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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.

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

    By: Warren Clark

    November 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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  • Toll charges on the rise

    By: Warren Clark

    September 2017

    Tolling is a hot topic in the road freight industry. The reason for this is simple; there have been big increases in toll charges for heavy vehicles across Australia. These changes can have a significant impact to the bottom line of transport operators.

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  • Giving the industry a voice on load restraint

    By: Warren Clark

    August 2017

    When it comes to managing load restraint, a practical guide is a critical tool.
    Due to the legal consequences that can come into play, it’s vital that the guide is easily applied to daily use. Transport drivers and operators must be given the opportunity to have their say on best-practice load restraint.

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  • The inappropriate application of anti-hoon laws

    By: Warren Clark

    July 2017

    At the top of our amazement radar this month is the inappropriate application of anti-hoon laws to the road transport industry.

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  • Do you understand privacy when it comes to your business?

    By: Warren Clark

    June 2017

    Safeguarding privacy is extremely important both for individuals and business owners.

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  • Not a hint of chilli - ‘modest and conservative’ is the order of the day

    By: Warren Clark

    May 2017

    Over the past few months, NatRoad has been busy working on a number of key industry and workplace relations issues. Like many other industry associations. our attention has been focused on the four-yearly review of the modern awards, particularly in respect of the transport industry awards.

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  • The case for fair, transparent and sustainable road tolls

    By: Warren Clark

    April 2017

    As of 1 April 2017, heavy vehicle operators using CityLink in Melbourne face a significant increase in tolls, paying up to 125 per cent more during the day under the capped arrangement. Trucks are charged three times the daytime rate for cars and double the night-time rate. NatRoad is concerned that this dramatic increase in pricing will unfairly discriminate against the heavy vehicle industry compared to other road users.

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  • Industrial relations – in the wake of the RSRT

    By: Warren Clark

    March 2017

    Last month, NatRoad welcomed the Federal Government’s formal response to the inquiry into the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO).

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  • Standing up for the industry on truck driver meal allowances

    By: Geoff Crouch

    November 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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  • Truck overcharging must end

    By: Geoff Crouch

    September 2017

    Trucks are critical to Australia’s supply chains. A significant majority of non-bulk domestic freight is carried on roads, and the Productivity Commission has found that only 10 to 15 per cent of the freight task is contestable across both rail and road. Without trucks – there is no supply chain.

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  • Trucking Industry Awards celebrate best practice

    By: Geoff Crouch

    August 2017

    The annual National Trucking Industry Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional individuals and companies operating in our trucking industry.

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  • Key industry focus for 2017

    By: Geoff Crouch

    July 2017

    Strategic thinking is vital for the trucking industry to prosper, and two of the most important focuses for this thinking are for the mental and physical wellbeing of trucking industry members, as well as preparing for technological changes.

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  • The trucking industry needs to work as a unified front

    By: Geoff Crouch

    June 2017

    I am proud to be writing my first article as the new Chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), and I am motivated to face the challenges that come with the role.

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  • A final column

    By: Geoff Crouch

    September 2015

    Following four years as the NatRoad President and eight as a member of our National Council this will be my final column as I have decided not to seek re-election. During this time as President of NatRoad I have had the privilege of seeing the Association go from strength to strength as our industry has gone through significant change.

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  • NHVR progresses road reform

    By: Geoff Crouch

    August 2015

    The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad), on behalf of its members, has been a strong supporter of the importance of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) from the beginning.

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  • Managing staff performance

    By: Geoff Crouch

    July 2015

    NatRoad often gets asked how businesses deal with difficult employees following receipt of an unfair dismissal claim by the employer, after they had terminated the employment of an underperforming employee. Considering the number of unfair dismissal claims that now find their way to the Fair Work Commission, it is a topic worthy of attention.

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