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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.

  • 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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  • The Importance of Wheel Bearing Maintenance

    By: Peter Hart

    August 2014

    I have recently investigated two trailer fires that started due to failed wheel bearings. This has highlighted to me the importance of diligent maintenance and scheduled replacement of wheel bearings. Whilst truck bearings can also fail, it is more common for bearing problems to occur on trailers.

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  • Technical Requirements for Dangerous Goods Vehicles

    By: Peter Hart

    July 2014

    The technical standards required for vehicles carrying dangerous goods (DG) are in the news because of recent announcements that all new DG-carrying tanker trailers in NSW will require roll-stability control systems as of 1 July 2014, and that retrofitting of existing tank trailers will also need to be carried out over a five-year period.

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  • The inimitable Mr. Hogan

    By: Peter Hart

    June 2014

    I first heard about Alan Hogan when I worked in engineering at Kenworth Trucks, about 20 years ago. The discussion I heard was about Mr Hogan’s practice of bending steer axles to change the camber angle. I thought, don’t the axle suppliers know how to set camber already? Apparently not. I heard that some customer-service guys occasionally took problem trucks to Hogan’s Axle Corrections for rework.

    The full answer to the ‘camber controversy’ became clear to me over the next few years. Camber settings need to be different depending upon the shape of, and side of the road being driven. To achieve excellent steer tyre wear, the camber on each side of the front axle needs to be set for conditions.
    I recently arranged for Alan Hogan to talk to at ARTSA’s Forensic Engineering Course. He has more than 50 years of experience of wheel alignment and axle settings on heavy trucks.

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  • The size and character of the Australian fleet

    By: Peter Hart

    May 2014

    The Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association has entered into an agreement with the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS) group to analyse and report on the registration database for heavy vehicles in Australia.

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