ARTSA News 2015

ARTSA heavy vehicle report

New heavy vehicle registrations down 13% compared with 2014 and retirements on the rise

ARTSA has released the latest in its quarterly reports on the Australian heavy vehicle registrations. The report is available on line at

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.


TMC – 26 to 28 October 2015

To be held in Melbourne, focused on a range of technical and maintenance topics for heavy vehicles. Brought to you by the ATA and ARTSA. Click here or on the logo for program and registration details.


NBTA meeting - 14th May at Brisbane Truck Show

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
  • Tanker panel to discuss designs and new products

You need to book with to attend this meeting


ARTSA hosting International Heavy Vehicle Road Safety Summit

Improving Heavy Vehicle Road Safety Summit Logo

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.

Details are on the Summit website.

ARTSA members enjoy a significant discount on the ticket price so watch for your members invitation.


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.


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