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Top 10 qualities of a great truck driver

Top 10 qualities of a great truck driver

Life as the King of the Road can provide a rewarding career. But no-one said being in control of a heavy vehicle carrying expensive cargo and meeting critical deadlines was easy. To see if you’re cut out for truck driving, have a look at the Top 10 qualities that all great truck drivers share.

Hands free mobile phone options for truck drivers

Hands free mobile phone options for truck drivers

It is illegal across the whole of Australia to use a hand-held phone when driving. It doesn’t matter if your truck has stopped at a traffic light – as a truck driver you shouldn’t be using your phone. You also shouldn’t use your phone to email or text while you’re driving unless you want to face a fine or cause an accident.

5 tips for avoiding driver fatigue

5 tips for avoiding driver fatigue

One of the most common causes of vehicle accidents is driver fatigue. This is especially a problem for truck drivers as many of us have to drive long distances – often over night – going for hours without a rest.We’ve come up with five tips to ensure you don’t drive tired.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Each year, April 28 is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.

The general trend in Australia for work-related fatality rates has been tracking downwards over the last decade, however in 2015, 193 workers died at their place of work, according to data cited by Safe Work Australia.

Reform or abolish the road safety tribunal – what's the answer?

Reform or abolish road safety

Two of the heavy haulage industry’s peak bodies have openly called for the eradication of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal which was established in 2012 to circumvent unsafe remuneration pressures placed on road transport drivers.

As part of this campaign, the Australian Trucking Association will lead a convoy to Canberra, which includes the Australian Logistics Council and other industry representatives.

Say hello to solar-powered truck stops

Say hello to solar-powered truck stops

Renewable energy and sustainable technology are clearly the future, with more and more discoveries being made and environmentally friendly projects being built all the time. One such project is the world's first solar-powered, off-grid petrol station and truck stop, which was recently built in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Here at National Heavy Haulage, we're always pleased to hear about the latest technological innovations in trucking, so we wanted to share this exciting piece of news.

South Australia leads the way with driverless vehicle trials

South Australia leads the way with driverless vehicle trials

Driverless trucks have been in the news again recently, with South Australia becoming the first state to approve on-road driverless vehicle trials. Although National Heavy Haulage's home is in Queensland, we're always happy to hear about advances in trucking in any state. 

Farewell to Alan Brown AOM, an industry pioneer

Farewell to Alan Brown AOM, an industry pioneer

The Australian Transport Industry is in mourning following the passing of Alan Brown OAM. Alan was a joint founder of The Brown and Hurley Group. He passed away at the age of 94 at the Hope Island Arcare nursing home following a short illness.

Alan was a road transport industry pioneer and a local legend in the NSW town of Kyogle, the home of Brown and Hurley since the company’s inception in 1946. 

Peak body calls for consistent training and regulations

National Heavy Haulage shortage of drivers

At a time when skilled truck drivers are becoming rarer, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has called for consistent licencing and training within the country’s heavy haulage sector.

At a recent Aspects of Road Safety senate inquiry, the ATA highlighted the need for uniform heavy haulage licencing regulations and driver training across all Australian states and territories and heavy haulage driver education providers.

ATA to cut red tape with new contract checklist

2016 Trucking Australia Conference

Wading through a contract can be a tedious and confusing process, with parties on both sides easily getting muddled in legalese jargon and red tape. To make picking through trucking contracts easier for those in the heavy haulage sector, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) will publish a contract checklist in June this year.