A national fund of at least $1 billion is needed to improve the standard of Australia’s distressed rural roads, livestock transporters have told a Federal committee developing a roadmap for Australia’s future transport needs.
A surge in cattle transport activity on Queensland’s rural highways has been visible in recent weeks as producers move to destock cattle cattle feedlots and take advantage of a recent increase in live export orders to Indonesia.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporter’s Association (ALRTA) has supported calls for the mandatory introduction of electronic stability control (ESC) for heavy trucks and roll stability control (RSC) for heavy trailers.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has welcomed an announcement that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has commenced formal consultation on a proposed national work and rest exemption to allow limited personal use of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle.
A pioneering driver training program implemented by Dean Clarke at Tamworth’s Hopkins Transport has been recognised with the 2017 National Heavy Vehicle Regulator – Australian Livestock and Rural Transporter’s Association Safety Innovation Award.
An innovative automated cattle handling frame that enables drivers to safely unload cattle at M.C. Herd’s Geelong processing plant has won the Livestock & Rural Transporters Association of Victoria (LRTAV)’s safety award.
The feasibility of establishing a “user pays” system to fund the installation and use of safer livestock loading and unloading infrastructure at high density livestock facilities like saleyards and abattoirs, will be investigated in a new federally funded trial.
Moves to establish a network of strategically placed stock truck effluent dumps around Australia and other effluent management strategies, both on-and off-farm, are set to grow following a recent livestock transporters tour of New Zealand.
A Western Australian trucking company has had positive results trialling thermal cameras to help reduce animal strikes on country roads.
While the concept of Electronic Stability Control technology sounds great in theory for trucks travelling on the modern highway networks of the Eastern seaboard, how will it work in remote Australia on rough unsealed roads and long-distances from workshops?