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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.

  • Unfinished safety business with Vehicle Stability Control

    By: Peter Hart

    October 2018

    In 2008 the then National road Transport Commission released the National Heavy Vehicle Brake Strategy.

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  • Chassis fatigue and factors of safety

    By: Peter Hart

    September 2018

    I recently considered the causes of metal fatigue in a chassis. Metal fatigue is the most common type of metal failure on trucks and trailers.

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  • The greenhouse gas challenge and opportunity

    By: Peter Hart

    July 2018

    Australia has committed to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 26 per cent based on 2005 levels by 2030. If such a reduction were to be achieved by the road freight sector, revolutionary changes in practices would need to occur. I want to quantify the size of the challenge and suggest an industry strategy.

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  • We need a solution to the PBS tyre problem

    By: Peter Hart

    July 2018

    The best technical rules have both a ‘performance-based’ path and a ‘prescriptive / deemed-to-comply’ path. This principle facilitates innovation (via the ‘performance-based’ path) whilst allowing the ‘usual’ solution to be used with minimal cost (via the ‘prescriptive path’). The Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme was developed by the then National Road Transport Commission (NRTC) during the early 2000s.

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  • Heavy-duty tow trucks

    By: Peter Hart

    June 2018

    This article is about heavy-duty tow trucks. It describes the design requirements that designers and operators need to comply with. It also describes the access requirements that are likely to be applied to tow truck operators by state and territory authorities.

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  • Oil, grease and wheel seals

    By: Peter Hart

    May 2018

    Wheel-bearing failure risks bearing failure and wheel fire. This article discusses the types of wheel seals that are used on heavy trucks and trailers and considers the installation and service requirements that they need. It also tackles that age-old question – oil or grease?

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  • Welcome and unwelcome brake applications

    By: Peter Hart

    April 2018

    This article is about the effectiveness of parking brakes and emergency brakes on heavy vehicles. It is also about road crashes. I recently investigated a rollaway incident involving a prime mover and semi-trailer combination. Anecdotally, on average one heavy vehicle rolls away every day in Australia. Of these incidents, one per week requires emergency services intervention. How does this happen? The driver forgets to – or doesn’t want to – apply the parking brakes.

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  • The National Baseline Roadworthiness Survey and its implications

    By: Peter Hart

    March 2018

    During the second half of 2017, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) conducted a ‘baseline’ survey of the roadworthiness of the Australian fleet. Authorised mechanical roadside inspectors inspected about 11,000 individual heavy vehicles in the jurisdictions operating under the NHVR umbrella. The assessments were made against the latest version of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual, which gives guidance on roadworthiness standards.

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  • Workplace Health & Safety rules with heavy vehicles

    By: Peter Hart

    February 2018

    I recently had to find out about the Workplace Health & Safety rules that apply to heavy vehicles with plant bodies. Obligations exist for vehicle owners, suppliers, body builders and drivers. The goal of WHS rules and practices is to avoid accidents and long-term injuries.This laudable goal should underpin all business activities, because the alternative is painful, costly and destroys reputations. This article is a first-pass guide to the WHS landscape for heavy vehicles that have plant equipment attached.

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  • Does age matter? ARTSA’s analysis of the heavy vehicle fleet

    By: Peter Hart

    December 2017

    The Australian Road Transport Suppliers’ Association has been analysing the Australian heavy- and medium-duty vehicle fleet for the past five years using raw data we obtain from the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System. This article presents my assessment of trends that affected the fleet and the size of the market in 2017 – but first, some suggestions that would improve the heavy vehicle logistics industry’s knowledge of itself.

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