Technical conference to cover truck roadworthiness

Technical and Maintenance Conference will feature senior roadworthiness inspectors.

Technical conference to cover truck roadworthiness
ATA CEO Chris Melham.


The upcoming Technical and Maintenance Conference will feature inspectors from three state transport agencies as part of a session dedicated to vehicle roadworthiness.

The Australian Trucking Association say senior heavy vehicle inspectors from New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria and leading transport operators from around the country will discuss common roadside faults, as well as regulatory differences across the states.

ATA CEO Chris Melham says the conference will also help to create greater consistency in the application of maintenance regulations. He says inconsistent treatment of vehicle faults places an extra administrative burden on road transport businesses, without necessarily aiding road safety outcomes.

"We’ve all heard of cases where the same roadworthiness requirement is interpreted differently by jurisdictions or inspectors, leading to confusion," he says.

"Safety is our highest priority on the road. But the trucking industry’s workshops need to know exactly what the standards are, in order for them to keep their fleets in top shape.

"In this session, delegates can bring their questions and constructively discuss these issues with a panel of senior inspectors from three states, so we can work on our common goal of improving road safety."

The session takes place on the first day of the three-day event, which begins on October 26 in Melbourne.

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