ARTSA News 2014

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


ARTSA meetings on 6th and 7th March

We have some significant meetings next week to which you are invited:

Meeting with Roads and Maritime Services in Sydney to discuss tanker maintenance

6th March

The National Bulk Tanker Association is hosting a meeting wit Roads and Maritime Services in Sydney on Thursday 6th March at St George Rowing Club in Wooli Creek, near the airport. ARTSA members are invited.

The meeting will commence at 9.30am and RMS will make a number of presentations on their recent maintenance experience. EPA NSW will also present on the recent Competent Authorities Panel decision on ESC for tankers. RMS will depart at lunchtime.

After lunch, there will be a tanker inspection and we have invited a number of supplier members to conduct a walk through of maintenance procedures and experience with safety critical components. We will have a tanker on site for this part of the meeting. The meeting will close with a forum to discuss how ARTSA can assist in the maintenance area. It is expected to finish around 3.30pm.

For those interested in attending this meeting, please let me know on

There is no charge to attend

Follow up meetings from last weeks ARRB Group meeting

Friday 7th March at VTA, Wirraway Drive, Fishermans Bend, Melbourne

Last week we agreed at our meeting to hold a series of committee meetings to discuss some current issues. We will hold these meetings back to back on Friday 7th March as some people may wish to attend more than one. They are:

8.00am ARTSA VIN data project - discussion of data and possible analysis

10.00am ABS trailer brake rule - discussion of changes and implications and recommendations

12.30pm PBS tyres - review of the current draft and recommended changes for forwarding to NHVR and the PBS panel

Members who wish to attend need to let Rob Perkins know on


ARTSA Agenda 19th February

A final reminder for this Wednesday’s AGM and Quarterly meeting at ARRB Group in Melbourne. The agenda is full of relevant discussion and presentations including:

  • Modifications and Professional modifiers: draft code of practice proposal
  • PBS Tyres: ARTSA proposal and NHVR response
  • Vehicle roll over investigations and outcomes
  • Cabin vibration and driver comfort testing
  • ABS trailer brake rule changes and implications
  • Vehicle maintenance: NHVR program to review NHVAS
  • Heavy Vehicle Statistics Project: update.
  • ARTSA training and conferences: Forensic engineering, 27 and 28 February, and Global Truck & Trailer Leaders’ Summit, 1 & 2 April

The meeting will close around noon with a networking sandwich lunch. The content is highly relevant to members. We have several guests from the NHVR presenting as well as technical experts from ARRB Group

If you have not already registered let Rob Perkins know on

See you at 8.30am this Wednesday 19th February at ARRB Group, 500 Burwood Highway, South Vermont.


ARTSA meetings and activities for February to April

A few of the many ARTSA agenda items for 2014 for you to put in the diary now are:

ARTSA General Meeting and AGM

8.30am - noon, Wednesday 19th February
ARRB Group, 500 Burwood Highway, Vermont South

Our traditional start to the year at ARRB Group
Technical presentations across the ARTSA agenda
A sandwich lunch at noon
Great networking, great content
Book in now with Rob at

ARTSA Training - the re-scheduled “Forensic engineering course”

8am - 5pm, Thursday and Friday, 27th and 28th February
Lifesaving Victoria, 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne

This course was originally scheduled for last November. It is now re-scheduled to February 27 and 28 and Lifesaving Victoria.

Run over two days it is an 8 part course that is much more than “forensic” and covers:

  • Forensic inspection, truck and trailer fire causation
  • Vehicle dynamics, modelling and crash investigation
  • Vehicle braking and stability
  • Wear, failure modes and bearings
  • Tyres, axles, ride, alignment and steering
  • Modification to heavy vehicles
  • Advanced and emerging technologies for heavy vehicles

With 11 expert presenters, this is an immensely valuable course on the characteristics and in-service behaviour of heavy vehicles

It will not be repeated again soon so don’t put this off - enrol now! To find out more and to enrol go to

Global Truck and Trailer Leaders Summit

8.30am - 5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 1st and 2nd April
Lifesaving Victoria, 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne

Following on from previous successful ARTSA conferences, this leaders summit will benefit from many of the world manufacturers who are coming to Melbourne for the International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show

With around 25 speakers from across the world this will be an outstanding event to discuss the global direction of truck and trailer market

More details are at and you can enrol on-line

There are a couple of session sponsor packages still available
Talk to Brad Buchanan on 0413 672 403

Other issues

Plenty more happening:

  • The Federal Government’s announcement on the introduction of ABS on heavy trailers is a baby step in the direction of improved braking outcomes in Australia.

  • Four Corners are due to air a program on the 3rd February that is likely to highlight issues around heavy vehicle maintenance.

  • RMS in NSW are working on maintenance related issues to do with tankers. We will have an opportunity early in the year to discuss their maintenance procedures and how ARTSA members can assist them to improve inspection procedures for safety critical parts

Get your diaries out and put these dates down. Book in now for the ARTSA training and the Global Truck and Trailer Leaders Summit

It will be a great 2014


ARTSA 5th December meeting and lunch in Melbourne

When: 8.30am until 12 noon, Thursday 5th December with lunch to follow
Where: Lifesaving Victoria, 200 the Boulevard, Port Melbourne

This is the final meeting for 2013. It is a wrap of the years issues and some predictions for 2014.

The agenda includes a discussion with David Axup, well known forensic investigator. He and Peter Hart will go head to head on issues of why things burn, how crashes are investigated and how courts determine blame.

There will be a forum on heavy vehicle modifications and the issues that are slowly but surely bubbling to the surface. This has been a sleeper for some years but 2014 will see some action.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and several of the State Regulators will give their views on the year ahead.

Finally there will be the wrap of a whole host of issues from PBS tyres, replacement parts, the latest on heavy vehicle maintenance, ADR modifications and more.

Bring you notebook and also your appetite as the lunch will be memorable. It is an excellent final networking opportunity for all our members.

To attend, simply respond to


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