Driven to a deadly distraction

Driven to a deadly distraction

The advent of modern communications technology such as, obviously, the mobile phone, has created a new, yet poorly understood and under-researched, form of driver distraction. Australian road authorities are calling for research and are updating their road rules.

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Striking longshoremen cause chaos at Australian box terminals

Striking longshoremen cause chaos at Australian box terminals

Rolling strikes by workers at the Hutchison Ports Australia box terminals in Sydney and Brisbane started at 6:00 a.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time) yesterday January 17 and are causing logistics chaos.

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Bugs stink-up Australia’s maritime and landside supply chains

Bugs stink-up Australia’s maritime and landside supply chains

Infestations of the brown marmorated stink bug found on ships en-route to Australia are causing havoc with local supply chains. Bugs are breeding, ships are re-routing, trucks are idling and supply chains are collapsing.

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Feds beef-up Australia’s livestock transit routes

Feds beef-up Australia’s livestock transit routes

Australian livestock haulers will greatly benefit from a programme of livestock-haulage related road upgrades in Northern Australia. Road investment decisions have been informed a massive transport research and simulation project by the national scientific research agency.

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Safely down: new Australian software for descending steep hills

Safely down: new Australian software for descending steep hills

Downhill driving presents particular safety risks to truck driving. Australian law requires truckers to shift to a lower gear and not use the primary brake for the descent. National telematics body Transport Certification Australia has launched a new app that records the details of the descent for the purposes of improving safety and creating an audit trail. (Photo: Shutterstock).

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2018 sees record sales of trucks and vans in Australia

2018 sees record sales of trucks and vans in Australia

New truck sales figures broke records in Australia last year but, what goes up must come down. Expert analysts are worried that 2018 may have been a peak and that a decline in new sales is on the way. The Truck Industry Council reveals which brands of trucks sold best in Australia last year in each of the heavy duty, medium duty and light duty trucks along with the light duty vans. (Photo: Mitsubishi-Fuso).

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Bad weather may hamper trucking in northern Queensland

Bad weather may hamper trucking in northern Queensland

Coming back for more: unsatisfied with having drenched the very far northern tip of Australia, ex-Tropical Cyclone Penny has done a U-Turn in the Coral Sea and is heading back to Queensland. Trucking operations are likely to be hampered by rain, strong winds and local flooding. (Graphic: Bureau of Meteorology and MetEye).

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Changing of the Guard: Austroads acquires Transport Certification Australia

Changing of the Guard: Austroads acquires Transport Certification Australia

Although it’s early in 2019, there has already been a major restructure of Australia’s byzantine freight-related governmental advisory sector. Ownership of Transport Certification Australia has now transferred - by order of one of the nation’s top transport decision-making bodies - to Austroads.

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Fatal: Australian trucking’s annual death-toll

Fatal: Australian trucking’s annual death-toll

Australian trucking continues to prove fatally dangerous to drivers with a death rate in Australian road transport nearly six times greater than the national industrial average.

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Destitute trucking company Redstar Transport collapses days before Christmas

Destitute trucking company Redstar Transport collapses days before Christmas

Redstar Transport, a large long-distance and heavy-freight trucking business, collapsed in Australia after running out of cash just days before Christmas. Hundreds of people have been thrown out of work. Cargo has been returned to the depot. And the liquidation of Redstar may have wider consequences than is first apparent.

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Punishments increase for asbestos offences in New South Wales

Punishments increase for asbestos offences in New South Wales

After a series of high-profile scandals involving the dumping of asbestos-containing waste on Sydney streets, the local authorities have welcomed a series of guilty pleas and court-imposed jail time on offenders. Meanwhile, the authorities have increased the value of fines and lengthened jail sentences for transport-related asbestos crimes.

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