The trucking industry is undergoing significant changes and locals had their chance to raise concerns at a heavy vehicle forum held in Shepparton last week.
About 70 attendees discussed the implications of the Load Restraint Guide set to be published in early 2018 and ramifications of amendments to chain of responsibility legislation as well as the importance of driver education and impacts of industry lobbying.
After Simone Reinertsen from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Warren Clark from NatRoad, Paul Davies from the National Transport Commission and Warren Smith from DECA presented vital information, the floor was opened to a panel discussion.
Hosted by the Goulburn Valley Road Transport Group, event chair Gerard Michel said the evening was a huge success.
‘‘There are quite a few topical situations at the moment with chain of responsibility and Load Restraint Guide so we thought it was timely that this sort of forum was put on from an information and awareness point of view,’’ Mr Michel said.
‘‘There were quite a number of operators and service providers and to actually have that level of people in the room to hear what was being presented was fantastic.
‘‘I can only hope that they’ve gone away with a bit more information than what they came with and I think they have.’’
■More information about the forum and the trucking industry can be found in the next edition of Trucks and Trailers, published in the November 14 edition of Country News.