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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.

  • 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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  • Clean v Green + Paris

    By: Peter Hart

    February 2016

    ARTSA recently heard from Guy Macklan about the difference between ‘clean’ and ‘green’ engines. Recently retired from the role of Engineering Manager at Penske Power Systems (formerly MTU Detroit Diesel), Guy’s knowledge and experience are second to none.

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  • An in-depth look at the Australian market

    By: Peter Hart

    December 2015

    For the last edition of 2015, I would like to use the latest registration data ARTSA has compiled in collaboration with the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS) to explain what is happening in the Australian heavy trailer market. The following information is applicable to trailers with an ATM above 12 tonnes that are currently registered, except for retirements where noted.

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  • Control of in-cabin Vibrations

    By: Peter Hart

    November 2015

    Surprisingly, the Australian Design Rules have never set maximum vibration exposure standards for occupants of truck cabins. Whilst the ADRs seek to minimise road-safety risks, the ‘occupational health and safety risks’ have not been in scope. OH&S risks have traditionally been regulated by the state and territory work safety organisations.

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  • Quality standards, Free Trade Agreements and replacement parts

    By: Peter Hart

    October 2015

    Australia is ill prepared for free trade agreements that might increase the flow of manufactured goods, as it lacks the ‘regulatory infrastructure’ necessary to promote acceptable quality parts being supplied to the market.

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  • Responsibilities of professional modifiers

    By: Peter Hart

    September 2015

    My August article concerned the responsibilities that apply to the owners of newly modified heavy vehicles. This article concerns the responsibilities that apply to ‘professional modifiers’ who charge owners for the work done to modify the truck or trailer. This definition also applies to dealers who arrange for those modifications to be done before a vehicle is delivered to the owner.

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  • What you need to know about modifications

    By: Peter Hart

    August 2015

    Modifications that could affect the safety or legal status of your vehicle must be approved by an accredited engineer. This requirement falls on the operator and not on the company that sold the vehicle. In this article I want to make clear what you should demand to know when you purchase a heavy vehicle.

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  • Why electronic brake control and safety chains should be mandatory on new dog trailers

    By: Peter Hart

    July 2015

    Dog trailers have always been the trailers of choice for local delivery of dry, bulk materials, such as sand, soil etc. They are also used for bulk liquid delivery. There has been significant growth in longer and heavier dog trailer numbers as a direct result of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme, which has ‘unlocked’ four, five and six-axle dog trailer designs.

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  • What the Victorian crash data tells us

    By: Peter Hart

    June 2015

    The Victorian Transport Association (VTA), in association with VicPolice, has been compiling and analysing road safety incidents that involve at least one heavy vehicle with a GVM > 4t.  Periodically, a report is issued that gives an overview of the incidents with all the identifying details removed.

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