Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Road Haulage Legislation Update for Freight Truckers at 2018 Supply Chain Logistics Event   

Co-Hosts Will Outline Codes of Practice and Electronic Driver Records

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Shipping News Feature AUSTRALIA – No matter where in the world they operate freight trucking companies are finding ever changing laws and regulations make the road haulage game more difficult, and more expensive, every year. Events such as the forthcoming 2018 Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit, held by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), this year at the Melbourne Park Function Centre between 5-6 September, will feature as co-hosts the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), giving attendees an opportunity to catch up on the latest legislative developments.

The Summit, which is held each year to raise awareness about Chains of Responsibility and provide practical advice about steps companies should take to ensure high levels of safety and compliance within their own organisations, will be the last major industry event before the commencement of the expanded Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), and the new Registered Industry Code of Practice (Master Code) for heavy vehicle safety, jointly developed by ALC and ATA.

The Summit will also discuss a range of policy issues, including those raised in ALC's position paper ‘Improving Heavy Vehicle Safety the Australian Way’ released in April 2018. A subject which is bound to be keenly followed by the assembled truckers will be the keynote presentation entitled ‘America’s Approach to Electronic Logging Devices’ from Robert Voltman, President and CEO of North America’s 3PL outfit, the Transport Intermediaries Association (TIA). These ‘ELDs’ are the American vernacular for what Australians refer to as the Electronic Work Diary (EWD).

In December 2015, the United States Congress finally got around to passing the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule, mandating the use of ELD’s in the United States and aligning it with many other first world countries. In Europe the recorders are known as Tachographs and have been a legal requirement in countries such as the UK for over 40 years. When first introduced there was much hostility from drivers before it sunk in that the days of unscrupulous bosses asking the impossible and for falsified records were well and truly over.

Tachos, ELDs EWDs, whatever your chosen acronym, in Europe meant an even playing field for all companies and, after a two year transition period in the US, the ELD rule took effect in December 2017 and is now administered by the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Authority (FMCSA). Robert will provide an overview of the United States ELD rule, and how it is being implemented, allowing attendees to consider what lessons there are for Australia.

In other trucking news you have until 14 September to nominate for a star in the workshop with this year’s 2018 Craig Roseneder Award. The winner will be announced at the ATA’s 2018 Technology and Maintenance Conference, to be held 15-17 October at the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence. With a prize consisting of an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, this is one to try for.

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