ARTSA News 2015

ARTSA releases latest heavy vehicle registration data

The quarterly data summary of Australian heavy vehicle registrations has been posted to the ARTSA website at

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

New Retired Net Total registered
% % % Jan-15
Trailers 5.0 1.5 3.5 234259
Prime movers 5.8 3.8 2.1 100627
Rigid vehicles (>12 tonnes GVM) 3.8 1.9 1.9 176337
Special Purpose Vehicles 4.7 2.6 2.1 51702
Buses 4.9 3.2 1.7 26672
Total 4.8 2.2 2.6 589597

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

ARTSA media contact: Rob Perkins, Executive Officer, tel 0411 402 832, email


ARTSA General Meeting and AGM

8.30am - 1pm, Wednesday 25th February
ARRB Group, 500 Burwood Highway, Vermont South

We have invited NTC, NHVR and the Department of Transport to outline their agendas for 2015 and the years ahead.

We all have a lot of agendas that we are following.

It is time to see what alignment and agreement we can achieve during 2015 and to discuss our priorities and goals for the year.

ARRB Group will also provide technical presentations.

We will also update the meeting on a range of issues including:

  • Braking advisory
  • Heavy Vehicle roadworthiness RIS
  • Blue plates
  • International Heavy Vehicle Road Safety Summit
  • PBS progress

There is a great sandwich lunch at 1pm
Book in now with Rob at and put it in your diary


ARTSA releases September quarter heavy vehicle statistics

The latest September quarter registration data for heavy vehicles is now available for free download

The data shows a slight slow downin new registrations across trucks and trailers compared with the June quarter figures. Some key points are:

  • Total heavy truck registered numbers have just exceeded 100,000
  • Trailer registrations for 2013 and 2012 are at or above the previous historic highs of 2008
  • Prime mover and rigid truck registrations are still well down on the previous historic highs of 2007

ARTSA will review this data in its up coming meeting on the 27th November.


Next ARTSA Meeting - Thursday 27th November at Lifesaving Victoria

Our final meeting for 2014 will be held at:

Time: 8.30am - 12 noon with lunch 12 noon - 1.30pm

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 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.


ARTSA releases roll stability FAQ in response to the NSW Government announcement

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 FAQ document is available in the ARTSA library: Industry advisory: fitting of roll stability function on dangerous goods trailers


ARTSA launches latest round of training

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:

  1. Forensic inspection
  2. Truck and trailer fire causation
  3. Vehicle dynamics and PBS assessments
  4. Tyres and drag
  5. Vehicle crashes
  6. Vehicle braking and stability
  7. Wear and failure modes of metal and bearings
  8. Engine performance and technologies
  9. Vehicle stability control
  10. Mechanical couplings
  11. Tyres, axles, ride, alignment and steering

Certification and Homologation training

3rd October

This course describes in detail the certification requirements for heavy vehicles covering:

  1. Modification for heavy vehicles
  2. Vehicle certification responsibilities
  3. Road vehicle certification system
  4. 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.

For more details and on-line registration go to


Next ARTSA Meeting - Friday 15th August at ACE, Docklands

When: 8am for an egg and bacon roll breakfast, followed by the meeting from 8.30am to 12 noon with a light sandwich lunch to follow

Where: ACE, Docklands

Parking: The cheapest is the Casino for around $8 and a 10 minute walk past Jeff’s shed and over the footbridge. There are plenty of other higher priced options!


The agenda will cover:

  • Release of the ARTSA trailer directory: covering the entire list of manufacturers, their details and trailer approvals
  • Release of the “free to air” ARTSA trailer, truck and bus statistics, and more detailed reports that will be available for purchase
  • The NTC/NHVR maintenance review progress report
  • ARTSA’s braking code of practice: the four parts of the draft report will be reviewed
  • PBS tyres: the test performance report procedure will be tabled
  • TMC14: a review of the program

To attend, email


ARTSA meetings on 22nd May

We have two important meetings back to back on the 22nd May:

Quarterly meeting

8.30am - 12 noon, Thursday 22nd May

Venue: National Transport Commission, Level 15, 628 Bourke St Melbourne

The meeting will focus on maintenance related issues including:

  • Reports on the NTC and NHVR maintenance projects
  • Update on RMS activities in NSW and the recent ARTSA/NBTA meeting held with inspection personnel
  • TMC14 “safety critical maintenance and compliance” program
  • ESC program in NSW
  • PBS tyre progress
  • Blue plate status
  • TLG, SVSEG and other technical meeting reports
  • Other ARTSA updates around statistics and upcoming events

The NTC have also been invited to provide an overview of their relevant projects and to debate additional topics that ARTSA considers worthy of their attention

A light lunch will be served at noon giving attendees a chance to network with fellow members and NTC staff

This is an important meeting and you need to register with to attend

Note: this meeting is a replacement for the scheduled meeting on the 15th May

PBS tyre proposal

1.30pm - 4pm, Thursday 22nd May
Venue: Victorian Transport Association, Wirraway Drive, Fishermans Bend

ARTSA in conjunction with the NHVR PBS office has developed a PBS tyre proposal. It recommends a process for achieving approval for a wider range of tyres for use on PBS vehicles. In order to achieve this outcome there are a number of assumptions around the standards to be adopted and the test regime that need ot be discussed and agreed. This meeting is open to all comers who have an interest in tyres. It is hosted by ARTSA on behalf of industry and intends making a recommendation to the NHVR on the process to adopt.

To obtain a copy of the draft proposal and to attend the meeting, please contact Rob Perkins on or 0411 402 832


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