ALRTA Heads to Brisbane, Tri-Axle Mass Transfer Allowance, New Work Diary, NTI Wins Award
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ALRTA Weekly News - 5 September 2014
Representing hard-working, rural based road transport companies from all around Australia.

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ALRTA Weekly News is prepared by Mathew Munro, Executive Director



Image ALRTA meet NTI
ALRTA Meets with Mike Edmonds, NTI

This week the ALRTA headed to Brisbane to speak with two of our national sponsors and some important government decision makers.  The members of our delegation were:
  • Grant Robins – ALRTA National President;
  • Graeme Hoare – ALRTA Vice President; and
  • David Scott – LRTAQ President
National Sponsors
First off we met with Simon Cook (Regional Sales Manager [East Coast], Commercial Fuels, BP Australia).  Our relationship with BP remains strong and we discussed ways of enhancing the value we deliver to a members and BP customers as the energy supplier restructures and incorporates the Reliance distribution network.  BP are also very interested in policy issues such as future charging mechanisms, on road safety and maintaining clean fuel storage and burning systems.  In the near future we will provide members with more information on the fuel cleanliness issue and what this means for your fuel efficiency.
Next we caught up with NTI’s Mike Edmonds (General Manager – Sales and Distribution) and Robert Waas (Accident Assist Manager).  We congratulated NTI on winning categories for the second year in a row at the 2014 Australian Insurance Industry Awards (see next article). Well-deserved winners we say! We are very keen to progress the establishment of a specialist accident response hotline and coordination service which will be known as ‘LivestockASSIST’ and will be available to all livestock transporters – not just our members and NTI customers.  Watch this space for further developments.
We met with the team at Beaurepaires during August and will head to Melbourne to meet face-to-face with PACCAR and Cummins before the end of the year. 
Government Regulators
IMAGE ALRTA Meets QLD Transport and Main Roads 
ALRTA Meets QLD Transport and Main Roads

We were very pleased to have to an opportunity to meet with a large group of officials from the Queensland Department of Main Roads (TMR), headed up by Graeme Fraine, Deputy Director-General, Customer Services, Safety and Regulation.  There is an interesting new dynamic in the way that industry interacts with state transport authorities – we are now both stakeholders in the recently established National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and share many issues of mutual concern such as proposed changes to chain or responsibility laws, the future of permit arrangements and on-road enforcement procedures.
I was very interested to note that TMR are entirely comfortable with the NTC proposal to dramatically reduce the number of offences for which executive officers can be prosecuted chain of responsibility.  While the ALRTA would prefer to consider a ‘package’ of changes before we commit to any one change it is somewhat heartening to hear that an enforcement authority believes that the proposal will not materially impact on their capacity to pursue executive officers. There are however some strong political leanings in Queensland on this particular matter and so we will need to consult with other enforcement agencies around the country to make sure we are hearing all views.  There are of course also some specific state-based initiatives being pushed by LRTAQ such as improving interactive route mapping tools and looking into providing new cross-loading infrastructure at key breakdown pads.
Lastly, we met with the CEO of the NHVR, Sal Petroccitto, and Director of Business Development and Special Projects, Tanya McDonald.   There are many important issues under consideration at the moment relating to vehicle roadworthiness, national registration scheme, PBS, permitting arrangements and consultative mechanisms, but perhaps the two of highest priorities for the ALRTA at present are the proposed Livestock and Rural Transporters Fatigue Management Scheme (LRTFM) and enforcement of chain of responsibility for effluent spills. 
We understand that more than 40 operators have applied to be part of the LRTFM ‘fortnightly cycle’ which looks set to commence later this year.  We will be looking closely at the proposed operating template over the next few weeks and if all goes well we hope to endorse a system at our National Council meeting in October.
The ALRTA and LBCA have been highly vocal recently about the need to use chain of responsibility to help prevent effluent spills.  Operators have no control the preparation of livestock before transport yet we wear the fines when there is an on-road spillage – this is a clear chain of responsibility issue if ever there was one.  We have now discussed the matter with NFF, Cattle Council of Australia, Department of Agriculture, NTC, RMS (NSW), TMR (QLD) and the NHVR.  All parties appear to accept that the legal framework and responsibilities are clear – now we need action and this can only be initiated by enforcement officers. To compliment improved enforcement outcomes, we are also investigating how best to establish a network of effluent disposal sites as has already been achieved in Waikato, New Zealand.  We received a fair hearing this week and we will keep pushing for concrete action to follow.



NTI is proud to have been named Small/Medium General Insurance Company of the Year and Claims Service Provider of the Year for the second year in a row at the 2014 Australian Insurance Industry Awards.
The Awards, hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, acknowledge the highest industry standards of excellence and professionalism.
The winners were announced at the Insurance Industry Awards Gala in Sydney on Wednesday 20 August.
For over 40 years, NTI has been Australia’s leading heavy motor insurance specialist. The company’s products and services have been designed specifically to meet the unique needs of Australian transport operators.


The 1-tonne tri-axle mass transfer allowance policy is currently scheduled to commence on 29 September 2014. This will allow an increased mass over a tri-axle group so that it may be loaded by up to 1t above the standing tri-axle group 20t General Mass Limit (GML). This does not permit any increase to the vehicles maximum total mass; but grants more flexibility in how that mass may be distributed across axle groups.
This is an outcome for which the ALRTA pushed strongly over the past 12 months and it is great to see it finally come to fruition.  Further details and an information sheet will be released by NHVR later this month.


Members are reminded that drivers in QLD, NSW, VIC & SA should now be using the new National Driver Work Diary. There was a 6 month change-over period from 10 February 2014 which expired last month.  So if you see anyone with an old diary please remind them they need to get hold of a new one immediately. 

President – Grant Robbins (LRTAWA) 
Immediate Past President – Liz Schmidt (LRTAQ)
Vice President – Kevin Keenan (LRTAV) 
Vice President – Graeme Hoare (LBCA)
Treasurer – Ron Pattel (LRTAQ)  
Secretary – John Beer (LRTAV)
ATA Rep – David Smith (LRTASA)
TruckCare Chair – Kevin Fechner (LRTAV)
Executive Director - Mathew Munro

Council Members can be contacted via the Secretariat on 02 6247 5434 or email 

The ATA Council meets in Canberra during TruckWeek 1-7 September.  Look out for an update in our next edition. 

The ALRTA and LBCA will be changing our business software platforms next week.  While we know that this will enhance our capacity to progress association business over the long term, there is a chance that complications may arise during the IT implementation and we ask for your patience and understanding as we bed down the system.  If you do not get a response to electronic communications or notice something unusual please pick up the phone and let us know so we can sort it out asap. 
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