August News from Transafe WA

Transafe WA. Transport. Safety. Compliance.

Transafe WA Safety News, Issue 20, August 2018


The vision:
Transafe WA’s vision these past two years has been the development of a Safety Truck resource for WA and the NT. With the sector expecting to see road freight double by 2030, an aging workforce, and figures that show in over 93% of major multi-vehicle crash fatalities involving a heavy vehicle, the lighter vehicle is at fault – the truck will be a beacon for road safety and industry careers.

The reality:
The Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative administered by the NHVR this month recognised the importance of the project and announced it will contribute $200,000.

The missing link:
To date the custodians of road safety in WA – Minister Roberts, the Road Safety Commission and Road Safety Council have knocked back our two applications to the Road Trauma Trust Account for funds for this project. We implore them to recognise the demand for this resource, and the tangible and broad application it will have to safer decision making on our roads.

The opportunity:
Excitingly, industry also has the opportunity to ‘get on board’ – the WA Safety Truck will need a prime mover, a trailer fit-out, tyres, insurance, fuel, a depot, a driver/coordinator salary and much more. Can you see your brand on the beacon for heavy vehicle safety in WA? Don’t hesitate to get in touch if your business would like to be involved the planning to on-road this exciting project.

From the Chair:

Heavy Vehicle Safety Plan for Government
Transafe WA has now delivered 18 Road Transport Industry Safety Forums. At each of these events we’ve heard your thoughts on industry’s needs and risks. The next stage for us is to prepare a heavy vehicle safety plan to present to our State Government. It will summarise the issues, provide suggested solutions, and time frames for action. Stay tuned for ways you can give your input.

The WA Freight and Logistics Symposium
This event coordinated by Western Roads Federation and CCIWA will be a further opportunity for industry to discuss strategic issues impacting WA road transport and road logistics services. Transafe WA will be there, and we encourage you to also participate.

Pilbara Forums
632 million vehicle-km travellled in Pilbara per annum!
Transafe WA extends grateful thanks to all the speakers and participants who came along and supported Transafe WA Forums 17 and 18 in Port Hedland and Karratha earlier this month. John Brereton, Chair of the Pilbara Industry Road Safety Alliance was great at getting all participants to think about how their learnings from the day could translate into practical and positive change in their lives and workplaces. Heather Jones from the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls very generously brought along the PHHG Volvo and Mack trucks to both events. DMIRS once again also generously added their support and expertise. You can view the presentations from these forums here.

Forum 19, Mid West (Geraldton)
With the support of Mid West Ports, planning has commenced for the 19th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum to be held in Geraldton at a date tbc in late October, 2018. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for more information. You can register your interest in attending here.

These grassroots events remain the core function of Transafe WA, and we are grateful for the generosity and contribution of event sponsors and speakers.

Truck Centre WA and Volvo partner with Transafe WA

The vision of Volvo Trucks Australia is that no truck is to be involved in an accident. Volvo established their Accident Research Team in 1969 and have been at the frontline of safety ever since – pioneering innovations that prevent accidents and reduce injuries. You can see this in action as Volvo technology saves a child’s life in the video bottom right (above).

We are thrilled to welcome Volvo, via Truck Centre WA, as Foundation Sponsors of Transafe WA.

Toodyay Show – The Place to ‘See and Be Seen’
Transafe WA members Midland Brick (Boral) are kindly bringing one of their Volvo trucks to the Toodyay Show on Saturday 6 October, Thanks to Garry Price for organising this. Together with Roadwise Wheatbelt, Main Roads and Road Trauma Support WA, we’ll be there to answer questions about heavy vehicle movements in the region, and importantly to educate the general public to share the road safely with heavy vehicles. We’ll be utilising the excellent Volvo programs STOP LOOK WAVE and SEE AND BE SEEN.

Someone in your workshop deserve recognition?… Why not nominate them for this national technical and maintenance excellence award. It’s open to any individual who works full-time in the Australian trucking industry for a trucking company, supplier or commercial workshop as a workshop manager, mechanic or provide support within the maintenance field for heavy vehicles. The nominee must have a minimum of five years experience in the field. Nominations must come from industry peers or employers. Self-nominations will not be accepted.