The road freight industry, also known as the trucking industry, is integral to the Australian economy. Although it was not spared by the global financial crisis, it still maintained an annual growth rate of 2.4% in the last five years. Today, the industry has approximately 41,000 businesses, which employ more than 250,000 people and pay more than $13 billion in annual wages. The industry looks very solid at the moment and getting into trucking business looks like a brilliant move. However, for serious investors, the present situation alone is not enough to invest a significant amount of money. You also need to have a good idea on how the trucking industry would fair in the future.
Before the time of trains, horses ruled the roads, hauling goods across the country. Alongside these four-legged powerhouses were bullocks and camels by the thousands. While they did get the job done, you can only imagine how long each trip took and how much strain it put not only on the animals but on their human keepers, as well. Deliveries of goods, tools, and other needs took months and with the waiting in between each drop off, supplies often fell short. Continue reading Trucks Through Time
Over 1,000 workers have been made redundant due to the closure of a Holden plant in Adelaide, which triggered a job expo hosted by the Holden Job Centre for positions available in regional Victoria.
One particular logistics company, Porthhaul, have offered 50 truck driving positions and various other roles for ex-Holden employees to be filled urgently. Continue reading 50 Truck Driving Positions To Be Filled Urgently
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) recently sent out a memo to the trucking industry detailing the correct counting procedures and additions that drivers need to maintain in their work diaries.
The NHVR said that they were prompted to do so after they recently received a wave of calls from concerned truck drivers about how to count work time correctly. Under law, truck drivers on standard hours can work 12 hours in a 24 hour block and those accredited with a Basic Fatigue Management may work for 14 hours.
The livestock transport industry is looking towards the use of stainless steel to build cattle and sheep trailers to extend the life of these transporters.
These animal transporters travel some of Australia’s roughest terrain and clock up millions of kilometres often spending hours on dirt tracks. Along with this the trailers face wear and tear from the actual animals, their waste and constant hosing down.
Kenworth has announced the return of the Australian trucking icon, the T950. Ask any Australian to draw a road truck and they’ll jot the outline of this imposing heavy hauling legend with its long bonnet and raised cab.
This beast of a machine was dropped in 2007 but it has retained a loyal following with conventionalists and Kenworth aficionados. The Legend T950 is a seriously limited edition with Kenworth only producing 75 trucks with loyalists grabbing up every last one within 48 hours of release. Continue reading Reviving an Aussie Trucking Legend
Safety Truck is an initiative run by the Australian Trucking Association that provides the community with road safety education and promotes a positive industry image.
This mobile education centre helps bridge the trucking community with the greater Australian community at safety education programs, trucking industry led events and community events. Continue reading Safety Truck Promotes Road Safety Education
We all know truck drivers tend to get type casted.
However, in 2014 Gold Coast photographer Cory Wright wanted to look past that and give people an insight into the lives of those who eat, sleep, work and drive in their trucks, often alone.
He found the people he spoke with were quite approachable and presented an interesting job that becomes a lifestyle with many challenges. Continue reading “Gentlemen in Disguise” – Inside a Truck Driver’s Office
Many companies offer low interest or 0% finance interest rates on new trucks, which at face value looks like a great deal. But is it?
The main manufacturers all offer these deals, but be warned, you may well end up paying more for your new truck than if you had shopped around and (maybe even) financed your new wheels through Aussie Truck Loans.
There’s a saying – well, two in fact – in the world of mobile phone apps:
* There’s an app for that
* If you don’t think there’s an app for that, there’s an app for that too
And the world of trucking is not immune. A little bit of web research has been able to dig up some amazing stuff – complete video/computer games based on, you guessed it, trucking around various parts of the world.