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Warren Clark
NatRoad

NatRoad, the National Road Transport Operators Association, was formed in 1994 when the Long Distance Road Transport Association and the National Transport Federation decided to combine their respective strengths to form a new, nation-wide industry association. Current NatRoad Chief Executive Officer is Warren Clark.

  • Black economy crack down

    By: Warren Clark

    July 2018

    When we talk about the black economy, we are essentially talking about people who operate outside the tax and regulatory system or do not correctly report their tax obligations.

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  • Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd When it Comes to Recruitment

    By: Warren Clark

    July 2018

    The total number of private sector job vacancies in Australia in February of this year was nearly 202,000. 

    This means whenever a road transport company goes looking for new staff they are facing pretty stiff competition.

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  • Labor Plan would be end of the road for owner-drivers

    By: Warren Clark

    June 2018

    Australia’s road freight industry quite literally keeps this country moving. On an average day, around five million tonnes of freight are moved within Australia. Over three-quarters of Australia’s non-bulk freight is carried on roads.

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  • Brake tests: breaking down the confusion

    By: Warren Clark

    May 2018

    With the safety concerns in road transport increasing, it’s become more important for the industry to consider how their vehicles perform against safety measures. Poor braking performance is one of these important factors. Between many test systems in place across the country, however, operators are struggling to understand why the results are often inconsistent. In many cases, members have turned to NatRoad to help understand the confusion.

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  • Mandating safe rates:  no model for the future

    By: Warren Clark

    April 2018

    NatRoad has told a Senate inquiry that regulating owner-driver pay rates should be firmly rejected from any future planning for the road transport industry.

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  • Do I have to give my drivers a rostered day off?

    By: Warren Clark

    March 2018

    One of the key benefits to becoming a member of NatRoad is the free-of-charge advice on how to manage your workforce in line with the Road Transport Awards. Every day, we receive a range of enquiries about the entitlements of employees and ways to resolve workplace issues.

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  • The Roadmap to redundancy

    By: Warren Clark

    February 2018

    It is that time of year again. Across most businesses, half-yearly budgets are being assessed and contracts evaluated for profitability rolling into the new year.

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  • Don’t throw stones into other people’s homes

    By: Warren Clark

    December 2017

    It’s been particularly troubling to hear stories about truck drivers being pelted with rocks and other dangerous objects yet again. It’s an ongoing problem. Professional truck drivers, minding their own business, are being targeted with stones, as well as bits of metal and wood. One driver was hospitalised in Moree late last year as a result – it could’ve been far worse.

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  • Addressing an ageing industry

    By: Warren Clark

    November 2017

    It’s no secret that the transport industry is starting to feel the burden of an ageing workforce. The average age of Australia’s truck drivers is now 53 years, and many operators are already finding it challenging to recruit new drivers. Unless we address the problem, it’s fair to say we’re an industry on the verge of an employment crisis.

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  • Straight-forward Chain of Responsibility

    By: Warren Clark

    October 2017

    Do you understand how the new Chain of Responsibility laws will impact you as a business owner? With changes being introduced in mid-2018, all parties in the CoR will be responsible for proactively managing the risks associated with their transport activities. And, with fines of up to $3 million dollars for businesses, it will become extremely important that parties in the CoR identify and manage risks rather than reacting when there is a possible breach of law.

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  • New truck safety laws are coming. Are you ready?

    By: Geoff Crouch

    July 2018

    Truck safety laws are changing and compliance is more important than ever.
    On 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended to introduce a strong primary safety duty, extensions to the chain of responsibility to cover vehicle maintenance and repairs and explicit due diligence obligations on executives. The changes will require trucking businesses and customers to increase their focus on developing and maintaining appropriate safety systems.

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  • A Walk in the Shoes of a Truck Driver

    By: Geoff Crouch

    July 2018

    “And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wond’rous glory of the everlasting stars”.

    These magical words by Banjo Paterson struck a chord with me early on in life and have inspired many a day and night on the road for me ever since. Sadly, much of my time now is spent in the ‘dingy little of office,’ so I thought it was time to walk in the shoes of drivers and spend some time to better understand rest stop quality and shortage, which is becoming a major issue for trucking.

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  • A shining moment for the trucking industry’s finest

    By: Geoff Crouch

    June 2018

    Without trucks, Australia stops. This was the resounding message at the Australian Trucking Association’s annual Trucking Australia conference, held in Canberra in April. This conference was our most engaging and innovative yet, as we welcomed more than 500 delegates to take part in informative sessions, invaluable workshops, the ATA safety summit and networking events.

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  • The next generation leading the transport industry

    By: Geoff Crouch

    May 2018

    The transport industry needs a new generation of leaders to deal with the issues of today and address the challenge of technological disruption.

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  • Towards zero accidents and serious injuries

    By: Geoff Crouch

    April 2018

    Every driver on Australia’s roads has a family and someone they love waiting for them to walk through the front door at the end of the day.

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  • Truck safety is every road user’s problem

    By: Geoff Crouch

    March 2018

    In the 12 months ended September 2017, the number of deaths in New South Wales from crashes involving articulated trucks such as semi-trailers increased from 29 to 54. That’s an increase of 86 per cent.

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  • Meet the trucking industry’s future leaders

    By: Geoff Crouch

    February 2018

    New technologies are disrupting every industry around the globe and the Australian transport industry will never be immune to the effect.

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  • Standing up for the industry on truck driver meal allowances

    By: Geoff Crouch

    December 2017

    Back in July, the tax office announced a rash decision to slash employee truck driver meal allowances. In 2016–17, employee truck drivers were able to claim up to $97.40 per day for meal expenses, on a meal-by-meal basis, without detailed receipts.

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  • Standing up for the industry is what we do

    By: Geoff Crouch

    November 2017

    In early September, the weekend Fairfax papers carried a story on truck safety and recent accidents. Any casual reader of the story would have been left with a very bad – and very wrong – picture of the trucking industry.
    Every fatality on our roads is one too many, and has significant human, social and financial costs.

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  • ATA looks to the future with new strategy

    By: Geoff Crouch

    October 2017

    With the rapid growth of technology, there’s understandably a lot of talk about the future. There are countless articles, government consultations and private sector projects looking at issues such as driverless vehicles, truck platooning, increasing automation and connectivity. But the future is shaped by actual decisions being implemented, not just being talked about.

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