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  • 15 Sep 2018 6:00 PM | Anonymous
    The QTA celebrated industry excellence at the 2018 QTA Industry Awards in style on Pat Rafter Arena at the Brisbane Tennis Centre on Saturday 15th September. Read the full list of Award winners here. 

    2018 QTA Industry Award Winners- Media Release.pdf

  • 20 Aug 2018 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    It is 21 years since Queensland further developed the concept of Performance Based Standards (PBS).  At the time, this was a significant development and lead to innovative changes to vehicle combinations and major improvements to road freight transport productivity.  

    The ICON – which is an acronym of ‘Innovative Combination of the North’ was borne out of the PBS concept.  This vehicle was a long combination, purpose designed and built for the transportation of mineral concentrate and had a GCM of 166.7 tonnes, a tare weight of approximately 48 tonnes, and an overall length of 53.5m (the same as a Type 2 Road Train).

    The original development work was done in 1997-1998 with the permit being granted by Queensland Transport to BHP in mid-1997.  The ICON comprised a prime mover with a tri-axle drive group, towing two sets of B-triple trailers that were connected by a tri-axle converter dolly and a drawbar.

    Road User Research (RUR), lead by Dr Peter Sweatman, was initially commissioned by BHP to develop and evaluate a range of innovative configurations for the Cannington haul.  RUR was further commissioned by BHP to provide appropriate vehicle specifications for use in the tender process and vehicle testing (dynamics and stability).

    Following on-road testing and assessment by Queensland Transport, the operation got underway in late 1997 (October-November) to haul mineral concentrate from the Cannington Mine to the Yurbi railhead.

    Since the inception of the PBS concept in 1997, Australia has continued as a leading innovator in road freight transport productivity.

  • 07 Aug 2018 2:30 PM | Administration (Administrator)

    Recently, QTA CEO, Gary Mahon wrote an article that was a critical analysis of fatigue laws for our members that has been widely circulated and published in a number of media articles.

    The purpose of this article was to reinforce how important a fresh eyed and independent review of our fatigue law is.  We need to move with the times and adopt technology, science and accreditation schemes to ensure legislation is fit for purpose.  After 80 years, the Roadside Administration Test has had its day.

    Today I am writing about some refreshing research from the USA that has broken new ground and given us a road safety breakthrough on fatigue management in heavy vehicles.

    Lack of rest areas increase fatigue risk seven-fold

    Article published by Big Rigs Newspaper 

    Over the last 25 years researchers have developed a variety of technologies to detect and address driver fatigue. If these improvements had been included in our legislation heavy vehicle drivers would have the flexibility to structure their day in the safest way.  The Industry isn’t calling for more hours but rather some discretion as to the way they are able to plan their day effectively, using available science and technology.  The idea that we all cope with fatigue differently is not new, but the prescription in the HVNL allows no flexibility or variation for human factors.  This is why we’re calling for a new approach. The 80 year old model badly needs an overhaul, and needs to be modernised with the new learnings research is providing.

    Just last year we saw some new thinking and refreshing ideas from a ground-breaking study done in the USA, a country with similar industry operations and issues of geographical scale and distance.

    In November 2017 University of Kentucky reported on a nine-year study showing that the availability of rest areas reduces the likelihood of fatigue related crashes for commercial drivers. The research into at-fault heavy vehicle crashes showed that the further a truck driver got from a rest stop, the more likely a crash was to be fatigue related. When rest options were between 32 and 64 kilometres away, the risk of being involved in a fatigue related crash more than doubled. Beyond 64 kilometres from a rest area, truck drivers were almost SEVEN TIMES more likely to have a fatigue related crash.

    There was even more evidence of this when the researchers looked at the types of roads where truck drivers were at fault in fatigue related crashes. Crashes were much more likely to occur on roads with fewer places to stop a heavy vehicle. Crashes were less likely on interstates where road authorities had provided more truck stops and rest areas.

    These alarming results led the researchers to recommend road authorities increase the number of rest areas for trucks on Kentucky’s interstates and high-volume roads. Workplace health and safety groups have embraced the results and will no doubt use these for future risk management and planning activities. Road authorities will also need to sit up and take notice, because US lawyers and attorneys quickly picked up the message, and the risk of litigation is real.  A quick google search showed over a dozen different US law firms also reporting on the outcomes of the study, many asking drivers to contact them if they had been in a fatigue related crash.

    As an industry we welcome the foresight of these US researchers to explore different aspects of fatigue in heavy vehicle drivers and the safety on our roads. It’s hard to ignore the findings from this study, that if rest areas are spaced more than 64km apart the likelihood of a fatigue related heavy vehicle crash increases seven fold. Therefore in our future fatigue legislation, we not only need science and technology to be the key driver but also a timely investment strategy in well-spaced and suitable rest areas.  This will be a big step in the development of an integrated road safety system that is as safe as we can make it.

    Relevant Links

  • 27 Jul 2018 7:48 AM | Administration (Administrator)

    This week QTA CEO, Gary Mahon wrote an article for Big Rigs (Time for a fatigue overhaul) that is a critical analysis of fatigue laws that have lost their way in managing fatigue in our industry.

    The full article follows and QTA want to reinforce, that with a review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) looking to commence at the end of the year, it is essential that a fresh eyed and independent review process occurs.  As we progress into the 21st century it is critical we have legislation that meets its purpose in place.  After 80 years, we need legislation that reflects new approaches, learning from science, use of technology and fit for purpose.

    The time for independent fresh thinking is now.  This is our best chance to ensure our legislation has moved with the times.

    Our message is Wake Up and Review Fatigue.

    Gary Mahon, CEO, Queensland Trucking Association Ltd

    Time for a fatigue overhaul
    Article published by Big Rigs Newspaper online (23 July 2018) and print

    Back in November 1938 the Queensland Premier at the time The Honourable William Forgan-Smith personally introduced the State Transport Bill which among other matters included driving hours and safety provisions for heavy vehicle drivers.  Hansard records him as saying that this new legislation was to “view the transport position in the light of modern development and community interests” and that “legislation should always have the power to cope with new problems”.

    These newly introduced requirements included a maximum continuous driving period of five and a half hours and not to exceed 11 hours in a 24-hour period.  There was also a defence for drivers if they were unavoidably delayed on their trip.

    Given that the Premier was a no-nonsense kind of guy he was able to describe all these requirements on around one page of the Transport Act.  Some 57 years later in 1995 the Fatigue Management Program (FMP) was introduced into Queensland Legislation by the Hon David Hamill.  The FMP changes were contained to one paragraph, bringing the total amount of Fatigue legislation to about two pages.

    Here we are in 2018, some 80 years since the “Modern” fatigue law about driving hours and rest breaks was introduced. Now a standard day is 12 hours and the FMP has been replaced by Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) and Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM). It takes 141 pages of legislation to describe, and is basically the same concept the 1938 Bill addressed in a little over a page. 

    No one in the industry would argue against the risk of fatigue needing to be managed in a way that protects our drivers and the general community to ensure safe conditions on our roads.

    BUT accumulating legislation over the last 80 years at a 7000% increase in rules and regulations is not the solution. 

    The current system can only be described as a “Roadside Administration Test”.  The fines involved can lead to a driver losing a month’s pay, even if they are not impaired by fatigue. A driver need only tick the wrong boxes, not cancelling a page properly, not sign a page on time, or make a simple spelling mistake.

    The road freight industry significantly contributes to the economy and is a vital industry to all Australian people. 

    If the goal truly is to reduce IMPAIRMENT, we need legislation that is contemporary and responsive to science and the use of technology.

    Compare this to the issue of drink driving. The concept that alcohol impaired a person’s driving ability was noted in traffic laws in the early 1900’s.  However, it was the Grand Rapids study in Michigan in 1964, that finally showed that drivers who had consumed alcohol had a much higher risk of being involved in crashes. Critics of this study suggested, that the results were flawed because researchers could not identify whether or not it was the intoxicated driver who was responsible for the crash. In response, more detailed studies of at fault drivers were conducted in the 1980’s, which not only reconfirmed the relationship between blood alcohol level and crash risk, but also quantified this relationship. 

    This scientifically calculated risk of crash involvement according to Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level, went on to provide structure for traffic laws, offences and penalties that truly targetted impaired drivers. It also underpinned the development of testing technologies from simple blood tests, through to portable and evidentiary breath testing devices.

    Over the last 50 years drink driving crashes have significantly decreased because legislators, scientists and enforcement agencies worked together to quantify and address impairment, rather than simply introducing a log book to record how many drinks a driver had. The use of science and applied thinking brought about a great road safety result and a genuine shift in driving culture.

    What we have today with fatigue risk management and heavy vehicles, is the same thinking that was introduced 80 years ago, only now it is so complex it keeps drivers awake worrying if they will pass the next “Roadside Administration Test”.

    We need an integrated solution that draws on the best science, the use of technology, contemporary legislation, and the provision of infrastructure.  It is imperative that the government provides an appropriate number of rest areas on all major networks.  If it is good enough to mandate a percentage of the road infrastructure spend to public art it is good enough to apply a percentage to new rest areas.

    Eighty years ago, driving hour restrictions and rest requirements were introduced as the “Modern” solution. We need our lawmakers to set a NEW vision for managing the risk of fatigue that is consistent and has practical application across urban, provincial and remote areas of this country.

    There is an Albert Einstein quote that “If you cannot explain something simply you don’t really understand it”.

    Our forbears introduced a “Modern” innovation 80 years ago and explained it simply.  We are well overdue for disruption to this legislation and bring in a new approach that manages fatigue impairment.

    This has been talked to a standstill for too long.  80 years is enough.  We are in the 21st century.

    80-year Fatigue Management Report Card

    • It now takes an extra 140 pages to describe what was once one page (Fatigue law is now 1/5 of HVNL)
    • Now the electronic log book has been introduced (automating the 80-year-old thinking)
    • No introduction of science to the approach (for example eye monitoring, impairment assessment, or testing technologies)
    • A 700% increase in the number of offences - 104 in total (including crossing out pages, failing to tick a day, not signing a page and the list goes on).
    • Enforcement is now applied in 15 minute increments, but appropriate rest areas not available at least every two hours on major networks.

  • 22 Jul 2018 1:50 PM | Anonymous
    What are people saying about our "Putting it on Paper" Workshops around the state?  We have had over 300 people attend our workshops so far and they are being very well received for being practical, helpful and easy to understand. 

    "The Toowoomba workshop yesterday was very well received by all attendees, I know my table who consisted of all long term transport industry owners / managers really appreciated the way Karen delivered the topic at a level that we all could understand and then easily relate it to our daily processes.  This certainly removed a lot of the unknown and fear of the new COR requirements.  Thank you QTA,  for your efforts, I will certainly be passing this workshop information on all that can benefit from it." 

    Just a quick note to congratulate you all on a great workshop presentation in Warwick last night, well done.  Karen , I think the turning point for the crowd was when you spoke about ‘’changing the steer tyre in the desert "

    "Thanks Legends.....Greatly Appreciated !!....Cheers....."

    "We were so pleased we attended. It was extremely well presented and helped us enormously.  Karen Bow did a brilliant job of presenting the facts.  In our case it gave us re-assurance that we were on the right path. She also made herself available to speak one on one to all who required some individual case info.  Lisa Acret was also good to speak to and I found her extremely helpful.  As a result we would like to become a member of QTA."

    Next week's sessions are in Brisbane with only limited places available at Caboolture on Thursday 26th July, 8am-11.00am.  The sessions at The Glen and the Port of Brisbane have sold out.  

    To express your interest to attend an evening session in Brisbane, register here and you will be advised when the date has been confirmed.  

    To find a workshop in your region please click here.

  • 05 Jul 2018 2:07 PM | Administration (Administrator)


    As of July 1st 2018 the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has implemented a change in the training requirements for road transport operators, schedulers and drivers. The new fatigue subjects provide drivers, schedulers, supervisors and managers with information critical to effectively manage the risk of fatigue in road transport operations.

    NHVR have released the following subjects to meet the new requirements and Strategix Training Group are here to help in your company's training requirements.  For more details on the Fatigue courses, please click on the relevant course link below.

    TLIF0006 - Administer a fatigue risk management system

    TLIF0005 – Apply a fatigue risk management system

    Enrol online at  

    For more information, please contact Strategix Training Group:

    E: OR

    Ph: 1300 TRAINING

  • 04 Jul 2018 12:40 PM | Administration (Administrator)

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have designed Tax Time Toolkits to help Australians correctly prepare and lodge their tax returns. In some tax areas, taxpayers are at risk of making a mistake. These areas include:

    • work-related expenses – knowing what you can and can’t claim
    • rental properties – understanding what income you need to declare and what deductions you can claim
    • income – knowing what to declare
    • gifts and donations – knowing what you can and can’t claim
    • record keeping – keeping the right records so you can substantiate your claims and don’t miss out on a deduction.

    The content in the toolkits is designed to be made available to your staff, networks and clients. The toolkits contain a range of information and resources that can be used or adapted for your own communication channels.

    The ATO has tailored a Toolkit specific for the Transport and Logistics industry to support transport and logistic organisations and staff. Download the FREE 28 page - Transport nd Logistics Toolkit now

    Tax Time 2018 Toolkit - General -this toolkit is suitable for all audiences for access to general tax time messages.

    For more information
    If you require an accessible version of these toolkits, or would like some tailored content to share across your communication channels, email

  • 18 Jun 2018 7:29 AM | Administration (Administrator)

    There are some important changes effecting heavy vehicle registration being introduced in Queensland and other states and territories operating under the National Heavy Vehicle Law from 1 July 2018.

    To find out about how these changes will be introduced in Queensland on the 1st July 2018, please download the Fact Sheet

  • 16 May 2018 3:00 PM | Administration (Administrator)

    QTA has a proud history of over 110 years in Queensland of being at the forefront of representing our great industry. This ensures we continue to thrive as an industry that contributes much to our community and economy.

    In partnership with Daimler Trucks and Bus Australia, the Queensland Trucking Association Ltd are proud to offer a Scholarship Program to emerging leaders in our trucking industry.

    Queensland Trucking Association Ltd CEO, Gary Mahon announced today “We are extremely pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with Daimler Truck and Bus Australia and the establishment of the QTA/Daimler Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program.  This program will identify potential leadership talent and provide opportunities to cultivate leadership capability within the industry.”  Mr Mahon said.

    “The establishment of this partnership with Daimler Truck and Bus Australia, affirms our joint commitment to the next generation of industry leaders who will contribute to the future prosperity of the industry.” said Mr Mahon.

    Daimler Truck and Bus Australia President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead says the company is thrilled to back the scholarship program.  “Daimler Truck and Bus is passionate about making the transport industry a destination industry for the best and the brightest young Australians,” Mr Whitehead says.

    “The Australian transport industry can provide wonderful and fulfilling career opportunities for young people and Daimler Truck and Bus is proud to support the Queensland Trucking Association and its exciting scholarship program that aims to further develop emerging talent,” he says.

    The program is open to applicants aged 21+ and is about identifying emerging leaders in the industry, developing their capability to contribute to the productivity, efficiency and safety of their employer/business to lead them into the future.  

    Applications are now open and will close on 31 July 2018.  To apply, or find more out more visit QTA/Daimler Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program.


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