ARTSA and NBTA are again combining to hold a meeting at the Brisbane Truck Show on the opening day, Thursday 14th May from 3pm to 5.30pm with drinks to follow. The meeting is located on the Plaza level of the Truck Show venue in room P11.
This is always a popular meeting and you have to book to attend. There is no charge for members.
The meeting features:
CEO’s of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the National Transport Commission explaining their programs and also discussing issues including heavy vehicle inspection manual, accreditation schemes, recognition of professional modifiers, Codes of Practice, PBS tyres, replacement parts and more. They will also take questions from the audience
ARTSA issues: Braking advisory work, Technical and Maintenance Conference, Safety Conference outcomes, Vehicle registration data
NBTA issues: Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, Roll Stability progress, Emergency Response training for Melbourne, Sandown Bulk Tanker Day, AS2809 issues
With an impressive speaker list including the Global Director of Safety for Volvo trucks as well as leaders from industry and the regulatory sector, this two day summit aims to distill the top 10 safety initiatives that will make a difference in improving heavy vehicle safety.
Our lead sponsor is BP, with session sponsors Volvo, Knorr Bremse, Hella, VicRoads, ARRB Group and NRMA.
Key topics to be covered include safety statics, the current safety agenda in Australia, case studies, workshopping of opportunities and a final safety communique. The Summit dinner will be held at the historic Queens Hall at the State Library of Victoria.
The quarterly data summary of Australian heavy vehicle registrations has been posted to the ARTSA website at http://www.artsa.com.au/store
The free download provides a summary of the quarterly changes in heavy vehicle registrations in Australia. The table below summarises these changes for the 12 months to mid January 2015.
Change over 12 months to January 2015
Rigid vehicles (>12 tonnes GVM)
Special Purpose Vehicles
Prime movers were the stand out for 2014 with a 5.8% increase in new registrations followed by trailers at 5%. Once retirements are accounted for, trailers added a net 3.5% to their total of 234,259 registered trailers at mid January 2015.
There is a large difference in the retirement rates during 2014 with trailers having a low retirement rate of 1.5% compared with prime movers at 3.8%.
From the March quarter, ARTSA will be able to make quarter by quarter comparisons with the preceding year to see if seasonality is playing a part in order and retirement patterns.
These statics will be discussed at the upcoming ARTSA meeting on the 25th February being held at ARRB Group. Details of that meeting are at www.artsa.com.au
ARTSA media contact: Rob Perkins, Executive Officer, tel 0411 402 832, email email@example.com
Venue: Lifesaving Victoria, 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne
This is our customary pre-Christmas meeting with a review of issues and the release of the program for 2015
We will have guest speakers on a range of topics including truck and dog proposed changes, heavy vehicle research, review of the recent heavy vehicle international conference in South America, PBS tyres, industry statistics, brake code developments and much more.
The lunch is our traditional long table Christmas affair and commences at 12 noon
To attend the meeting and the luncheon you must let Rob Perkins know on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate your ability (or not) to stay for lunch, to assist with catering numbers. Attendance at the meeting and the luncheon is free for ARTSA members and their guests.
With the announcement by the NSW Government that all tank trailers will require roll stability function within a five year period (see link Media release ), ARTSA has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document to answer many of the detailed questions that sit behind this decision.
These FAQ’s were developed in close co-operation with EPA NSW to assist operators to better understand the technical aspects to do with retrofitting their equipment.
The ARTSA training courses on truck and trailer engineering as well as a separate course on certification and homologation are being held at Lifesaving Victoria in Port Melbourne from the 1st to the 3rd October.
Truck and trailer engineering
1st and 2nd October
This course describes in practical terms, the basic engineering principles and characteristics of heavy vehicles and their components. It covers:
Truck and trailer fire causation
Vehicle dynamics and PBS assessments
Tyres and drag
Vehicle braking and stability
Wear and failure modes of metal and bearings
Engine performance and technologies
Vehicle stability control
Tyres, axles, ride, alignment and steering
Certification and Homologation training
This course describes in detail the certification requirements for heavy vehicles covering:
Modification for heavy vehicles
Vehicle certification responsibilities
Road vehicle certification system
Certification of heavy trailers, ADR compliance and modifications as well as special purpose vehicle approvals
Both of these courses are popular and suit people with a professional interest in heavy truck and trailer safety and mechanical performance. Whilst the courses have a strong engineering flavour they are not only for engineers. They present accurate information at a level that will be readily understood by inspectors, insurance assessors, fleet managers and workshop managers.
Course notes will be provided as part of the registration fee.