Grattan Truck Report misses the easy wins and ignores key obstacles

31 August 22

The Grattan Institute’s new “Grattan Truck Plan”has made headlines this week with its controversial calls for city-wide bans on pre-2003 diesel engines, but misses out on easier opportunities to lower heavy vehicle emissions.

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Morris introduces new finance deal to help OEMs

16 August 22

Morris have developed an innovative new way to help OEMs during these turbulent times. Through HVIA, Morris now offer an exclusive finance product that treats building a truck or a trailer the same as building a house.

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Skills shortages are impacting productivity

27 July 22

In a move welcomed by HVIA, the Albanese Government has already announced a Jobs Summit and one of their first Acts to be introduced, is the legislation to create the new agency Jobs & Skills Australia. 

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New PBS Notice is progress – but not the end goal

6 July 22

A new Performance Based Standards (PBS) class 2 notice will introduce more nationally consistent conditions for road trains, supporting more seamless cross-border access and dramatically reducing requirements for permits.

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HVIA campaign to build pipeline of new starters

22 June 22

Members are invited to get involved in a new HVIA campaign showcasing career opportunities in the heavy vehicle industry to school leavers and other job seekers.

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HVIA Board Welcomes New Directors

14 June 22

HVIA has appointed Penske’s Craig Lee and leading engineering consultant Robert Smedley to fill vacancies on its Board of Management.

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HVIA Congratulates Albanese Government

24 May 22

HVIA congratulates the Australian Labor Party on forming Government under new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the new Government has put forward a policy platform that has the potential to revitalise Australian manufacturing.

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National Road Safety Week 2022

16 May 22

This week is National Road Safety Week. With the 2022 Federal Election taking place on Saturday, we are asking the next Australian Government to commit to action by improving the uptake of heavy vehicle road safety related technologies.

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Is it really the right time to lower the heat on Australia’s hot economy?

4 May 22

There is no doubt that inflation is stinging, and the Government and our financial regulators need every available control at their disposal to have any chance of taking pressure off, but is this week's base interest rate rise the right lever to pull?

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You can help unlock access to Australian Standards

20 April 22

Industry groups from across Australia are getting behind a petition to make to Australian Standards more accessible.

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HVIA welcomes Budget 2022 skills announcements

30 March 22

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia has commended the Government’s focus on jobs, skills and training in the 2022 Budget announced last night.

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HVIA welcomes Advanced Emergency Braking ADR’s

9 March 22

HVIA has welcomed two new Australian Design Rules (ADR) mandating Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) on heavy vehicles.

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Blowout in heavy vehicle access permits at crisis point

9 March 22

Hundreds of PBS heavy vehicles are parked up, sitting idle, instead of working to keep Australia moving - all because of behind-the-scenes bureaucratic bungling.

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HVIA supporting Trucking Australia ’22

2 March 22

HVIA will be delivering a Load Restraint Masterclass at Trucking Australia '22, the ATA’s national conference coming to the Gold Coast in May.

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HVIA Members affected by devastating floods

2 March 22

The impact of this week’s devasting floods across South East Queensland and NSW is still unfolding.

We know that a substantial number of HVIA members have been hit hard by what has been a harrowing and confronting experience.

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Industry Investigates Coupling Strength

2 February 22

A new project investigating dynamic loads on couplings has been funded by the Commonwealth Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative to fill a gap in knowledge and provide evidence to update relevant Standards and Rules.

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More to be done to secure supply as AdBlue production ramps up

25 January 22

Fertiliser manufacturer Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) has ramped up its production of AdBlue by around 800 per cent, bolstering diesel exhaust fluid supplies for Australia’s transport sector, but there are important lessons that need to be acted upon before we are out of the woods.

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Truck driving apprenticeship to become a reality

21 December 21

“Certificate III in Driving Operations” will see the transport and logistics industry work with states and territory governments to develop a truck driving apprenticeship for the first time.

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The AdBlue ‘crisis’ is more of a wake-up call

9 December 21

The AdBlue ‘crisis’, as it being called, is more of a wake-up call than a catastrophe. If the worse case scenario eventuates – it is true that a substantial part of our road transport fleet could be grounded. However, the Government and industry’s collaborative efforts are already delivering some positive outcomes.

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Truck and trailer width review a long way from resolved

9 December 21

HVIA has welcomed news that proposed amendments to truck and trailer width will be circulated for comment and further explorations into their productivity and cost impact.

The proposed amendments are the result of the Safer Freight Vehicles reforms, a process that was begun by the national Transport Commission in March of this year.

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Is a career with heavy vehicles fate or destiny?

8 December 21

Sometimes, in the face of our problems and challenges, we need to take inspiration from our successes, because the answers might be right under our nose.

One of those is hosting Schools to Industry tours of the Brisbane Truck Show.

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HVIA community partnership delivering skills to industry

25 November 21

The Queensland Department of Education has produced a video highlighting the successful partnership between HVIA and Brisbane's Glenala Senior High School, supporting their Trades Skills Centre.

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50 years of membership awards

22 November 21

Four companies were honoured with awards celebrating 50-years continuous membership at the 2021 HVIA National Awards Gala event held in Brisbane last week.

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National Award winners showcase industry’s resilience

19 November 21

The winners of HVIA’s suite of awards for leadership and innovation in the heavy vehicle sector have been presented at a Gala event in Brisbane.

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HVIA welcomes Government investment in Future Fuels infrastructure

9 November 21

HVIA has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of increased funding for infrastructure to support the rollout of battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.

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International symposium HVTT-17 coming to BTS23

10 September 21

The International Forum for Heavy Vehicle Transport and Technology will come to Brisbane for HVTT-17 on the eve of the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show.

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HVIA interactive online training endorsed to improve heavy vehicle safety

9 September 21

HVIA's “Safety Through Education” project will receive key funding through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

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Industry Celebrates as PBS Tyre Changes Given Green Light

2 August 21

Trailer manufacturers, tyre manufacturers and suppliers, heavy vehicle operators and PBS assessors will all win once the decision by the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers Meeting (ITMM) to use generic tyre data in PBS assessments is fully implemented.

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National Cabinet charges transport ministers with removing border problems

24 July 21

“The truckies, they're doing a great job keeping Australia moving and we want to minimise that inconvenience for them,” the Prime Minister said: last night, following the National Cabinet meeting.

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ROVER has been let off the leash

1 July 21

The Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) has gone live this week following a much delayed, somewhat controversial development, and serious concerns about its ambitious rollout.

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Keeping Australia Moving collectible – Straight to the poolroom

25 June 21

The Australian heavy vehicle industry presented Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz MP with a memento to thank him for his tireless efforts in supporting the industry through one of the most challenging periods in the nation’s history.

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Time to unveil the future of fuels

31 March 21

The Australian Government has committed to support low emission technologies across the innovation chain, and the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show is the place to see where that is taking us.

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Looking for answers to supply chain breakdowns

17 March 21

Supply chain resilience and its systemic vulnerability have been badly exposed by the challenges posed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Government’s travel boost makes heading to Brisbane a no-brainer

11 March 21

The Australian Government’s announcement of half-price air travel makes travel to Queensland for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show a no-brainer according to Heavy Vehicle Australia Chief Executive Todd Hacking.

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Government Backs Thousands of New Apprentice and Trainee Jobs

9 March 21

HVIA has welcomed the expansion of the Australian Government’s targeted wage subsidy program for apprentices and trainees, as part of the National Economic Recovery Plan.

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Tickets now on sale for BTS21

2 March 21

All the required boxes have been checked - it’s go time; tickets are now on sale for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.

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Truckies praised for logistics behind COVID-19 vaccination roll-out

26 February 21

Truckies have received some well-earned praise for the planning and success of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution into regional areas and across Australia.

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Brisbane Truck Show – Full Steam Ahead

24 February 21

HVIA has announced that the Brisbane Truck Show will proceed as normal from the 13-16 May 2021. Chairman John Drake said this decision was not made lightly but is final.

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Adding safety equipment deductible under temporary full expensing

2 December 20

The Instant Asset Write-off (IAWO) is now available for adding safety enhancements to existing heavy vehicles.

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Innovation and commitment celebrated at HVIA National Awards Breakfast

20 November 20

HVIA today announced the winners of a suite of awards, for leadership and innovation, in the heavy vehicle sector.

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Hold no fear for Electronic Work Diaries – connected business is good business

12 November 20

HVIA has come out in strong support of today’s launch of the first electronic work diaries (EWD) to satisfy strict protocols established by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

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Time to get serious about the RVSA implementation

11 November 20

HVIA has urged members to sort out their plans for the implementation of the Road Vehicle Standards Act.

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New heavy equipment & machinery show for BTS21

20 October 20

The Brisbane Truck Show (BTS), Queensland’s largest B2B event, is set to get even bigger with a new partnership that will see it turn back the clock with the launch of a new accompanying heavy equipment & machinery show.

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Budget 2020-21: A business led recovery

7 October 20

2020 has been marred by an unprecedented global health pandemic but last night the economic realisation of this health crisis hit home. The global economic contraction in 2020 is 45 times worse than the 2009 Global Financial Crisis.

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Heavy vehicle industry welcomes Government commitment to future fuels

21 September 20

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has praised the Australian Government’s funding commitment for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced on Friday.

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New grants support participation in business events

11 September 20

HVIA is pleased to share with you the Australian Government’s announcement this morning of a $50 million injection into Australia's vital business events sector ahead of the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.

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A reminder for your sales team and your customers: IAWO and guaranteed loans

2 September 20

The Instant Asset Write-off scheme has been a great success in stimulating sales, with HVIA’s efforts to extend it rewarded following extensive advocacy work prior to the end of the Financial Year.

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It’s all go for the show

2 September 20

“Naturally it is disappointing when one of our major exhibitors has to pull out of a show," Mr Hacking said. "However, we know how much our industry and its customers are looking forward to getting together in Brisbane in May 2021 and most see it as the opportunity to reconnect and kickstart the industry."

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HVIA appeals for funding to modernise heavy vehicle manufacturing

11 August 20

HVIA has called for a further round of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund to support heavy vehicle manufacturers in retooling, re-engineering, and innovation to future-proof local manufacturing and assist Australia’s post pandemic economic recovery.

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HVIA’s appeal to Vic Government to learn from NZ mistakes

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.

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Border confusion doesn’t help anyone

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.

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Partners locked and loaded for 2021 Brisbane Truck Show

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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