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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.

  • 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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  • Roadworthiness proposals and risk reduction

    By: Peter Hart

    May 2015

    The NTC and NHVR are currently developing new proposals, which Ministers have not yet considered, to improve the average state of roadworthiness of Australian heavy vehicles.

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  • Roller-brake testers, standards and inspection manuals

    By: Peter Hart

    February 2015

    Roller-brake testers are used by authorities to check truck and trailer brake performance. Portable units are used for roadside enforcement (see photo) and permanently installed units are used in test stations. These units often also have a ‘shaker’ function to allow for suspension and steering tests to be carried out.

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  • Market and fleet trends

    By: Peter Hart

    December 2014

    ARTSA has just published the third quarter report on the size and nature of the heavy vehicle fleet. The report is available for free on the ARTSA website to those who register. The statistics are derived from the national database of registered heavy vehicles that are compiled routinely from the State and Territory road agency data (NEVDIS). ARTSA gets selected data from NEVDIS each quarter and then analyses it to allocate a consistent registration charge code and function.

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  • How risk is assessed and controlled

    By: Peter Hart

    November 2014

    Work Safety Authorities require employers to provide a safe workplace, but this does not mean that it is impossible for an adverse event to occur. What it does mean is that hazards need to be identified and the risks controlled. A completely different approach is used when risks are to be controlled by regulations. I will illustrate the different approaches by considering the case for mandating safety chains on dog trailers.

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  • Electrical fault finding

    By: Peter Hart

    October 2014

    Modern vehicles have an impressive and increasing number of electrical systems. The mechanic cannot ignore electrics because there are not auto-electricians waiting in the wings.

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  • Retreaded Tyres

    By: Peter Hart

    September 2014

    I recently met Matt Backhouse, the Manager of Ron Finemore Tyres in Laverton. Matt is an expert on retreating tyres. It’s part of his job running this Michelin accredited retail outlet and retreading facility. I learnt a lot from Matt.

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