NTC appoints new chief executive officer

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has announced the appointment of Dr Gillian Miles as its new chief executive officer  and commissioner.
Dr Miles, a former Victorian government senior executive, will commence in the role next week following an extensive recruitment process.
NTC chairwoman Carolyn Walsh said the appointment of Dr Miles has come at an important time with the NTC undertaking a number of significant reforms in land transport.
“Innovation, change management and a strategic mindset were front of mind for this appointment, particularly as the NTC continues to make major progress on several landmark transport reforms, including the regulation of automated vehicles and a review of the heavy vehicle national law.
“I’m confident that Gillian’s wealth of knowledge and experience is well suited to leading the NTC through a period of significant change across the land transport sector,” Ms Walsh said.
Ms Walsh also acknowledged the contribution of acting CEO Dr Geoff Allan following the departure of former CEO and commissioner Paul Retter AM in late 2018.
Dr Miles comes to the NTC with a long history of related senior appointments, including:

  • Head of Transport for Victoria, 2015–2018.
  • Chief executive officer, City of Greater Geelong, 2014–2015.
  • Head of strategy & performance, Transport Accident Commission, 2013–2014.
  • Deputy Secretary, Transport, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, 2009–2013.
  • Deputy Secretary, Community Development, Department of Planning and Community Development, 2007–2009.
  • Executive Director Regional Services, VicRoads, 2002–2007.
  • Board member Roads Australia.

Better truck safety through industry cooperation: ALC

Improving safety outcomes across the supply chain is a core objective for the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), according to Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff.
“ALC strongly supports the changes to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) provisions under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) due to commence operation in mid-2018, requiring all supply-chain participants to take greater responsibility for safety and heavy vehicle maintenance, and ensure they have systems in place to effectively manage safety risks,” said Kilgariff.
“It is equally imperative that all parties in the supply chain understand and act upon their safety obligations. That is why ALC and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) are developing a Master Code for heavy vehicle safety, capable of becoming a registered industry code of practice under the HVNL.
“ALC has also long-supported the mandatory use of telematics and tools such as Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) to enhance safety. In our view, the review of regulatory telematics being undertaken by the National Transport Commission (NTC) must actively consider the benefits of using telematics to improve multiple aspects of heavy vehicle safety.
“We have similarly called on the Federal Government to introduce a national operator licensing system to make certain the nation’s heavy vehicle fleet is operated by competent professionals who understand their safety obligations,” he said.

ALC announces 2018 Forum speakers

Anthony Albanese, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, is among a number of prominent individuals who will speak at the Australian Logistics Council’s (ALC) national freight and supply chain event, ALC Forum 2018.
Following the successful 2017 event, which was held in the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in 2018,  the Forum returns to Sydney’s Royal Randwick, taking place 6-8 March.
Other speakers for ALC Forum 2018 include:
• Brendan Bourke, CEO, Port of Melbourne;
• Chris Bresnahan, Operations Director – E-commerce Delivery, Australia Post;
• Royce Christie, General Manager – Government Relations, Toll Group;
• Paul Graham, Supply Chain – Chief Supply Chain Officer, Woolworths Group;
• Maurice James, Managing Director, Qube Holdings;
• Anthony Jones, CEO, LINX Cargo Care Group;
• Sal Petroccitto, CEO, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator;
• Melinda Pavey, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight (New South Wales);
• Paul Retter, CEO and Commissioner, National Transport Commission; and,
• Richard Sellers, Director General, Department of Transport (Western Australia).
The ALC said that ALC Forum 2018 will progress the issues put forward by ALC members in the final submission, focusing on the freight logistics industry’s priorities and expectations for the types of infrastructure investment and policy reform required to enhance national supply chain efficiency and safety.

Truckers fight for safe rates with 275 pairs of shoes

Transport workers are delivering a stark warning on safety with a truck loaded with 275 pairs of shoes.

The Drive for Safe Rates campaign, organised by the ITF-affiliated Transport Workers’ Union (TWU), left Queensland and is travelling through New South Wales and Victoria before ending its journey in Adelaide.

On board the truck are 275 pairs of shoes, which represent the lives lost in heavy vehicle incidents in the 12 months to March 2008.

Last year the number of truck-related road deaths increased by about five per cent, while wages across the industry were pulled down by six per cent.

The TWU argues the high fatality rate was the result of the unfair wages and unreasonable deadlines imposed on the truck drivers by major retailers, forcing them to drive faster.

It says the National Transport Commission has committed to investigate the current remuneration system for truckers and make recommendations for reform.

Welcoming the move, TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon said: “Drivers are crying out for a national system that gives drivers the ability to obtain a safe rate of pay and seek full cost recovery from the powerful transport clients like the major retailers to get relief from rising costs of living, rising costs of maintaining a safe truck and fuel spikes.”

Ministers support training package for new fatigue laws

The Australian Transport Council (ATC) has unanimously endorsed a training package to support heavy vehicle driver fatigue accreditation.
New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia are working toward implementing the national Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue reform on 29 September 2008.
Drivers and schedulers working under the new Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) or Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) schemes must now demonstrate that they are competent at managing fatigue risks. Drivers working under Standard Hours will not be impacted.
“It’s basically a step-up from the existing Transitional Fatigue Management Scheme (TFMS) training requirements”, said National Transport Commission (NTC) chief executive Nick Dimopoulos.
“Drivers will have their existing training and skills recognised, so many will only need to complete a ‘top-up’ course.”
Drivers currently accredited in the TFMS scheme can operate under BFM hours until 30 April 2009. This provides more time to complete the training.
A Statement of Attainment in the following competencies can be obtained from Registered Training Organisations (RTO):
·          TLIF1007C Apply fatigue management strategies (for drivers)
·          TKIF6307A Administer the implementation of fatigue management strategies (for schedulers)
More information on training, including a list of RTOs offering competency units, has been published on the NTC website.
NTC has developed an extensive national communications package to assist transport operators, drivers and other parties in the supply chain. An Implementation Kit includes bulletins, fatigue and napping guidelines, self-assessment tools, presentations and promotional material.
“Commencement of the new laws is less than six months away. I’d encourage everyone in the supply chain to understand how the new laws impact on your business and what you need to do, such as training drivers and schedulers,” Mr Dimopoulos added.
Content on the NTC website is free and available for download in the Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue reform section (www.ntc.gov.au).
Check road agency websites for the latest information on reform implementation in your State or Territory.
Ministers also approved the BFM and AFM Standards, Assessor and Enforcement Officer Guidelines, minor amendments to the model legislation and a new national Work Diary.
Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) Standards
Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) Standards
Assessor Guidelines

Truck tax reform should be passed: ARA

The rail industry is set to pressure the Australian Parliament to pass the much-debated heavy vehicle charges reform bill, in a bid to redirect freight from road to rail.

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has called on its members to make submissions to the senate inquiry into interstate road transport charges by November 10.

The reform proposes to lift road charges for trucks to 21 cents per litre of diesel from 1 January 2009. The bill was introduced into parliament in September, and is now before the senate committee for report by November 21.

The trucking industry, along with the Opposition, attacked the scheme, saying the automatic indexation scheme was “a tax by stealth” and it should include provisions for 500 extra rest stop areas on the national road network.

The ARA argued the bill should be passed as it would ensure proper transport pricing for effective infrastructure use and transport system optimisation.

It said currently trucks underpaid an estimated $168 million per annum and the cost of road damage was paid by taxpayers.

“Continued undercharging of road transport attracts freight to road resulting in more trucks on major highways and less freight on safer and more environmentally efficient rail transport,” the ARA said.

“Undercharging means that everyone pays more through other taxation.”

It added the Productivity Commission’s independently audit found the proposed charges were ‘conservative’ compared to international practice.

The ARA said it also favoured mass-distance location charging as part of future reform, as recommended by the Productivity Commission, the National Transport Commission and the Australian Transport Council.

Submissions can be made at www.railmates.com.au

National Transport Commission CEO Nick Dimopoulos told the Roads Summit that he intends to effectively make this conference redundant by next year.

“A Roads Summit typifies the old modal, project-based, corridor-focused, fragmented, blame-shifting mind-set of the past,” he told delegates.

“Small ad-hoc road funding decisions don’t add up to smart transport infrastructure investment. And ad hoc regulations, pricing and planning decisions don’t add up to smart use of transport infrastructure we’ve already got.

“It’s time for governments, industry and conference organisers to shift their thinking on transport,” he said.

Mr Dimopoulos told about a brave new world, where “trains, trucks, trams, buses, cars, ships and planes all fit into the big picture.

“Our road, rail, air and sea transport systems must be planned and operated as an integrated network to meet the needs of its users.

The national transport plan, ‘New beginning for transport’, developed by the NTC on the request of federal minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, is “a plan for significant and decisive action to keep this nation moving.

“Last week, Australia’s Transport Ministers enthusiastically agreed to support a national approach to transport policy. Ministers will chart this new course by leading a number of working groups, which will report back to the next council meeting in May,” he said.

The following reform hotspots will be addressed by ministers:

• Economic Framework for Efficient Transportation Marketplace (NSW)

• Infrastructure Planning and Investment (VIC)

• Capacity Constraints and Supply Chain Performance (SA)

• Urban Congestion (VIC)

• Climate Change, Environment and Energy (WA)

• Safety and Security (QLD)

• Strategic Research and Technology (TAS)

• Workforce Planning and Skills (NT)

• Social Inclusion (ACT)

• Governance (Commonwealth)

Read the entire speech.

Download “A New Beginning: National Transport Policy Framework”.

A new beginning for transport: National Road Safety Council

Australia’s transport ministers will meet on July 25, 2008, with a view to taking the first stage of the new transport policy framework to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in October 2008.

The agenda will include a proposal for a National Road Safety Council to drive national implementation of best practice road safety reform.

National Road Safety Council

On average, more than four people a day are killed on Australian roads. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics estimate the cost of road fatalities and injuries at $17 billion a year.

In 2000, Australia’s transport ministers targeted a 40% reduction in the rate of road deaths over 10 years.

National Transport Commission (NTC) CEO Nick Dimopoulos said while considerable progress has been made, continued road safety gains are increasingly difficult to achieve.

”A new approach is needed to identify, share and implement proven safety initiatives, which we know will save lives and reduce injuries,” he said.

The National Road Safety Council will draw on road safety expertise from within governments, industry and academia to advise Ministers on road safety and to drive implementation of “best practice” road safety measures.

Mr Dimopoulos said NTC has already agreed to implement “best practice” speed management initiatives nationally. By sharing information on what works best, governments can reduce injuries and save more lives.

"The National Road Safety Council will further extend this road safety “best practice” approach to ensure all Australians benefit from the same high standards, wherever they live," he said.

The Safety & Security Working Group, led by Queensland, is working with all governments to develop the proposal for a National Road Safety Council. This collaborative approach to road safety will involve government, industry and the community.

For more information, see National Transport Plan and Policy Framework presented to ministers on 29 February 2008.  

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