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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.

  • 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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  • Chassis rail strength

    By: Peter Hart

    July 2016

    All trucks and trailers carry loads, which stress chassis rails. If the stress is high (> 50 per cent of yield strength) the chassis rails will eventually crack. Chassis rails and the sub-frames that sit on top of them need to have a decent Factor of Safety (FoS) so stresses that occur in service when the truck is bumping along do not reach the Yield level and fatigue cracking does not occur.

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  • Australian heavy vehicle regulation domain roadmap

    By: Peter Hart

    June 2016

    Here is my roadmap describing the organisations and authorities on the Government side that determine the rules in the Australian heavy vehicle road transport sector.

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  • Motor Vehicle Standards Act change proposals

    By: Peter Hart

    May 2016

    The Federal Government has proposed to amend the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA), which defines the Federal Government’s powers to regulate new vehicle supply to the Australian market. The Government proposes to make some important changes, with new legislation yet to be introduced into Parliament. This article provides my assessment of the proposed changes as they affect heavy vehicles.

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  • Safe downhill driving – why we need an auxiliary brake rule

    By: Peter Hart

    April 2016

    One of the most dangerous situations that a heavy vehicle driver is likely to face regularly is going down a long and steep hill. The problem is obvious…

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  • Game-changing market trends

    By: Peter Hart

    March 2016

    In May 2016, ARTSA will host the second Global Heavy Vehicle Leaders Summit in Melbourne. Titled Game Changers, it will once again be supported by Prime Creative Media – marking the third time that our Association has teamed up with the Melbourne publishing house to create a successful international conference.

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