30-metre A-Double access between Toowoomba and Port of Brisbane is now via Gazette

30-metre A-Double access between Toowoomba and Port of Brisbane is now via Gazette

For the last 8 years, Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has approved 30-metre A-Doubles to operate between Toowoomba and the Port of Brisbane via Class 2 Permits up to Higher Mass Limits. Like all permit approvals, periodic renewal is required to maintain ongoing access approval. In a move that will reduce the… Read more »

Victoria’s 36.5-metre 85.5-tonne A-Double Networks

Victoria’s 36.5-metre 85.5-tonne A-Double Networks

Building on Victoria’s 30-metre A-Double Networks, VicRoads has published its first PBS Level 3A 36.5-metre A-Double Networks providing access up to 85.5-tonnes. This is a significant development for the road freight industry and High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) access in Victoria as it provides clear direction that HPFVs up to 36.5-metres can now access key… Read more »

Rob Di Cristoforo elected IFRTT Vice President Australasia & Pacific

Rob Di Cristoforo elected IFRTT Vice President Australasia & Pacific

The 15th International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Transport Technology (HVTT15) was held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 2-5 October 2018. Rob Di Cristoforo attended the Symposium to present the findings of his recently published Austroads research on improving local road access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles. During the Symposium, Rob was re-elected to the Board… Read more »

Understanding Low-Speed Swept Path

Understanding Low-Speed Swept Path

As vehicles get longer to increase the operational efficiency of Australia’s road transport industry, one of the points that an operator must consider is how much these longer vehicles will cut in during a turn. Excessive cut-in may restrict a vehicle’s ability to access certain roads. The amount of cut-in that a vehicle causes is… Read more »

Here’s why 34-metre A-doubles have become a thing

Here’s why 34-metre A-doubles have become a thing

Q: How long is an A-double? A: Well, it depends… An A-double is any heavy vehicle combination featuring a prime mover towing two semi-trailers that are connected to each other by a converter dolly. ‘A’ signifies a converter dolly coupling, as opposed to ‘B’ which signifies a direct piggy-back fifth-wheel coupling, as in a B-double…. Read more »

Advantia achieves Quality Management System Certification to ISO9001

Advantia achieves Quality Management System Certification to ISO9001

Advantia has made it a goal over its years in business to produce a high standard of work for customers and provide exceptional customer service. In the pursuit of continuous improvement, at the start of 2018, Advantia set itself a challenge to formally implement a Quality Management System to track, monitor and audit the internal… Read more »

The productivity squeeze in Australian road transport

The productivity squeeze in Australian road transport

I saw this interesting article posted on LinkedIn by NTI’s Adam Gibson and thought I’d share it here. I wholeheartedly agree with Adam’s conclusion. Just a quick article here, I was doing some other analysis and by coincidence ended up with the datasets for the Australian road freight task and employment data open at the… Read more »

Federal Ministers back PBS reform

Federal Ministers back PBS reform

Recently the National Transport Commission (NTC) publicly announced that Federal Transport Ministers had approved the NTC’s recommendations for improving the Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme. The PBS Scheme has enjoyed significant success since 2007 when it was first implemented. NTC Chief Paul Retter stated, “PBS scheme vehicles offer between 15 and 30 per cent more… Read more »

Understanding Roll Steer

Understanding Roll Steer

GIF ‘Tractor Bump Steer’. By Simiprof [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons Advantia has previously written about how suspension performance can affect the outcome of a PBS assessment. In short, the three main factors are roll stiffness, roll centre height and roll steer coefficient. Today we will be focusing on roll steer, sometimes referred to… Read more »

Hume Freeway Access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles

Hume Freeway Access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles

When was the last time you did a road trip between Melbourne and Sydney? If you work in the heavy vehicle industry, I’m sure for some the experience is relatively common. Mine was in early 2013 as part of a project with VicRoads, Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for New South Wales to investigate… Read more »