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Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

06 May 2020

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In the media

Government’s decision on road user charge praised
The road transport industry welcomes the announcement that the federal Government has agreed to freeze the Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge at the current levels. The Road User Charge will stay at 25.8 cents per litre for diesel in 2020-21 instead of increasing by a scheduled 2.5 per cent per annum over two financial years (01 May 2020).  More...

IMO signs partnership to smooth way for maritime digitalisation
A new agreement has been signed by several world bodies to help smooth the digital flow of information between ships and onshore authorities. The partnerships agreement will allow for further harmonization of data standards beyond that required by the IMO Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (01 May 2020).  More...

Notice updates to bring increased benefits with reduced costs
Almost one-third of New South Wales oversize overmass permits will be removed under updated Class 1 notices released (01 May 2020).  More...

Continued support for truckies to keep Australia moving during COVID-19
Australian truck owners and operators will save hundreds of dollars a year following the Federal Government’s decision to freeze the Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge at current levels (01 May 2020).  More...

ITF publishes COVID-19 protocols for dockers
The ITF has published protocols it says should be viewed as minimum steps that employers should implement to protect dockers and all workers within the ports. The protocols include the following measures outlined here (29 April 2020).  More...

ROSI outlook for regional road-building jobs
Investment in key inland freight corridors is poised to boost road construction jobs for regional Queensland communities (29 April 2020).  More...

Applications open for road safety innovation funding
The opportunity to drive the future of road safety innovation and technology is here, with applications for Round 1 of the Australian Government’s $12 million Road Safety Innovation Fund now open (28 April 2020).  More...

Peak bodies call for instant asset write off extension
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia and the Australian Trucking Association are jointly prosecuting the case for a conditional extension to the Instant Asset Write Off scheme (28 April 2020).  More...

Truckie mental and physical health in Whiteline Television focus
Road Safety and Freight Transport Assistant Minister Scott Buchholz said the series by Whiteline Television gave practical tips from truckies who were often on the road for several days at a time. The average age for Australia’s truck drivers is mid-40s and many are away from their homes and families for long periods of time (27 April 2020).  More...

Truck and plant equipment regulations need drastic overhaul
Regulatory design rules need to overlap better with regulations to adequately ensure the safety and operation of plant vehicles used in infrastructure, construction and commercial road transport according to a leading industry expert (27 April 2020).  More...

BP Facilities access for heavy vehicle drivers
In response, the pandemic BP is providing up-to-date site information, including available facilities such as showers and lounge access, via its store locator (24 April 2020).  More...

Protecting supply chain during COVID-19 with forward planning
Business has come under a variety of threats as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including the closure of borders, increased screening and security measures and the greater frequency of cyber security attacks.
Forward planning has become imperative to ensure business continuity plans are effective (24 April 2020).  More...

600 a day use service centre finder
The NHVR service centre map is proving popular, having been utilised by more than 600 people a day since it was launched on April 9. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the map displayed service centres that were still open and providing facilities to truck drivers as they continue to deliver essential supplies across the country (22 April 2020).  More...

Visual inspections continue as RBT calibration relaxed: NHVR
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has granted a temporary relaxation of calibration requirements for roller-brake testing equipment (21 April 2020).  More...

Practice and Regulation

FIATA new position paper “container imbalances during COVID-19”
30 April 2020 –The paper is the latest in a series of resources produced by FIATA for the freight forwarding industry in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to empower all stakeholders at the national and international level. To read the full position paper, please visit the FIATA website.

SAL: Class exemption for non-cruise maritime crew
On 9 April, the National Cabinet agreed that the Australian Government and all states and territories would implement a consistent and immediate exemption for non-cruise maritime crew to provide for the transiting to and from their places of work, within and across jurisdictions with agreed documentation. The exemption will reviewed on 1 June 2020.  More...

AMSA reminder: New requirements for vessels carrying passengers
The new changes have been made through Marine order 504 (Certificates of operation and operation requirements – national law) Amendment 2020. From the 31 May 2020, any domestic commercial vessel that carries passengers must meet new requirements for passenger safety. Make sure your safety management system adequately addresses your passengers’ safety. Read more about the regulatory changes to Marine order 504.

Senate: Consultations
Importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry
Status: Submissions closed. Date Referred: 11 September 2019

AIS: Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee projects
The Case for Endorsement will be considered at the Committee’s first meeting in 2020.
TLI Chain of Responsibility 
TLI Heavy Vehicle Driver Safety
TLI Freight Forwarding

Queensland

Transport and Other Legislation (Road Safety, Technology and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2020
The Bill was referred to the Transport and Public Works Committee for detailed consideration. The committee is required to report to the Parliament by 29 May 2020. The report will be published here.  More...

Legislation

Commonwealth

Regulations

Gazetted 

01 May 2020

Heavy Vehicle National Law - Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle Mass Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1)
This Notice provides mass exemptions, conditions of access and networks for eligible vehicles transporting an indivisible item, but that do not meet regulation mass limits. This Notice applies in each participating jurisdiction. This commences on 1 May 2020

Heavy Vehicle National Law - Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle Dimension Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1)
This Notice provides dimension exemptions, conditions of access and networks for eligible vehicles transporting an indivisible item, but that do not meet regulation dimension limits. A vehicle to which this Notice applies is an eligible vehicle. This Notice commences on 1 May 2020

Heavy Vehicle National Law - National COVID-19 Emergency (Public Holiday Travel Condition) Derestriction Notice 2020 (No.2)
This Notice suspends certain travel conditions in specified permits and Gazette Notices made under the Heavy Vehicle National Law because of reduced access to the roads by the general public during the COVID-19 Emergency

22 April 2020

Notice of Decision under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 - Far North Queensland Ports Corporation Limited (Ports North)

Notice of Decision under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 - Cruise Whitsundays Pty Ltd

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