I attended the Strategic Vehicle Safety and Environment Group (SVSEG) meeting on June 5 in Canberra to represent ARTSA about concerns with the revisions to the RVSA scheme.
During two meetings organised by ARTSA on the RVSA scheme at the Brisbane Truck Show there were significant concerns raised about the lack progress of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities (DIRDC) with establishing a system for Component Type Approvals including providing forms and guidance for testing facilities and component suppliers. Changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act for ADR 38/05 is a further complication that impacts industry.
To highlight to DIRDC the industry’s apprehension with the current situation, a list of principles were prepared by ARTSA, HVIA, ATA and the CVIAA and submitted to the Administrator at the SVSEG meeting.
The principles are:
ARTSA Data’s quarterly update is due in the 1st week of July. It will summarise the calendar year and also the quarterly outcome to end June 2019. In the March quarterly report (see http://www.artsa.com.au/store for a free copy) we were fairly bullish as to the outlook for heavy vehicle sales. More recent news from Europe suggests a slowdown in their market with the sales retreating 2% in the first 5 months of this year and a 10% reduction forecast for the year. What does that mean for Australia? Probably not much, but our end June data will comment not only on the history of what has been added to the heavy vehicle fleet but also some crystal ball gazing for the balance of 2019.
Also note that the annual ARTSA Data Day will now be held on the 10th September in Melbourne. More information including registration will be released in July.
The Institute of Road Transport Engineers of New Zealand are holding their 16th International Conference in Rotorua from 20 to 22 August. ARTSA are on the program represented by Martin Toomey and Peter Hart talking about the Australian activities including ARTSA Institute and ARTSA Data. Les Brusza from the NHVR will also present on PBS Tyres. For further information, contact the IRTENZ Secretariat, Kate Bucknell on 021-917506 or email@example.com or visit Conference Registration.
Over 100 people attended the Brisbane Truck Show meeting on 16 May. Dr Peter Hart of ARTSA facilitated a discussion between National Heavy Vehicle Regulator CEO, Sal Petroccitto, NBTA Chairman, Justin Keast and ARTSA Chair, Martin Toomey, on industry issues and where the industry can help the Regulator. Other speakers from the NTC, NTI, AJ Gallagher, Holmwood Group and TCA gave informative presentations.
Sal Petroccitto later released the joint report authored by NHVR and ARTSA Data on the uptake of PBS vehicles. This report showed that PBS now has a market share of around 20% of eligible heavy vehicles. This is a huge measure of support for this scheme and the safety and productivity benefits it delivers. A copy of the report can be downloaded from http://www.artsa.com.au/assets/library/2019/pbs_report_2019_v6_singles.pdf
Paul Corkhill and Tim Renowden also introduced the Transport Certification Australia (TCA) data and tabled the joint report between TCA and ARTSA Data into PBS vehicles in the IAP scheme. It also detailed many useful facts on vehicle utilisation, preferred routes and more. A copy of this report can be downloaded from http://www.artsa.com.au/assets/library/2019/artsa_tca_pbs_freight_analysis_may_2019.pdf