5 August 20
The Victorian Government has recognised the heavy vehicle industry as an essential service and will be able to continue to operate, with a Covid safe plan in place and subject to reduction in on-site workers at any one time.READ MORE
3 August 20
In anticipation of the scenario where Stage 4 was implemented in Victoria, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia made appeals to Premier Daniel Andrews to recognise the issues that a blanket shutdown had caused to new Zealand’s supply chain.READ MORE
3 August 20
Firstly, I wish to extend my thoughts and well wishes to our Victorian members.
The restrictions imposed from 6pm last night and a declared State of Disaster by the Premier will impact all Victorians.
If you missed Premier Andrews’ statement it can be found here: dhhs.vic.gov.au/updates/coronavirus-covid-19/premiers-statement-changes-melbournes-restrictions
Stage 4 restrictions can be accessed here: dhhs.vic.gov.au/updated-restrictions-announcement-2-august-covid-19... READ MORE
29 July 20
HVIA Members have reported confusion over border restrictions and testing requirements following a week of increased infections.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said he had made Minsters aware of the deteriorating situation and the urgent need for a resolution.
28 July 20
The Brisbane Truck Show will return to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and South Bank Parklands from 13 to 15 May 2021.
The award winning event is the largest automotive business-to-business event in the southern hemisphere.
24 July 20
Returning as the accommodation manager for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, Ozaccom+ experience shines through.
HVIA’s National Events Manager Noelene Bradley said Ozaccom+ was HVIA’s immediate choice to supply accommodation options for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, and have been assisting BTS attendees since 2009.
22 July 20
The Brisbane Truck Show has renewed long-term partnerships with National Transport Insurance, BP Australia and Bauer Media Group ahead of the launch of the highly anticipated 2021 event.READ MORE
21 July 20
Significant announcements have been made to stimulus measures over the last few days including and extension and forthcoming changes to the JobKeeper scheme and to SME Loan guarantees, and the new JobTrainer scheme.READ MORE
20 July 20
The Government has announced an extension to the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme which supports small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to get access to the funding to adapt and innovate during the coronavirus crisis.READ MORE
20 July 20
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced the JobKeeper Payment will be extended by six months, offering businesses and their workers a continued lifeline.READ MORE
16 July 20
The Prime Minister has announced a $2 billion program to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities, as the economy recovers from COVID-19.READ MORE
9 July 20
NSW has temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19. If you’re travelling from Victoria to NSW, including carrying freight, you will need a COVID-19 NSW border declaration permit.
Meanwhile all truck drivers entering South Australia must apply online to enter South Australia.
8 July 20
After almost 12 month of negotiations lead by HVIA, the Department of Infrastructure recently revised its approach to Component Type Approvals. At an industry consultation meeting on Monday afternoon HVIA and key industry stakeholders praised the Department for responding
positively to industry concerns.
8 July 20
Austroads has published a research report on the trial of a new methodology that guides transport agencies through the infrastructure procurement process and produces high quality and cost-effective outcomes.READ MORE
8 July 20
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the 2020 HVIA National Awards is a great opportunity for members to recognise the dedication and commitment of their teams.
Nominations close on 14 August 2020.
30 June 20
HVIA is excited to work with the Federal Government, NHVR and all stakeholders to improve the uptake of safety technology in Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet through the NHVR's new SETUP plan.READ MORE
29 June 20
HVIA says the HVNL legislation review is a very rare opportunity to iron out legacy issues, making it less prescriptive and more outcome focused to harness to industry’s innovation.READ MORE
25 June 20
The National Transport Commission (NTC) has just released the consultation regulatory impact statement (RIS) for the Review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.READ MORE
24 June 20
The Department of Infrastructure has just released a position paper on Component Type Approval — Test Reports not completed by an RVS Approved Testing Facility’ and a revised guide to component type approvals.
The paper outlines the circumstances under which the Department will accept a declaration from a component supplier along with testing results from ...READ MORE
24 June 20
It is at times like these that we need to band together and be there for each other.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has written to Members reflecting on 2019-20 and outlining HVIA's year ahead.
23 June 20
The 2019/20 year has certainly presented circumstances and a business environment that no one could have predicted, nor would have wished for. That didn't stop HVIA and its members from rising to the challenges.READ MORE
18 June 20
BP's Chief Executive Officer Bernard Looney says we can get the world to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 by committing to implementing the full range of zero and low carbon energies and technologies at our disposal.READ MORE
17 June 20
Australia’s benchmark setting Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme has celebrated its 10,000th vehicle approval recently. HVIA says it is only the beginning of the quest for a safer more productive fleet.READ MORE
10 June 20
The Department of Infrastructure has just updated its RVS legislation implementation webpage, which includes a new section on our stakeholder commitment and a link to a revised RVS Legislation Program Roadmap calendar.READ MORE
9 June 20
HVIA has launched a campaign to provide the heavy vehicle industry simplified information about the Government’s stimulus measures – the Instant Asset Write Off (IAWO) and the Backing Business Investment (BBI).READ MORE
9 June 20
The extension of the $150,000 instant asset write off will enable trucking businesses to invest in new, safer equipment and support the industry’s suppliers, Australian Trucking Association CEO Ben Maguire and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia CEO Todd Hacking said today.READ MORE
5 June 20
HVIA has welcomed Australian company Soul Safe™ as its exclusive Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) training and certification partner.READ MORE
5 June 20
The first of two Soul Safe courses provide all staff of a business a free 60-minute micro-credential certificate in the basics of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) covering what precautions and processes staff should do from the moment they wake up, to when they return home from work.READ MORE
5 June 20
The Australian Government should extend the increased instant asset write off from its current end date, 30 June 2020, to the end of the year, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) said today.READ MORE
3 June 20
HVIA has announced the appointment of two new Directors to its Board. Roy Lombardi, Chief Executive Officer of Howard Porter and Steelbro Trailers in Western Australia and Daniel Whitehead, CEO and President of Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific have been appointed to fill casual vacancies.READ MORE
27 May 20
I encourage everyone to get involved and to take the Fatality Free Friday pledge to drive safely. To pledge, one must promise to always be fit to drive, to stay focused on the road, to scan the road ahead, to keep a safe distance, and to drive in a way that suits the conditions.READ MORE
27 May 20
The impending requirement to replace current rear marker plates to meet a new Australian Standard could cost road transport operators well over $40 million according to Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA).READ MORE
27 May 20
Nothing will beat a personal phone call from a trusted source to cut through all the detail and then hopefully prompt specific tax or professional advice.READ MORE
26 May 20
The Gateway to Industry Schools program is addressing the skills shortage issue by investing and creating talent pipelines in high schools.READ MORE
25 May 20
The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) Manufacturing Taskforce has met with Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) to address growth and resilience.READ MORE
20 May 20
Assistant Minister for Transport, Scott Buchholz MP joined the HVIA Board meeting this week to hear direct feedback on the impact of COVID-19 on HVIA members and the heavy vehicle industry.READ MORE
20 May 20
With more vehicles back on the roads as COVID-19 restrictions ease, shocking new figures have been released today showing for the first time in 20 years, there’s been an increase in the number of truck driver deaths on Australian roads.READ MORE
20 May 20
HVIA has welcomed the election of South Australian trucking operator David Smith as the new Chair of the ATA today. HVIA's Todd Hacking said Mr Smith will have big shoes to fill following the retirement of Geoff Crouch.READ MORE
13 May 20
Austroads has approved guidelines for assessing damage on heavy vehicles to decide if they should be declared a statutory write off.READ MORE
13 May 20
The Brisbane Truck Show is the only business-to-business trade show representing and advancing the interest of manufacturers and suppliers of heavy vehicles and their components, equipment and technology.READ MORE
12 May 20
The National Transport Commission (NTC) is in the process of reviewing the guidelines for automated vehicle trials that were initially released in 2017.READ MORE
8 May 20
Prime Minister Morrison’s announcement of a three stage COVID-Safe reopening of the economy is welcome news for all Australians.READ MORE
7 May 20
HVIA principal partner, National Transport Insurance (NTI) has launched a national campaign to thank truck drivers, cargo and warehouse personnel, construction workers and all those keeping Australia moving during the coronavirus crisis.READ MORE
6 May 20
Over the last eight weeks I have been blown away at the proactiveness of HVIA members in keeping their sites safe for staff and customers. Much of this has focused on increased personal hygiene and physical distancing – whether this be working from home, re configuring workspaces, splitting shifts and embracing technology.READ MORE
1 May 20
HVIA has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to freeze the Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge at current levels, saying the move is another positive outcome from the collaborative work led by the Government with industry..READ MORE
30 April 20
The opening of applications for grants from Australian Government’s Road Safety Innovation Fund presents the heavy vehicle industry with an opportunity to drive the future of road safety innovation and technology.READ MORE
29 April 20
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE Queensland, in conjunction with the Queensland Government, is offering a range of free education and training to support individuals, and small, medium and large businesses.READ MORE
28 April 20
A conditional extension to the Instant Asset Write Off scheme will provide a once in a generation opportunity to improve road safety outcomes and productivity all whilst stimulating the economy and saving jobs.READ MORE
27 April 20
The Australian Government’s new voluntary COVIDSafe app is an important public health initiative designed to keep the community safe from further spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure.READ MORE
22 April 20
HVIA has praised the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for granting a temporary relaxation of calibration requirements for roller-brake testing (RBT) equipment.READ MORE
17 April 20
The Prime Minister has outlined the 7 steps that the National Cabinet had agreed in relation to any relaxation of the current status.READ MORE
17 April 20
The Government’s policy frameworks will all need to be reconsidered on the other side to get the economy back on track the Prime Minister said following yesterday’s National Cabinet meeting.READ MORE
15 April 20
Standards Australia released the long awaited revision to two important standards that are of interest to numerous HVIA members.READ MORE
15 April 20
Professor Paul Kelly, Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer took a different approach with his turn leading the CMO's daily press conference on Good Friday.READ MORE
14 April 20
Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations affected by COVID-19 can elect to claim a subsidy of $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight per eligible employee employed as at 1 March 2020 and retained in employment (including employees who have been stood down or re-hired).READ MORE
14 April 20
The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission have applied temporary variations to 99 awards including the Vehicle Manufacturing Repair Services and Retail Award 2010 and the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 until 30 June 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.READ MORE
14 April 20
The Department of Infrastructure has announced that it will be releasing some additional Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) guidance material for review within approximately the next week.READ MORE
8 April 20
The Government has put its JobKeeper package before the Parliament, hoping to rush the initiative through both houses today.READ MORE
8 April 20
Two new acronyms have become prominent in our vernacular recently: first came WFH and now BAU. Many of us weren’t familiar with either until a couple of weeks ago.READ MORE
7 April 20
The National Cabinet agreed yesterday that states and territories would implement a mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code), to implement the principles agreed last week.READ MORE
6 April 20
This morning we are providing a quick update on matters as they emerged on Friday and across the weekend.READ MORE
6 April 20
The Australian Government says its Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) relief package underpins economic recovery by allowing parents to work, study and volunteer.READ MORE
5 April 20
While a full agreement remains elusive, National Cabinet made further progress on the issue of commercial tenancies on Friday, tying it to the JobKeeper Payments initiative announced earlier in the week.READ MORE
5 April 20
The Fair Work Commission are proposing new temporary changes in most awards including the VMRSR Award.READ MORE
3 April 20
Working from home? Here’s how to protect yourself from COVID-19 themed cyber scams.READ MORE
2 April 20
Today’s member bulletin is less about you as an HVIA member and more about your customers.READ MORE
1 April 20
Help distract the kids at home and enter the HVIA Colouring Competition for your chance to WIN a family pass to the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.READ MORE
1 April 20
Community Solutions, Apprentices and Trainees, have five Heavy Commercial Vehicle Apprentices available for placement with a new host employer.READ MORE
1 April 20
Manufacturers are being called on to retool to help fill gaps in the global supply of medical equipment and hygiene products; redeploying spare capacity to save lives and jobs.READ MORE
31 March 20
National Cabinet strongly endorsed the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper package and urged its support through the Commonwealth Parliament to provide much needed financial support to the Australian economy.READ MORE
31 March 20
Across Australia and the world people are facing an unprecedented situation as our health authorities and governments act to manage the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).READ MORE
31 March 20
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a historic wage subsidy to help employers keep around 6 million workers in jobs.READ MORE
30 March 20
Australia’s banks will extend the six month deferral of loans, building on the Australian Banking Association’s Small Business Relief Package, to 30,000 more businesses across the country.READ MORE
30 March 20
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last night that the Government would be "working through the night" to pull together the next economic supports to keep Australians in jobs.READ MORE
30 March 20
National Cabinet has endorsed advice on vulnerable people in the workplace from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).READ MORE
27 March 20
With the World Health Organisation declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, it is prudent for employers to be prepared for how the outbreak may impact the workplace.READ MORE
27 March 20
Australian banks have hardship teams ready to help to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (and/or drought, bushfire or flood.)READ MORE
27 March 20
“Our goal is to start businesses and the economy again after this health crisis has ended,” the Prime Minister said.READ MORE
27 March 20
Several State and Territory Governments have put in place border controls to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.READ MORE
27 March 20
This animation from the Federal Government illustrates how we can reduce the spread of Coronavirus with simple decisions that affect the whole community.READ MORE
26 March 20
Following last night’s Transport & Infrastructure Council (TIC) meeting, HVIA has praised TIC Ministers for listening to industry to understand the full breadth of the heavy vehicle industry.READ MORE
25 March 20
The team at Tafe Queensland Skillstech now have the perfect template to develop plans for the restoration of our 1926 Thornycroft A2.READ MORE
25 March 20
Federal Transport Minster, the Hon Michael McCormack MP says the Government recognises and appreciates the heavy vehicle industry’s contribution and freight will continue across borders.READ MORE
25 March 20
HVIA is plugged in to vital conversations affecting decision making at the highest levels of Federal and State Government regarding the ongoing role for freight services and those that support it.READ MORE
23 March 20
Last night, the Prime Minister Hon Scott Morrison MP called a National Cabinet meeting and offered this explanation of which businesses would close from midday today 23 March 2020READ MORE
23 March 20
The heavy vehicle industry is working hard to ensure that the nation’s supply chains continue with as few interruptions as possible.READ MORE
23 March 20
HVIA will continue to provide support for our members seeking clarity in addressing and understanding the issues brought on by the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.READ MORE
18 March 20
The EU Agency for Cybersecurity's Executive Director, Juhan Lepassaar shared his top tips for teleworking in times of Covid-19.READ MORE
18 March 20
In response to the latest advice from State and Federal Governments, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has postponed ComVec 2020.READ MORE
17 March 20
HVIA is postponing all State Committee Meetings currently scheduled for April and June.READ MORE
11 March 20
This is an evolving situation and we need to stay calm, listen to the advice and stay vigilant but I’m on Team Australia and I hope you will join me.READ MORE
10 March 20
We would like to remind all brake kit suppliers, trailer manufactures and certifiers of upcoming deadlines regarding ADR 38/05 Trailer Brake certification.READ MORE
26 February 20
HVIA has asked the Treasurer for a bonus investment allowance to be included in the forthcoming budget to incentivise capital investment on heavy vehicle factory equipment and for operators purchasing trucks and trailers.READ MORE
20 February 20
In what is being described as a major coup for the heavy vehicle industry, HVIA has executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) that will see the organisations change the industry association landscape for the better.READ MORE
18 February 20
The skillsets of automotive industry workers set to be displaced by the departure of Holden are still highly sought after in Australia.READ MORE
13 February 20
The restoration project of this particular 1926 Thornycroft A2 is a major legacy project during Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia's 50 year celebrations, only made possible with the support of our members and friends.READ MORE
12 February 20
HVIA reminds members that brake calculations required for trailer IPAs or additional testing, must be submitted and approved by the 30th April 2020READ MORE
29 January 20
A review of tyre management practice in the Australian PBS system recommends a system based around the use of standard tyre characteristics for all PBS assessments.READ MORE
15 January 20
As we have returned to normality after the festive season, the tone of virtually every conversation begins with a reflection on the drought and bushfires and how it has impacted each person or someone near to them.READ MORE
18 December 19
It’s a story with many chapters. In order to understand where we are going with this, we’ll need to take you back to a couple of crucial events. In images of the official opening of the inaugural event you can see the stage - a 1926 Thornycroft A2 flatbed.READ MORE
18 December 19
The Department of Infrastructure has released a Draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement which outlines the charges the Department plans to use when the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) is implemented.READ MORE
11 December 19
All Purpose Transport have launched Queensland's first electric truck, ready to help Ikea cope with its Christmas and New Year rush.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads the Hon Mark Bailey MP praised the collaborative leadership in innovative clean energy technology.
27 November 19
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia and the Australian Trucking Association have joined forces to speak with a single voice with the inaugural meeting of the Parliamentary Friends of Trucks, Trailers, Transport and Logistics at Parliament House in Canberra last night.READ MORE
20 November 19
In Melbourne for the Transport Infrastructure Council (TIC) meeting of Commonwealth, state and territory transport ministers, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz joined HVIA's Todd Hacking to tour Iveco's manufacturing plant and test drive the mirrorless Actros during a tour of the Daimler Trucks HQ.READ MORE
19 November 19
The heavy vehicle industry’s appetite for innovation was quenched at the 2019 HVIA Gala Awards Dinner held at South Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel on Friday night.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz MP praised the quality nominations competing for HVIA’s suite of awards.
30 October 19
A refreshing dose of Government/industry cooperation has seen the roll over to ADR 38/05 back on track in the face of encroaching deadlines.
HVIA has been working with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (DIT) and component manufacturers on the roll over process from ADR 38/04 to ADR 38/05, affecting Identification Plate Approval (IPA) certifications.
23 October 19
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) have today welcomed the establishment of a new Parliamentary Friends forum that will allow federal MPs and Senators to work more closely with the road transport and heavy vehicle industries.READ MORE
26 September 19
The heavy vehicle industry is divided over Austroads recommendations to increase the maximum allowable heavy freight vehicle width from 2500 mm to 2550 mm (including attachments).
Austroads, the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies, was tasked by the Federal Government to look at the productivity and safety implications of expanding heavy vehicle width.
19 September 19
The Brisbane Truck Show has taken out two major national event awards, being named Australia’s Best Corporate Event and Best Exhibition, Trade or Consumer Show for this year’s event.READ MORE
18 September 19
HVIA is calling for changes to the Rules that sit under the Road Vehicles Standards Act (RVSA) to protect against massive cost implications for industry.
HVIA's National Policy and Government Relations Manager Greg Forbes says that a lack of understanding of the heavy vehicle industry has led to some overly restrictive drafting of the Rules.
17 September 19
The Queensland heavy vehicle industry is in mourning with the sad news that former Board Director, Derek Marriott passed away on Friday last week, aged 60 years.
Derek was the Service Manager at Cummins South Pacific in Brisbane for twenty-five years before taking up the Service Managers role at Daimler Trucks Brisbane. More recently, Derek was the Service Manager at Iveco Trucks Brisbane prior to retiring from the industry.
4 September 19
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (DIT) are developing a new IT system (ROVER) to support applications made under the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.READ MORE
14 August 19
HVIA says Grattan Institute report shows the vast majority of schools are currently a bit blinkered to the opportunities available through trades and other vocational study.READ MORE
6 August 19
The Brisbane Truck Show has been shortlisted for two awards in the 2019 Australian Event Awards. HVIA’s National Events Manager Noelene Bradley said the announcement should be enjoyed by all participants in the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.READ MORE
31 July 19
Advances in electric trucks were a major highlight of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show. Not only were there a range of fully electric and hybrid trucks on display, one of the most exciting developments came from key component suppliers. This new short video that highlights that story.READ MORE
19 July 19
It was an action packed four days at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, both within the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, and across Brisbane including the amazing new South Bank Roadhouse festival and truck display.READ MORE
5 July 19
Volvo Trucks Australia presented a new pink FH16 prime mover to support the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls driver training program in Western Australia, at Volvo's Reddacliff Place display during this year's Brisbane Truck Show.READ MORE
3 July 19
The Government’s intention to introduce legislation to delay the implementation date for the new Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) has been welcomed by the heavy vehicle industry.
Last month Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) formally expressed concerns about the amount of work required by both industry and Government to implement the legislation within the allocated ...READ MORE
25 June 19
John and Charlene Xuereb were very excited to pick up their new car this week. John won the new Toyota HiLux Rugged X at last month’s 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.
The top-of-the-line 4×4 Double-Cab Pick-up is a perfect fit for the Toyota lovers and will upgrade their older model Prado.
John, a truck driver from Mangrove ...READ MORE
20 June 19
HVIA lost another of its CVIAQ founding fathers with the recent passing of Brisbane industry identity, Earle Russ, aged 83.
Having commenced in the heavy vehicle industry at Western Engineering, Earle went on to start his own business, Russ Equipment, in the mid-1960s.
Earle was not a formally trained engineer, however, through reading and applying ...READ MORE
19 June 19
The National Transport Commission (NTC) is seeking feedback on its third issues paper as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review, this time dealing with heavy vehicle access on Australian roads.
The paper considers current access arrangements under the HVNL, analyses access-related issues and seeks feedback on ways to improve heavy vehicle ...READ MORE
12 June 19
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 3% increase to minimum wages.
The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2019.
What do I need to do?
Employer Assist is in the process of preparing updated pay scale summaries for members.
In the meantime, employers ...READ MORE
12 June 19
Originally published in Star Weekly (Wyndham City, Victoria)
Werribee’s James Greig showed his mettle at the recent Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia National Apprentice Challenge.
The heavy vehicle apprentice and teammate Brett Holland clinched first place at the national challenge last month at the Brisbane Truck Show.
The challenge involved three teams from across Australia ...READ MORE
12 June 19
The suite of leadership and innovation awards acknowledge and celebrate the Australian heavy vehicle industry’s capacity to provide innovative solutions for the road transport task.
The awards are open to HVIA member companies and their employees, across Australia.
Full details of each award can be accessed by following the links:HVIA National Apprentice of the Year ... READ MORE
29 May 19
The NHVR will release a series of industry bulletins following the first heavy vehicle fire roundtable meeting in Brisbane last week.
Executive Director, Safety Standards and Assurance Geoff Casey said the roundtable, which brought together leading forensic fire investigators, Fire Service Officials, Police and members of the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain, was focussed ...READ MORE
29 May 19
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the latest report into PBS approvals demonstrates the success of Australia’s world-leading PBS scheme.
“In 2017, 17 per cent of relevant new heavy vehicles were PBS approved, in 2018 we saw that increase to 20 per cent of relevant new heavy vehicles,” he said.
“PBS vehicles deliver significant benefits to ...READ MORE
23 May 19
The Brisbane Truck Show has played an important role for the trucking industry and its people for over 50 years.
From humble beginnings in 1968, with just 21 exhibitors, it has grown bigger and bigger to become a central meeting place for the industry.
People now travel from all over Australia and across the ...READ MORE
22 May 19
We invited ambassadors from various sectors of the heavy vehicle industry to share the stories of their fascinating and diverse career paths.
Hundreds of school students enjoyed listening to their stories as they considered their own future on the schools to industry tours to this year’s Brisbane Truck Show.
We now have a series of ...READ MORE
21 May 19
The 2019 Brisbane Truck Show wound up on Sunday afternoon with an almost ten percent increase in patronage through the doors of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking was full of praise for the support of the show from the heavy vehicle industry and its customers.
“It’s been an amazing ...READ MORE
20 May 19
The HVIA National Apprentice Challenge delivered a fierce and worthy final following three days of closely fought heats.
The competition has been running across the four days of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.
In the end the Southern Zone team of James Greig and Brett Holland finished on top with 13.5 points.
Runners-up Campbell Garson ...READ MORE
18 May 19
Australian cricket legend & McGrath Foundation Chairman Glenn McGrath, was a keynote speaker at the NatRoad Conference.
He was disappointed to have to leave Brisbane before the show started so was given a quick hi-vis worksite tour by HVIA’s Todd Hacking.Lindsay Fox at the Brisbane Truck Show 2019
There was plenty of business ...READ MORE
17 May 19
Check out the fantastic Queen St Mall activation featuring Mercedes-Benz, Fuso Trucks and Freightliner Australia, thanks to Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific.
See the Facebook post hereREAD MORE
17 May 19
The Brisbane Truck Show was launched by the Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Transport and Main Roads, following the official opening breakfast.
Guests also heard from Charles Perrottet, representing Platinum Partner BP Australia, and HVIA President John Drake.
The breakfast featured an insightful presentation from KPMG’s Brendan Richards.
Brendan, KPMG’s National Sector Leader – ...READ MORE
16 May 19
HVIA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) committing to work together on key policy issues.
The partnership was signed off by ATA chair Geoff Crouch and HVIA chair John Drake at the Official Opening breakfast of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.
The collaboration will seek to establish a Parliamentary Friends of Trucks, Trailers, ...READ MORE
15 May 19
The City of Brisbane hosted the HVIA Executive Club for a special Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week event on the eve of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.
Aside from the great networking opportunity, and a warm welcome from Brisbane Marketing’s Juliet Alabaster, gathered guests enjoyed a light-hearted and disarmingly frank talk with former Australian Cricket ...READ MORE
15 May 19
From bare concrete floors it transforms into the Southern Hemisphere’s largest automotive business event.
This year the Brisbane Truck Show expanded outside the walls of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre with activations all over Brisbane.
The crowds showed great support for the new umbrella event – Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week supporting exciting events across the city ...READ MORE
14 May 19
The Brisbane Truck Show has launched a state of the art Jobs Hub at the largest on-road transport event in the Southern Hemisphere.READ MORE
9 May 19
Three teams have been selected to represent their regions at the 2019 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge that will be staged live at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show from Thursday 16 May to Sunday 19 May.
A record number of apprentices sat the gruelling exam this year, and the two highest results from each of the ...READ MORE
9 May 19
Graham Lusty Trailers new podcast series ‘The Tipper’ is now live on iTunes, Spotify and Podbean. Episode one dives into the world of PBS trailers while episode two is a fascinating chat with Graham Lusty about building trailers in the 60’s and racing cars against Brocky.
Episode three is where you will find out all about ...READ MORE
8 May 19
The Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week trailer was an amazing accomplishment that demonstrated every aspect of the heavy vehicle industry’s ingenuity and passion.
Thanks to Iveco Trucks Australia for contributing their new Stralis X-way to pull the Barker Trailers Curtainsider, with curtains manufactured and printed by Rice Graphic Images in Wodonga.
The unit began ...READ MORE
3 May 19
The South Bank Roadhouse is part of the new Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week.
They’ll be rolling out the proverbial red carpet for you and your guests, to create a festival atmosphere including free live entertainment; many will be offering special deals for truck show visitors.
Take a look at this short video to see ...READ MORE
2 May 19
Thank you to members who have already completed the new industry footprint survey being conducted by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia in partnership with world renowned consulting firm KPMG.
The project includes a research project that will map the full breadth, capacity and impact of the heavy vehicle industry in Australia.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking ...READ MORE
2 May 19
“The Brisbane Truck Show is by far and away the biggest business event our industry holds in the southern hemisphere. It is run by industry for industry,” HVIA Chief Executive said.
Mr Hacking, speaking in advance of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show outlined that the 2019 show is part of a full week of celebrations ...READ MORE
10 April 19
The NTC has release the first of eight discussion papers designed to capture industry’s views on the changes required to the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
This first paper focuses on risk based regulation and analyses the problems with the existing Heavy Vehicle National Law.
The paper outlines six draft regulatory principles to guide the development of a ...READ MORE
13 March 19
HVIA CEO Todd Hacking announced to HVIA Executive Club attendees last week the newly signed agreement between HVIA and National Transport Insurance on a formal partnership which will ensure the two organisations remain close.
“The partnership is a significant milestone for HVIA and ensures that NTI will be prominently represented across our operations,” Todd said. ...READ MORE
13 March 19
Over 30 Executives made it to the HVIA Executives Club last week to hear from Hon Scott Buccholz MP, Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport.
The Minister was introduced by new HVIA President John Drake, who outlined how refreshing it was to have a Minister that started off with one truck and a freight ...READ MORE
13 March 19
In a male dominated industry, International Women’s Day is a chance to say thank you to our hard working female industry personnel. It is also an opportunity to try and inspire the future female leaders of our industry.
To that end, HVIA CEO Todd Hacking was delighted to be invited by Scania to a Women ...READ MORE
6 March 19
HVIA’s new President, John Drake has wasted no time in implementing the Board’s vision by announcing new State Committees in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales to commence later this month.
Mr Drake says he is a firm believer in collaboration.
“I know – like my company – our members have strong views on topics ...READ MORE
6 March 19
Members who holds an approval under the the Motor Vehicle Standards Act for Vehicle, a Component (CRN) or a Sub Assembly (SARN) should undertake an audit of the evidence used to obtain the approval.
HVIA’s Greg Forbes says that changes set for implementation in the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) from December this year will ...READ MORE
27 February 19
John Drake has been elected as Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s new President.Mr Drake was formally elected to the position at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) last week.
He has been acting-President since the position was vacated in November 2018.Mario Colosimo (Byrne Trailers) was elected unopposed to the position of Vice-President.
The HVIA Board of Directors:... READ MORE
26 February 19
A record number of apprentices from across Australia have been nominated for a chance to compete at the HVIA National Apprentice Challenge to be held at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show in May.
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia Chief Executive Todd Hacking says the response is testimony to the emerging talent coming into the heavy vehicle ...READ MORE
6 February 19
A piece of HVIA (CVIAQ) history has been lost with the peaceful passing of founding member and former CVIAQ President, Mr Des Mitchell, on the 1st February 2019 aged 83 years.
Des Mitchell worked for the Brown and Hurley Group from 1964 to 1989 where he became Dealer Principal of the Brisbane branch.
Mr Mitchell ...READ MORE
4 February 19
The Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles’ report has been met with mixed reaction from industry associations.
While the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) have pointed to a the lack of attention on the heavy vehicles sphere in the report, HVIA has underlined its industry’s readiness to shoulder the load that’s expected to go its way.... READ MORE
28 November 18
HVIA National Manager Policy and Government Relations Greg Forbes says that the new Road Vehicle Standards Act legislation is in its final stages in Parliament and is expected to take effect from late 2019 and be fully in place by late 2020.
In particular, truck manufacturers, trailer manufacturers and component suppliers need to understand the implications ...READ MORE
28 November 18
Did you provide your employee with an opportunity to respond to a warning?
The recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission in Adam Miller v Urban Pedaler T/A Urban Pedaler  FWCFB 4166 has determined that small businesses are required to provide employees with the opportunity to respond to warnings prior to their ...READ MORE
19 November 18
The breadth and diversity of talent in Australia’s heavy vehicle industry was acknowledged at Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s annual gala awards dinner on Friday night.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the award nominations had highlighted the capacity of the industry from its newest entrants to stalwarts at the other end of their careers.
“You ...READ MORE
4 November 18
The Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia Board.is delighted to announce that Mr Miles Crawford has joined the board by filling a casual vacancy.
Miles Crawford is Operations Manager at CMV Group, a large and diverse operation that includes one of Australia’s largest heavy vehicle dealership groups.
The decision to appoint someone of Mr Crawford’s calibre was ...READ MORE
31 October 18
In the November edition of Australasian Transport News (ATN), HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has challenged Government to incentivise the uptake of safety technologies.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility: the people who design, build and maintain roads; the people who use the road network, such as drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists; the people who import ...READ MORE
22 October 18
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia celebrated its Southern Region Awards event on Friday night, including the inaugural presentation of three new awards.
Against a stunning backdrop across Docklands to Port Phillip Bay, the cocktail event was presented by HVIA key partner National Transport Insurance and TruckAssist, at the Victorian headquarters of HVIA insights partner, KPMG.
Special ...READ MORE
18 October 18
HVIA advocacy for a review into PBS tyres has been rewarded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) announcement today.
The NHVR has appointed independent road safety expert Dr John de Pont to lead a review of PBS tyre standards and operations.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the review will examine the marketplace to identify the ...READ MORE
5 October 18
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) welcomes the Australian Government’s proposed Office of Future Transport Technologies.
HVIA’s Chief Executive Todd Hacking says government investment in anticipating and enabling technologies that improve safety and productivity is crucial to managing Australia’s growing freight task.
HVIA’s comments are in response to an announcement made by Deputy Prime Minister and ...READ MORE
12 September 18
Finance Minister Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann MP praised the endeavour of the heavy vehicle industry as he shared the latest Australian economic growth news with guests at the launch of Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s (HVIA) new Executive Club.
Senator Cormann was on hand to meet with leaders of the industry gathered at the inaugural ...READ MORE
11 September 18
The Brisbane Truck Show has renewed long-term partnerships with BP Australia and Bauer Trader Media ahead of the 2019 event’s official launch later this year.
BP return as the show’s Platinum Partner; while Bauer Trader Media is back for its 10th show as Official Media Partner.
“Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) is again privileged to ...READ MORE
7 September 18
The largest transport event in the Southern Hemisphere just got bigger, with NatRoad and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) joining forces to bring the 2019 NatRoad Conference to the Brisbane Truck Show.
NatRoad CEO Warren Clark said, “We are excited to partner with HVIA to deliver our next conference at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show ...READ MORE
1 August 18
The Master Code, developed collaboratively by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Australian Logisitics Council (ALC), should be endorsed by the NHVR as a recommended code of practice under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
HVIA has suggested some additions to the Code of Practice that will assist transport operators to fulfill their Chain of ...READ MORE
18 July 18
Expression of Interest emails were sent out today, inviting last year’s exhibitors to formally apply for space allocation for the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.
The Brisbane Truck Show will return to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May, 2019.
HVIA’s National Events Manager and Brisbane Truck Show Manager, Noelene Bradley said the ...READ MORE
11 July 18
The Australian heavy vehicle industry’s capacity to provide innovative solutions for the road transport task will be acknowledged and celebrated by the industry’s national association, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) with a suite of leadership and innovation awards launched today.
HVIA Chairman Nathan Usher says the new awards reinforce and uphold HVIA’s vision of an ...READ MORE
10 July 18
Confirmation today from the Victorian Government that heavy vehicle Prescriptive Standards such as the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) and the Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB6) are unlikely to require registration under the Victorian Engineers Registration Bill 2018 is a win for commonsense.
When the Bill was initially introduced into the Victorian Parliament earlier this year, the heavy vehicle ...READ MORE
9 May 18
HVIA has welcomed the Government’s commitment to major infrastructure programmes announced in last night’s 2018-19 Budget.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking says that while the Budget primarily focused on tax cuts for individuals and families, the Government’s infrastructure announcements are crucial to enabling the prosperity of the heavy vehicle industry.
“The ever increasing freight task ...READ MORE
2 May 18
HVIA has renewed its commitment to support heavy vehicle training undertaken by the Glenala Trade Skills Centre (TSC).
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking met with Glenala State High School Principal, Ms Anne Lawson, last week to sign a new three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organisations.
“The MOU formally outlines our spirit of cooperation ...READ MORE
18 April 18
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s biennial engineering conference, ComVec 2018, held in Melbourne last week, has been hailed a success.
HVIA President Nathan Usher says that delegates enjoyed two days of productive and insightful discussion.
“ComVec has always been a unique opportunity for heavy vehicle industry Engineers to get together and look at issues and opportunities ...READ MORE
17 April 18
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) will work closely with the Victorian Government to realise offers of support to the heavy vehicle manufacturing industry.
Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Employment, Vicki Ward MP spoke to Victorian members and guests at an event hosted by the HVIA Board in Melbourne on the eve of ComVec last ...READ MORE
4 April 18
The NHVR has added additional PBS Truck and Dog combinations to heavy vehicles classed for Performance Based Standards (PBS) pre-advised approval.
NHVR Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa said from today 3- or 4-axle truck and 5- or 6-axle dog combinations up to 26m long and 73t GCM will now qualify for the PBS pre-advised approval.
“This ...READ MORE
28 March 18
Transport and logistics Young Professional of the Year, Urszula Kelly will talk about adopting new technologies, better training and improving industry image at ComVec 2018.
ComVec is the heavy vehicle industry’s biennial national conference covering future technology, innovation, government policy, vehicle standards and regulations.
“When people come up with new ideas and new tech, I ...READ MORE
20 March 18
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) says the Victorian Engineers Registration Bill 2018 should exclude mechanical engineers involved in the road-going automotive industries, and particularly the heavy vehicle industry.
HVIA’s Policy & Government Relations Manager Greg Forbes says regulation of the heavy vehicle industry should happen at a national level and should be managed by the ...READ MORE
14 March 18
Nathan Usher of Cummins South Pacific was elected as Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s President today.
The election took place today at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) called by HVIA Directors subsequent to Mr Peter Langworthy’s resignation in November 2017.
John Drake (The Drake Group) was elected unopposed to the position of Vice-President.
HVIA Chief Executive ...READ MORE
7 March 18
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has requested that Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) lead the development of a new VSB6 modification code that covers the design of tipper bodies.
Following the release of Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) Version 3 in July 2017, both HVIA and the NHVR received feedback from tipper body manufacturers ...READ MORE
27 February 18
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has welcomed the appointment of the Hon Michael McCormack MP as Deputy Prime Minister and the new Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking says the heavy vehicle industry will continue to work closely with the new Deputy Prime Minister whose portfolio also oversees the Department of ...READ MORE
14 February 18
In the news in the last week has been the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) response to the Infrastructure Department’s regulatory impact statement (RIS) on mandating stability control for heavy vehicles.
ATN quotes the ATA’s submission, saying that mandating electronic stability control (ESC) on heavy trucks would be a life-saver, projecting the potential to save 148 lives ...READ MORE
7 February 18
A major flaw in the draft amendments to the Road Vehicle Standards Act has been revealed which will need to be corrected before the legislation is presented to Parliament.
HVIA’s Policy and Government Relations Manager Greg Forbes said that the industry consultation process has caught the key issue which, if it went through, would create gaps between ...READ MORE
2 February 18
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has come out in strong support for arrangements in implementing new National roller brake testing procedures commencing today.
HVIA Chief Technical Officer, Paul Caus, who has been representing HVIA in the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Roller Brake Test Working Group, says the collaborative process will realise consistent and fair testing outcomes.... READ MORE
31 January 18
The NHVR has extended its pre-advised design approval process to cover 80 per cent of new Performance Based Standards scheme design approval applications.
NHVR Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa said A-doubles, B-doubles and prime mover semitrailer combinations would be added to the PBS scheme’s simplified pre-advised design approval process.
“Following feedback from the heavy vehicle industry ...READ MORE
17 January 18
ComVec 2018 will feature Tesla co-founder Ian Wright as the conference explores the heavy vehicle industry’s rapidly unfolding innovation frontier.
Registrations are now open for Australia’s heavy vehicle engineering conference, which returns to Melbourne, 12-13 April 2018 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre.
When Tesla began, Ian Wright was the Engineer at its heart. In 2005 ...READ MORE
16 January 18
Toll Group have called on the Government for action on reducing the road toll, following a horrific spate of fatalities across the Christmas break and into the New Year.
Toll Group’s Managing Director Michael Byrne insists that the “solution to the road toll cannot and will not come solely from industry”.
Making a case for modern ...READ MORE
10 January 18
The Melbourne Metro Rail will use the latest heavy vehicle safety technology on heavy vehicles interacting with vulnerable road users in the Melbourne CBD.
HVIA’s Greg Forbes says it’s a great opportunity for HVIA Members to showcase the very best technologies the industry has to offer.
“The major inner city rail project, managed by the Cross ...READ MORE
20 December 17
The heavy vehicle industry has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will be appointed as the new Infrastructure and Transport Minister.
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s (HVIA) Acting President, Nathan Usher, says the Deputy Prime Minister is very familiar with the benefits of the Australian heavy vehicle industry’s record of innovation, ...READ MORE
19 December 17
Todd Hacking has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia, replacing Brett Wright who is stepping down after 21 years of service.
Acting President Nathan Usher said the HVIA Board had undertaken a rigorous search and selection process to find the right person.
“We’re delighted Todd will be leading the next stage ...READ MORE
16 August 17
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) have welcomed the publication of the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) discussion paper “Assessing the effectiveness of the PBS scheme.”
HVIA Chief Executive Brett Wright says the report demonstrates the effectiveness of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme in improving industry productivity and safety.
“The data presented in the paper is ...READ MORE