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.
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, email@example.com or view the ARTSA Data brochure.
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
There is a lot to discuss and share
As usual there is a sandwich lunch at 12 after the meetings conclusion
ARTSA has released the latest in its quarterly reports on the Australian heavy vehicle registrations. The report is available on line at http://www.artsa.com.au/store
New heavy vehicle registrations in 2015 were 11% down on the equivalent figures in 2014. The reductions were not uniform with heavy trailers down 20% and prime movers down 12% compared with 2014. There was modest growth for rigids and buses. For more on this story see “heavy vehicle registration report 2015”
ARTSA has released the latest in its quarterly reports on the Australian heavy vehicle registrations. The report is available on line at www.artsa.com.au/store
According to the latest quarterly report, new vehicle registrations have yet to recover to the levels of 2014 with the first three quarters of 2015 at 13% below the equivalent quarters in 2014.
Retirements of vehicles have continued to climb compared with 2014 and the year to date shows a 31% increase compared with the previous year.
The overall impact is that the heavy vehicle fleet had a net addition of close to 11,000 vehicles in the first three quarters of 2014. This increase has shrunk to around 4400 vehicles in the first three quarters of 2015. This is a more than halving of the growth compared with the previous year.
More detailed figures held by ARTSA show the total number of registered multi-combination prime-movers (B-double and road train capable) declining in 2015, as have dolly registrations. This gives support to the theory of a general downwards trend in freight volumes, as these vehicles represent the “workhorses” of the freight sector.