aviation fuel along the Stuart Highway and has driven more than 10 million kilometres incident-free.

Bernard is a quiet achiever who takes great pride in his work, strives to keep his equipment in pristine condition, and is respected by his peers for his professionalism and reliability.

National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year
Award sponsor: Cummins South Pacific

Coralie Chapman, Linfox
Coralie Chapman is Transport Scheduler at Linfox Australia and has worked in road transport for more than 19 years. Coralie has been on the Transport Women Australia board since 2016, was made secretary in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2018 National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year award.

Coralie was a participant in the 2018 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum, where she developed a project to expand the media strategies of stakeholders to raise awareness of safety and the image of the industry.

National Training Excellence Award
Award Sponsor: Sutton Road Training Centre – TISC

Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA)
AFRA was founded in 1993 as the official body of removals experts that helps regulate the removals industry. More than 350 companies across the country are AFRA members and all are educated by qualified trainers to the AFRA professional standards.

In updating the current training offered, AFRA have developed a new initiative moving towards its own Learning Management System. This includes training courses on insurance, chain of responsibility, workplace health and safety, and industrial relations. The association has also moved towards online training and traineeships to create career paths, retain staff and make training more accessible to all members.

TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award
Award Sponsor: AEI Transport Insurance Brokers

Nolan’s Interstate Transport
Nolan’s Interstate Transport began its operations in the early 1900s. Owned and operated by Robert Hawck, the company used horse-drawn carts to transport such products as cream, wood and milk across the Lockyer Valley Region. Over the years, the company has been passed down through the family.

Daphne and the late Terry Nolan acquired the business in the 1970s and shared the ATA’s Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry Award in 2011.

Now one of the largest family-owned and operated transport businesses in Queensland, Nolan’s Transport operates approximately 100 trucks and employs more than 250 staff.

A member of TruckSafe since 1996, Nolan’s Transport has a strong safety culture and has won awards for Excellence in Road Transport and Workcover Best Practice.

Hold on to your T&Cs, unfair contract terms to get even tougher

The Federal Government has announced a new round of consultation on proposed measures to further strengthen laws on unfair contract terms. The announcement follows a 2016-2018 review which found that while protections for small business had improved, industry confusion around implementation has persisted, there is a lack of regulatory guidance and the deterrence effect has been limited. As it stands, unfair contract terms can be voided but the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) cannot seek pecuniary penalties for that offence alone.

In response to the review findings, the government will now move to consider the following substantive changes (in addition to an array of technical amendments):

  • introducing civil penalties for breaches of the unfair contracts regime, and rendering the conduct illegal
  • changing the concept of a “small business” to one that employs fewer than 100 persons at the time of the contract or had an annual turnover less than $10 million
  • removing the value threshold for small business contracts, thereby expanding the application of the regime
  • clarifying the definition of a “standard form contract”, a key concept upon which the application of the small business regime relies
  • expanding the category of agreements caught by the regime to include government contracts
  • a possible exemption of ‘minimum standards’ prescribed by state and territory laws.

The proposal aligns with the ACCC’s ongoing focus on unfair contracts and repeated calls by its Chairman Rod Sims for increased powers and penalties to encourage change in business behaviours.

If adopted, these changes would follow standing commitments to extend the current regime to insurance contracts, and an earlier announcement by the Federal Labor Party that it would outlaw unfair contract terms and increase fines. The consultation will also consider whether the proposed changes could be extended to consumer and insurance contracting.

Author: Georgia Milne


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NTI Media release

National Transport Insurance raises the bar with new partnership and innovative insurance offering

10 April 2019

As the country’s number one truck insurer, National Transport Insurance (NTI) is proud to announce a new partnership with global company Seeing Machines – a recognised industry leader in developing Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) for the Automotive, Commercial Fleet, Aviation, Rail and Off-Road markets.

The partnership is a reflection of NTI’s commitment to the long-term sustainability of Australia’s transport & logistics industry and the projection of ‘zero heavy vehicle involved fatality rate’ by year 2032, as supported in NTI’s recent 2019 Major Accident Investigation Report.

Mr Chris Hogarty, Chief Customer Officer, says the partnership between NTI and Seeing Machines is built on a genuine synergy between values. “Together we are ‘walking the talk’, and moving beyond assessing that fleets and transport businesses have safety policies & procedures in place. We’re venturing into new territory.”

“Our exclusive partnership enables NTI to promote the uptake of Seeing Machines’ Guardian technology, whilst also take advantage of research opportunities and exchange critical data.”

The partnership will also explore how Heavy Motor Fleet insurance responds to the incorporation of Seeing Machine’s marketing-leading and life-saving Guardian technology to reduce heavy vehicle road incidences and improve safety for all road users.

“Seeing Machine’s technology delivers real-time identification and understanding of driver behaviour through Artificial Intelligence (AI) analysis of heads, faces and eyes. It has the potential to shift what we accept as the safety benchmark in transport and logistics,” said Mr. Hogarty.

With offices across USA, Europe and Asia, Seeing Machine’s General Manage – Fleet, Mr Paul McGlone says the adoption of Guardian safety technology is tried and tested in over 14,000 commercial vehicles worldwide. NTI’s offering is a sign of things to come for Australian road safety

“Seeing Machines works closely with insurers in several countries today. Partnering with NTI in Australia will open up significant opportunities to accelerate growth in our Fleet business locally and create new information based collaboration and services. We are delighted to be working with NTI who, like Seeing Machines, are focused on customer service as well as road safety.”

Maintenance closure and detour arrangements at the Hawkesbury River Interchange on Thursday 11 April

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out essential maintenance work on the rest areas and ramps at the Hawkesbury River Interchange.

Work includes resurfacing the southbound rest area and ramps to ensure the rest area is kept in optimal condition.

To ensure the safety of motorists and workers, the rest area and ramps will be closed at night while the work is being carried out.

Traffic changes

Southbound rest area and ramps

  • An additional closure is required on the southbound rest area and ramps on Thursday 11 April between 9pm and 5am
  • A detour will be in place for southbound motorists wanting to exit the M1 Pacific Motorway at Hawkesbury River via the Old Pacific Highway, as shown in the included map
  • The detour is expected to add around four kilometres to the journey, which is about six minutes travel time
  • While the work is expected to be completed in one shift, closures may also be required on Monday 15 April for wet weather contingency.

During the rest area closures, heavy vehicles may consider stopping at the service centres at Warnervale, or the heavy vehicle truck stop facility at Berowra Interchange.

Electronic message signs will be in place to give advance notice of changed traffic conditions and help motorists plan their journeys. The detour route will be clearly signposted during the closure.

No work will be carried out on the detour route during the closure to help minimise further impacts to journey times.

Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.


If you have any questions, to discuss concerns and for more information, please contact our Project Manager, Colin Goodger, during business hours on 02 4352 5403 or email colin.goodger@rms.nsw.gov.au

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