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Peter Hart
ARTSA

The Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association was formed in the mid 1980s with the vision of being the technical resource for the road transport industry in Australia. It seeks to bring together manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, parts and services to the road transport industry to promote safety, productivity and the general reputation of the industry. Current Chairman is Peter Hart.

  • Fire and flame retardant conduit

    By: Peter Hart

    July 2017

    ARTSA recently proposed that polymer conduits that are used to protect main electrical cables should have flame retardant properties.

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  • Hooray for the Braking Guide

    By: Peter Hart

    June 2017

    The Brake and Stability Guide for Heavy Vehicle Combinations was released at a ceremony at the Brisbane Truck Show in May.

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  • Some key requirements in the modifications code – VSB6

    By: Peter Hart

    May 2017

    ARTSA, in conjunction with the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Australia (CVIAA), recently ran a ‘Modifications and VSB6 Review Conference’. We did so with the active support and participation of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) office.

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  • Road-friendly suspensions and the great airbag controversy

    By: Peter Hart

    April 2017

    Road friendliness depends upon the size of the peak force that is transferred to the road just after a bump is experienced and how fast subsequent force peaks decay. Vehicle Standards Bulletin 11 gives a definition of road friendliness and describes the testing that can be used to prove that a suspension is ‘road friendly’ (see my November 2016 Prime Mover article for details about road-friendly suspension testing).

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  • The nuts and bolts of things

    By: Peter Hart

    March 2017

    The long-term reliability of bolted connections will often depend upon the correct combination of bolts, nuts and washers for an application. With a large selection of different sizes, strengths, thread types and head types, knowing what the markings mean and what the tightening torques are can be the difference between keeping a vehicle on the road and finding a vehicle at the repairers. This article is intended to inform you about the common types of fasteners that are used in our industry.

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  • A roadmap for truck replacement parts recognition

    By: Peter Hart

    February 2017

    Australia has failed to develop effective certification procedures or technical standards for safety-related truck and trailer replacement parts. The states and territories regulate in-service vehicle standards. They rely upon the general principle that modified vehicles must continue to comply with the Australian Design Rules, but their rules were developed for new, complete vehicles and they are not in a format that can be applied to safety-critical replacement parts.

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  • Heavy vehicle manufacturing in Australia – the silent achiever

    By: Peter Hart

    December 2016

    I have had enough of economic commentators telling us that there is no manufacturing left in Australia. Australia has a skilled and resourceful design and manufacturing capacity for heavy equipment.

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  • In-cabin noise

    By: Peter Hart

    October 2016

    In-cabin noise is an important influence on the driver’s comfort level. The driver’s seat is a workplace and the driver is likely to spend up to about 60 hours per week sitting in it. So what is a legal level for noise and what is a comfortable level?

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  • Time for new dimension limits

    By: Peter Hart

    September 2016

    Australia has been ‘harmonising’ its design rules with the UN ECE Regulations, in line with international harmonisation. But, vehicle dimensions or axle mass limits are not stated in the ECE Regulations. Australia has been busy liberalising its combination vehicle length laws but the basic dimensional limits have not been reviewed.

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  • Technical requirements for Dangerous Goods trucks

    By: Peter Hart

    August 2016

    Trucks that carry dangerous goods must operate under the conditions specified by the various State and Territory work-safety authorities. Unlike in the general truck domain, the Federal Government (Vehicle Standards Section within the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) do not regulate the technical standards applicable to the risks arising from the cartage of dangerous goods.

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