COVID-19 – Essential guide to borders

7 July 20

HVIA member companies are keen to get back to business and it is encouraging to have restrictions easing.
We know you are looking to allow technical and maintenance staff to visit and assist customers around your state and across the country.
So what is the new business as usual?

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NHVR launches heavy vehicle technology blueprint

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.

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HVNL reset is a rare chance to iron out legacy issues

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.

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HVNL Review RIS

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.

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Reflections: Here’s to the year ahead

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.

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Year in Review 2019/20

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.

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1.75% wage increase announced

23 June 20

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages following its 2020 annual wage review.

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BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020

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.

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10,000 PBS vehicles is only the beginning

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.

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Mr Morrison has made us an offer too good to refuse

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).

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Instant Asset Write Off extension is a win for industry

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.

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New training and certification platform to help fast-track business back to the workplace

5 June 20

HVIA has welcomed Australian company Soul Safe™ as its exclusive Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) training and certification partner.

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HVIA & ATA renew call for stimulus extension

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.

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HVIA Board welcomes two new Directors

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.

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Buchholz highlights Woolworths’ Covid-safe culture

3 June 20

Assistant Minister for Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz says Woolworths is a case study of a successful Covid-safe culture.

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Pledge to be Road Safe, this Fatality Free Friday

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.

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Industry appeals save the crippling cost for rear marking plates retro-fit

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).

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Helping your customers utilise the stimulus

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.

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NCCC talks to HVIA about addressing input costs

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.

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FWC ruling sets troubling precedent for employers of casuals and casual contracts

25 May 20

Casual employee entitled to claim payments for annual leave, personal/carer’s leave, compassionate leave, and public holidays. Employer not entitled to restitution or to “set off” the claim. The Regulation introduced to prevent double dipping proves ineffective.

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Stimulus on the table as Buchholz drops in on HVIA Board

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.

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Easing travel restrictions impacts truck driver safety

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.

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HVIA congratulates ATA’s retiring Chair Geoff Crouch

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.

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One year until the doors open for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show

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.

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Roadmap to COVIDSafe Australia

8 May 20

Prime Minister Morrison’s announcement of a three stage COVID-Safe reopening of the economy is welcome news for all Australians.

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A genuine “thanks” to Australia’s transport workers

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.

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Testing facility applications now open

6 May 20

The Department of Infrastructure has announced that organisations wishing to register as a testing facility under the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) should be able to submit applications from Wednesday 6 May 2020.

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On-site Infection Prevention and Control

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.

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Fuel tax relief welcomed across industry

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..

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Applications open for Road Safety Innovation Funding

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.

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Safety benefits add to the pay-off for COVID-19 stimulus extension

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.

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Vale Malcolm Chisholm

27 April 20

The heavy vehicle industry has lost another of its local identities with the passing of Mr Malcolm Chisholm on Thursday 23rd April aged 78 years.

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Download the COVIDSafe app

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.

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Roller Brake Tester calibration pressure eased

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.

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The path out

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.

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Prime Minister plans recovery in the face of sobering economic reality

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.

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A shout out to the truckers

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.

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Stay safe this Easter

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.

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Commercial Tenancies Code of Conduct signed off

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.

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No decision on Commercial Tenancies

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.

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Cybercrime is infectious

3 April 20

Working from home? Here’s how to protect yourself from COVID-19 themed cyber scams.

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Staying connected

2 April 20

Today’s member bulletin is less about you as an HVIA member and more about your customers.

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Opportunity to fill the medical supply chain

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.

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HVIA commends Parliament to support $130 billion JobKeeper Payment

31 March 20

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a historic wage subsidy to help employers keep around 6 million workers in jobs.

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More relief for business from your bank

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.

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More help for business on the way

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.

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National Cabinet takes advice on vulnerable people in the workplace

30 March 20

National Cabinet has endorsed advice on vulnerable people in the workplace from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

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Relief for small business from your bank

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.)

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Prime Minister’s strongest performance on saving lives and saving business

27 March 20

“Our goal is to start businesses and the economy again after this health crisis has ended,” the Prime Minister said.

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Border controls and travel restrictions

27 March 20

Several State and Territory Governments have put in place border controls to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Your actions will save lives

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.

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TIC Ministers Agree – Supply Chains Are Key

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.

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Deputy PM on freight services during pandemic

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.

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Industry staying open to support nation’s supply chain

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.

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ComVec 2020 conference postponed in response to outbreak

18 March 20

In response to the latest advice from State and Federal Governments, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has postponed ComVec 2020.

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HVIA State Committee meetings postponed

17 March 20

HVIA is postponing all State Committee Meetings currently scheduled for April and June.

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Heavy vehicle industry praises incentives to activate business spending

12 March 20

The Australian Government’s “Coronavirus stimulus package” announced today has pulled the right levers to encourage spending according to HVIA.

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Leaders Need to Halt the Panic: I’m on Team Australia!

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.

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HVIA budget submission calls for bonus investment allowance

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.

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Heavy Vehicle Industry to Benefit as Representation Streamlined

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.

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Automotive skills still vital to Australia’s economy

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.

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Join us as she comes back to life

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.

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ADR 38/05 – Trailer Brake Certification

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 2020

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PBS tyre report recommendations on the table

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.

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Reflection as the year begins

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.

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HVIA’s 50th anniversary legacy project starts now!

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.

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Cost recovery under RVSA on the table

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.

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Sea Electric powering Ikea’s last mile ambitions

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.

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Industry heavyweights find friends in Canberra

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.

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Minister impressed by industry advancements

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.

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Buchholz praises heavy vehicle ingenuity at HVIA Gala Awards

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.

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IPA certifications back on track as brake deadline looms

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.

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Trucking Industry Welcomes Parliamentary Friends

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.

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Heavy vehicle industry responds to Austroads width recommendations

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.

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Brisbane Truck Show takes out two Australian Event Awards

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.

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HVIA calls for changes to RVSA Rules

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.

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Vale Derek Marriott

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.

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Type Approvals portal – user consultation

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.

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Report shows trade studies set students up for a fruitful career

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.

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Brisbane Truck Show named national event awards finalist

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.

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The future is unfolding – right under your feet

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.

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The 2019 Brisbane Truck Show in 60 seconds

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.

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How Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls had a fleet boost

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.

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HVIA commends Government for RVSA delay

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 ...

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BTS19: HiLux Rugged X is in good hands

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 ...

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Vale Earle Russ

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 ...

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HVNL Review: heavy vehicle access on public roads

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 ...

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3% wage increase announced

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 ...

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Great stories from the show – Apprentice’s heavy lifting

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 ...

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Nominations are now open for the 2019 HVIA Awards.

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 ...

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Putting heads together to reduce truck fires

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 ...

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Jump in PBS approvals

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 ...

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BTS19: In it for the long haul

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 ...

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Jobs Hub Ambassadors do heavy vehicle industry proud

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 ...

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Industry unites to deliver Brisbane Truck Show success

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 ...

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Southern Region take out Apprentice Challenge

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 ...

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BTS19: Seen around the show

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

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Trucks in the heart of the city!

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 here

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Don’t miss this chance to be counted

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 – ...

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HVIA-ATA Parliamentary Friends collaboration

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, ...

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HVIA Executive Club hosted at Brisbane City Hall

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 ...

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BTS19: Watch the show come together

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 ...

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150 positions available as Jobs Hub launched at Brisbane Truck Show

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.

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2019 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge teams announced

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 ...

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GLT goes behind the scenes of the truck show

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 ...

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AHVI Week Magic Truck MEL-CBR-SYD-BNE

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 ...

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Everyone’s invited to the South Bank Roadhouse

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 ...

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Survey of our industry – make sure you are counted

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 ...

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It’s your truck show – by industry for industry

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 ...

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Heavy Vehicle National Law review

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 ...

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NTI join HVIA as major partner

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. ...

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Minister: Industry groups must collaborate

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 ...

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International Women’s Day

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 ...

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New leadership sets new engagement strategy

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 ...

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Is your evidence good enough?

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 ...

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John Drake elected as HVIA President

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:

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Record number of Apprentices line up for National Challenge

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 ...

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Vale Des Mitchell

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 ...

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Heavy vehicle industry ready for EV challenge

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.

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The Road Vehicle Standards Act is coming

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 ...

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Employer Assist: Termination done right

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 [2018] FWCFB 4166 has determined that small businesses are required to provide employees with the opportunity to respond to warnings prior to their ...

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HVIA National Award Winners announced

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 ...

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HVIA appoints CMV’s Miles Crawford to the Board

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 ...

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Incentivising the Uptake of Safety Technologies

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 ...

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HVIA Southern Region Awards Winners

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.

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HVIA advocacy sees PBS tyre review announced

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 ...

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Office of Future Transport Technologies should remove safety and productivity road blocks

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 ...

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Senator Cormann praises HV industry at Executive Club launch

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 ...

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BP Australia & Bauer Media back on board for 2019 Brisbane Truck Show

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 ...

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NatRoad Conference coming to 2019 Brisbane Truck Show

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 ...

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HVIA commends ATA/ALC Master Code but asks for 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 ...

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BTS19 – First round Expression of Interest

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 ...

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HVIA’s new National Awards kicks off

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 ...

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Heavy vehicle Engineers escape red tape in Victoria

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 ...

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HVIA welcomes Budget infrastructure commitments

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 ...

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HVIA renews commitment to Glenala Trades and Skills Centre

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 ...

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ComVec hits all the right notes for HVIA

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 ...

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Victorian MP offers support for heavy vehicle jobs and growth

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 ...

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Pre-advised PBS Truck and Dog combinations extended

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 ...

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Young Professional Urszula Kelly puts safety first

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 ...

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HVIA says leave us out of Victorian Engineers Registration Bill

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 ...

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Nathan Usher elected as new HVIA President

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 ...

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The NHVR engages HVIA to draft VSB6 tipper code

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 ...

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HVIA welcomes the appointment of Deputy PM

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 ...

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Disincentives for life-saving stability control for heavy vehicles

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 ...

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Major flaw found in Road Vehicle Standards Act Exposure Draft

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 ...

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New roller brake testing procedure borne of collaboration

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.

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New process streamlines more PBS applications

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 ...

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Tesla co-founder heads ComVec 2018 line-up

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 ...

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Toll Group says safety technology will help reduce road carnage

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 ...

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Applying heavy vehicle safety technology to Melbourne Metro project

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 ...

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Heavy vehicle industry welcomes new Ministerial portfolios

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, ...

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New HVIA CEO Announced

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 ...

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HVIA welcomes publication of the NTC’s PBS marketplace report

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 ...

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