ARTSA Chairman's message for 2017

ARTSA’s domain is suppliers of hardware and services to the Australian Road Transport Industry. In 2017 ARTSA will build upon its track record to deliver significant benefits to its members. Our current core activities are:
- Promoting and advocating functional and sensible regulatory change: ARTSA is perusing important change proposal for brake rules ADR 35 & 38
- Sharing knowledge and skills in our industry: ARTSA will again run training in 2017. The first training sessions will be in February
- Advocating the use and benefit of quality components and their identification: ARTSA is pursuing a recognition system for replacement parts that will allow ethical suppliers to declare compliance with standards and procedures
- Promote the correct maintenance of vehicles and components through best practice: ARTSA will again co-host the Technical and Maintenance conference in 2017
- Keep members informed about important developments within our industry: Our March Modifications and Innovation conference will allow delegates to consider the proposed amendments to Vehicles Standard Bulletin No 6 and to provide feedback directly to the NHVR
- Assist in the provision of useful market information to members through ARTSA Data: ARTSA Data’s quarterly review of registration data for all heavy vehicle registration categories is informing the market of trends. We have recently renegotiated our agreement with NEVDIS and increased the scope of information that is provided
- Encourage networking and the development of personal and corporate contacts: ARTSA’s four quarterly meetings and technical working groups provide the basis for networking within ARTSA
- Identify and seek access to research and development funding: ARTSA will again work association with Monash University on a project of interest to members

In a crowded association space the ARTSA Executive is acutely aware that ARTSA must do useful things. In 2017 we will continue to co-operate with the ATA (ITC) and the CVIAA and CVIAV and build our relationships with these important industry associations. This co-operation will result in a range of joint activities in 2017.

Peter Hart
Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association
January 2017


ARTSA Training - 2nd to 4th November

ARTSA Truck and Trailer Engineering and Certification training is back

November 2 to 4

Lifesaving Victoria, Port Melbourne

  • Two days of Truck and Trailer Engineering
  • A third day on Certification

You can attend, one, two or all three days

Full details are found here and you can book by emailing


ARTSA awards Life Membership to individuals who have helped shape the industry

Media Release

The Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) staged its inaugural Life Members Dinner in Melbourne on the 8th September and inducted 13 individuals who have made a significant contribution to the road transport sector in Australia.

Held at the Old Melbourne Gaol the event celebrated those who have either made an outstanding contribution to ARTSA, been a significant supporter of ARTSA’s purpose and advocacy or been a game changer through their significant contribution to the road transport industry.

According to the Chairman of the Life Membership Committee and Deputy Chair of ARTSA, Martin Toomey, “we wanted to celebrate the contribution that these individuals have made and to thank them with Life Membership of the ARTSA. Life members are welcome at any of our events and meetings and to also contribute to the technical agenda that is part of the ARTSA. We look forward to their ongoing contribution to our industry”

Life membership was awarded to:

  • David Anderson, Chairman NTC and Chairman PBS Review Committee
  • Geoff Bartlett, Bartlett Transport Equipment
  • Les Bruzsa, Chief Engineer, NHVR
  • Barry Hendry, retired
  • Ross McArthur, Ross McArthur Consulting
  • Barry Moore, One Moore Consulting
  • Bob Pearson, Principal, PRTC
  • Brian Thomas, Air Brake Corporation
  • Gerard Waldron, CEO, ARRB Group
  • Colin White, Whitehouse CV
  • Ian Wright, Ian Wright and Associates

Two additional awards were made to the current Chairman of ARTSA, Dr Peter Hart and its Executive Director Rob Perkins for long standing service to ARTSA.

Martin Toomey noted that two awards were held over for the next ARTSA meeting on the 24th November where Guy Maklan, long standing engineer for Detroit and David Jenkins formerly of Gough, Marshall Lethlean and Volvo will be inducted.

Photos from the Life Members Dinner can be viewed here.

For further information contact Rob Perkins, Executive Director, tel 0411 402 832,


ARTSA Data Day 2016

Media Release

ARTSA provides lead in heavy vehicle information

The Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) is leading Australia’s commercial road transport community into the age of Big Data by developing detailed reports on the heavy and medium duty commercial vehicle sector in Australia.

As part of the inaugural ARTSA Data Day held on the 8th September, ARTSA Chairman, Dr Peter Hart, announced the expansion of the Association’s registration data project, which began in 2014 with a focus on mapping the nation’s trailer industry.

Today, ARTSA is not only able to quantify the nation’s entire truck and trailer population, he said, but also paint a more detailed picture of the highly fragmented component market – including the amount of axles, brakes and tyres currently in use around the country.

According to Dr Hart, ARTSA is now able to break down each industry segment by make, State or even country of origin, and also put a specific dollar value to it.

“The true size and scope of Australia’s truck and trailer market has long been the subject of intense debate,” he said.

“While the Truck Industry Council (TIC) has been publishing monthly truck sales data since 2008, there has been no comparable effort to unravel the mystery behind the nation’s total heavy and medium duty vehicle and component population.”

Dr Hart said the Association is now ready to bring the project to the next level and market what could be the most detailed set of data on Australian medium and heavy vehicles to ever be made available.

“We believe we have added an important building block to the data currently in circulation that will help businesses and governments make more informed decisions and bring Australian trucking closer to the level the US or Europe already operate on today,” Said Dr Hart.

To illustrate just how patchy information on Australia’s commercial road transport industry still is, ARTSA invited a suite of high-ranking industry representatives to Melbourne to share their – often frustrating – experiences collecting data on Australian road transport and give the audience an overview of the information that is currently in circulation.

“There is a surprising amount of information out there, but the industry’s efforts to date have been very insular and not well connected,” said Dr Hart. “The problem is that the different data sets that do exist are hard to access, often based on old information, and rarely focusing on the equipment used to get the job done.

“We are now adding a string to that bow by mapping out the actual fleet that is getting the job done every day – in combination with existing information, we believe it could make doing business in Australia that much more effective.”

As part of ARTSA’s Data Day, David Mitchell, Section Head for Infrastructure and Corridor Analysis at the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), indicated that a new project is underway to map freight movements in Australia with the help of GPS technology. In collaboration with the new ARTSA data, he said significant inroads could be made to truly understand Australian trucking.

Melissa O’Brien, Senior Policy Analyst at the National Transport Commission, was equally bullish about the new opportunities arising from the upgraded ARTSA project. She also pointed out the key issue in Australia may not be a lack of information, but more so access and administration.

“In producing our latest ‘Who Moves What Where’ report, we realised just how hard it was to pull everything together and paint a coherent picture of Australian trucking,” she said. “There is a lot of good stuff happening, but it would be certainly helpful to foster more co-operation and enable more efficient data-sharing. ARTSA’s initiative could be very valuable in that regard.”

New information circulated by ARTSA on the day focused on the size and value of the truck and trailer market – some 9,000 trailers and 5,000 heavy trucks were registered in the past Financial Year – as well age and origin of the equipment in use.

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) gave a comprehensive run down on data sources that can assist in describing the safety record for the heavy vehicle sector.

Les Bruzsa, Chief Engineer for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator provided detailed PBS statistics and was able to show by combining NHVR PBS data with the ARTSA data that PBS has captured over 90% of the 4 axle dog trailer sector. It is a stunning figure and shows the degree to which PBS is providing productivity benefits to the heavy vehicle sector.

In a surprising statistic, ARTSA consultant, Andrew Perkins, revealed that some 60 per cent of all new heavy trucks registered in Australia are meant for multi-combination use, even though the general truck population is geared toward single-trailer use – a sign of the “fundamental impact” productivity initiatives like the B-double or PBS have had on Australian transport of late.

Detailed information on the Australian transport equipment industry can be obtained from ARTSA either in pdf formatted Analytics Reports through to detiaed excel spreadsheets that include manufacturer information as well as a range of other variables.

Photos from ARTSA Data Day 2016

The presentations from the 2016 ARTSA Data Day are available here.

For further information on ARTSA Data contact Rob Perkins, Executive Director, tel 0411 402 832, or view the ARTSA Data brochure.


ARTSA comments on current heavy vehicle safety debate

The current RSRT debate risks overlooking the broad range of safety initiatives that are needed if we are to make Australia a world leader in road safety.

The transport industry needs to set an ambitious heavy vehicle road safety improvement target and measure our progress towards that outcome.

ARTSA has released this statement to highlight the broad range of opportunities that need to be considered when forming an inclusive road safety improvement strategy. Any one measure will not deliver the world class safety outcome that we should be aiming for in Australia.


ARTSA Program, Membership and Executive 2016

The ARTA Matters report for March includes the Executive Director’s Report for 2016.

It covers the program for the year across conferences, training, information services, ARTSA Parts, representation and the social program.

It is the most comprehensive program yet delivered by ARTSA and its Executive team.

It’s an exciting program and we look forward to your participation throughout the year.

Rob Perkins
Executive Diretor


ARTSA Meeting February 18

ARTSA’s kick off meeting and AGM – 18th February

8.30am – 12 noon, Thursday 18th February ARRB Group, 500 Burwood Highway, Vermont South

An important meeting to establish the 2016 agenda It includes:

Our AGM and elections

This year we seek nominations ahead of the meeting. Please download, complete and forward your ARTSA Executive nomination form to Rob Perkins by COB 17 February.

We are also proposing some amendments to our Articles of Association to make them consistent with our current operation including updating our objectives (cl 3), a life membership provision (cl 5) and inclusion of the Executive Director as part of the Executive team (cl 29). Please read the Articles of Association and suggested amendments and come prepared to discuss and vote on these draft changes.

Membership category changes are also proposed and these will be voted upon at the meeting.

Quarterly meeting

Our meeting immediately following the AGM will have presentations on a range of technical projects:
- Steer axle mass
- Auxiliary braking
- Brake Advisory
- ARRB’s trailer testing rig
- Driverless vehicle trials

There will also be items to do with projects in the near future:

  • Replacement parts – is there a way forward? (see invitation to workshop below)
  • ARTSA Heavy and Medium Duty Vehicle Statistics
  • ARTSA trailer directory – launch of 2016 edition
  • TMC16

There is a lot to discuss and share

As usual there is a sandwich lunch at 12 after the meetings conclusion

Confirm your attendance with Rob Perkins


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