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  • 13 Aug 2019 5:21 PM | Anonymous

    Media Release - 12 August 2019

    Expression of Interest

  • 30 Jul 2019 2:28 PM | Administration (Administrator)

    As members know the Maroussia has been strongly arguing for a fair toll on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) over the last several years.

    The earlier indications of what a toll might be and in particular the proposed much larger toll for super heavy (multi-combinations) was unacceptable.

    I am pleased to be able to tell you that Minister Bailey and the Palaszczuk Government have clearly listened and today have announced the toll arrangements which are a good result particularly the dropping of the super heavy (multi-combinations) toll proposal.

    The toll at $22.85 for all heavy trucks/combinations over 4.5 tonne is very comparable to the Gateway Motorway rate.

    The following media release is as released by Minister Bailey.

    Any queries or questions, please give the Maroussia office a call.


    Media Release by Minister for Transport & Main Roads, Hon Mark Bailey - 30.07.2019

     Toll-free opening for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing in September 

    Tolls on the new Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will be free for three months when it opens in early September.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey confirmed the toll free period as toll prices for the $1.6 billion bypass were announced.

    “The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is a world-class road, so we want as many people to come and drive it when it opens on 8 September, just in time for the Carnival of Flowers,” Mr Bailey said.

    “It is a significant piece of national infrastructure that will have an incredible impact on the Toowoomba and Darling Downs regions for years to come.

    “The bypass not only addresses increasing transport demands from the region’s growing population, but will improve freight efficiency, driver safety and relieve pressure on Toowoomba’s roads.

    “The new road means heavy vehicles will avoid up to 18 sets of traffic lights in Toowoomba, cutting operating costs for trucking companies and reducing the crash risk on the Toowoomba Range.

    “Heavy vehicles without a destination in Toowoomba will also be mandated to use the bypass, so that means more trucks out of central Toowoomba so thoroughfares like James Street can be returned to the local community."

    Cars will pay $2.30 to use the new bypass, and Mr Bailey revealed the Palaszczuk Government would scrap the QLD LNP’s plan to make the new bypass Australia’s most expensive toll road for trucks.

    “The QLD LNP’s disastrous 2012 business case secretly planned to make the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Australia’s most expensive toll road,” Mr Bailey said.

    “The QLD LNP have kept their plan for Australia’s highest toll a secret until our revelations this week.

    “The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing was supposed support jobs in the Darling Downs and surrounding regions.

    “Creating the highest toll in Australia would have undermined that job-creating goal.

    “The QLD LNP wanted to charge $34.25 under a new Super Heavy Vehicle class so they could gouge truckies and the freight industry.

    “LNP leader Deb Frecklington, who was Campbell Newman’s Assistant Minister when this deal was done, and Trevor Watts, have serious questions to answer on why they hid their plans for Australia’s highest toll from the people of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

    “We have heard the feedback from industry loud and clear.

    “The Palaszczuk Government won’t support the QLD LNP’s attempted highway robbery.

    “We’ve scrapped their proposed heavy vehicle class and slashed their outrageous toll price.

    “Heavy vehicles will pay $22.85, which is consistent with the rest of the tolled network.

    “We will also build a break-down pad at Gatton to enable road trains to get closer to Brisbane before breaking down.

    “We’re committed to working with industry and my department will hold briefings with road freight businesses on road access and compliance arrangements in the coming weeks.”

    Maroussia Association CEO Gary Mahon said he was pleased with the fair toll price announced for heavy vehicles to use this great piece of infrastructure.

    “Dropping the super heavy vehicle toll will encourage the usage of high productivity vehicles on this major freight route connecting regional Queensland to the Port of Brisbane,” Mr Mahon said. 

    “Carrying freight using multiple trailers means less truck trips, which increases road freight efficiency and safety.  

    “This toll price of $22.85 for heavy vehicles will increase productivity and will energise the economy in the south west region across a number of industries including agriculture and mining.”

    Mr Bailey said annual operation and maintenance costs for the new road were expected to be higher than the amount of revenue it would collect.

    “The QLD LNP signed the deal to establish the Second Range Crossing as a toll road based on massively over-estimated numbers of how many trucks and cars would use it,” Mr Bailey said.

    “The LNP had the chance to make sure taxpayers wouldn’t pick up the bill if their numbers were wrong.

    “They didn’t do that, they're numbers were out by more than 50 per cent and now taxpayers will pay twice, first the $1.6 billion construction bill for the new road, as well as the shortfall between lower than expected annual toll revenue and the road’s operation and maintenance costs for the next 24 years.”

    Mr Bailey confirmed there were no plans for a toll on the existing Toowoomba Range.
     
    Quick Facts:
    Toll charges for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC):
    • motorcycles - $1.15
    • cars - $2.30 
    • light commercial vehicles - $5.70
    • heavy vehicles - $22.85 

    The toll point on the TSRC is located at Cranley, east of the Mort Street Interchange.

    All heavy vehicles will be required to use the TSRC except vehicles with a local destination in Toowoomba, or travelling to, or from, the Warwick area via the New England Highway.

    Vehicles with a destination in Toowoomba (ie to supply goods, services) will be exempt from the mandate.

    Buses, motorhomes and motorised caravans over 4.5 tonnes will also be exempt so these vehicles can continue to stop in Toowoomba and contribute to the local economy.

    TSRC tolling will be managed by Transurban Queensland, trading as Linkt (previously known as govia).

    Motorists with an existing Linkt account, or an account with another Australian toll provider, can use their current payment arrangement on the TSRC.

    The 41km-long TSRC is a $1.6 billion project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.  It connects the Warrego Highway in the east with the interstate Gore Highway in the west, passing Withcott at the foot of the Toowoomba Range and the Toowoomba CBD.

    For more information on tolling and heavy vehicle management arrangements on the TSRC, visit the TSRC website http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/TSRC or phone 13 12 30, anytime.
     
    ENDS


  • 09 Jul 2019 11:05 AM | Administration (Administrator)

    The Maroussia Ltd Annual Industry Awards are the feature of the Annual Dinner & Awards Night acknowledging those who display excellence, dedication and commitment to the Road Freight Industry in Queensland.

    We encourage you/your company to nominate those within your business or industry colleagues who deserve the recognition for their achievement and contribution to the industry.

    To find out more about the 2019 Maroussia Industry Award categories, including selection criteria and how to nominate, please click here.  Alternatively, please download a hard copy of the full Award Selection Criteria and Nomination Form document.

    Note: Awards nominations are open to Maroussia Member companies or individuals from Maroussia member companies only.

    Nominations must close
    Friday, 9 August 2019.

    The 2019 Maroussia Industry Award Winners will be announced at the Maroussia Annual Dinner & Awards Night to be held at the Royal International Convention Centre (RNA Showgrounds) on Saturday, 7 September 2019 (see above).

    Note: Only one Award will be presented for each Award Category.

  • 06 Jul 2019 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    Maroussia CEO's Message - Transporter E-News, 5/7/19

  • 04 Jul 2019 12:16 PM | Administration (Administrator)

    The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has developed a new information campaign to promote safety around heavy vehicles and influence light vehicle drivers’ behaviour when driving around trucks.

    The We need space to keep you safe campaign features three videos which provide some insight from a truck driver’s perspective on how they need space to keep road users safe, with tips on avoiding blind spots, leaving space for turning trucks and overtaking safely.

    In addition to the videos, there are animations, posters and factsheets to support the campaign, all downloadable from www.weneedspace.com.au.

    This is an important safety initiative and we would greatly appreciate your assistance in helping us to extending this message to as many people as possible by sharing the campaign through your own networks and social media channels.

    If you don’t already, please follow us on our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram (@nhvrofficial), and Twitter (@nhvr) to keep updated on the campaign.


  • 28 Jun 2019 12:17 PM | Administration (Administrator)

    This week the Maroussia Board of Directors endorsed the Strategic Plan for 2019-2020.

    The plan outlines the Association's priorities and issues we are continuously focused on to improve industry conditions.

    To read the Strategic Plan for 2019-202 click here.

  • 26 Apr 2019 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    Full list of Maroussia Smart Business Seminars @ BTS2019

    The Maroussia Association Ltd will be launch the Maroussia Smart Business Seminars during the Brisbane Truck Show 2019.  The purpose of the seminars is to provide valuable information and cover topics that are relevant to current and future small to medium business owners.  Small to medium businesses are the lifeblood of the road freight industry and it is the aim of the Maroussia to ensure the success and viability of those business into the future.

      These workshops will be presented by experienced professionals with genuine and relevant industry experience.  Attendees will be provided tools, information and resources to enable businesses to operator more efficiently, productively and profitably.


  • 26 Apr 2019 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    Maroussia Transporter E-News Issued 17/4/19

  • 25 Apr 2019 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    Read all the hightlights of the year from Maroussia President Julie Russell.  Julie was re-elected at President for 2019.

    Maroussia President's Report for 2018 Year - presented at AGM held 16 April 2019.pdf

  • 19 Mar 2019 6:58 AM | Administration (Administrator)

    “Heavy vehicle drivers consistently report that the quality and location of many rest areas is not adequate, compromising the ability to utilise them and to meet the demands of driving hours regulations.” ( 2005 - NTC National Guidelines for the Provision of Rest Area Facilities)
     
    The Trucking Industry for well over 2 decades has researched, formulated submissions, lobbied and debated the topic of Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas, or rather the lack of Rest Areas, and here we are in 2019 with Heavy vehicle drivers consistently reporting that the quality and location of many rest areas is not adequate, compromising the ability to utilise them and to meet the demands of driving hours regulations.!!

    Not only do they need Rest Areas to comply with Work and Rest laws, but more importantly and essentially to Rest and Revive instead of driving whilst Fatigued.
     
    Rest Areas will again feature in “tackling the big issues” at the Trucking Australia 2019 conference in Perth. 

    And in January, Austroads released the re-vamped version of the 2005 National Guidelines for the Provision of Rest Areas.
     
    HV Rest Areas is a perennial  issue that has plans, guidelines and in some cases legislation in place, but after 20 years of submissions, discussion papers, surveys, research and government promises, slow progress has not adequately and efficiently addressed the long term situation of insufficient Rest Areas.  Drivers just need an available decent place to stop, rest, revive and survive – sooner rather than later.

    We do acknowledge that new Rest Areas have been provided over the years, but the fact remains the industry has lost more Rest Areas than gained yet the freight task has increased.

    Some of the Rest Areas were built without trucking industry consideration and cannot be used  by the commercial Heavy Vehicle industry. (Plus not to mention the travelling public using HV Rest Areas as overnight camping sites, some local councils closing areas at night and Rest Areas used as Inspection sites or for Road Base storage).
     
    22 years ago, in 1997 the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Development posed the first step in developing a nationally consistent approach to roadside Rest Areas on National Highways through the release of a Discussion Paper on National Highway Rest Area Policy. This paper briefly summarised the status of Rest Areas policy development in each state and provided a description of state expenditure on Rest Areas maintenance and new developments. It provided preliminary discussion on issues relating to Rest Areas signage, public education, truck drivers needs and the provision of other opportunities for drivers to stop and rest.
     
    14 years ago, in 2005 the National Transport Commission (then the NRTC) developed the National Guidelines for the Provision of Rest Area Facilities.

    The NTC undertook a project to examine road agency guidelines and practices on the provision of rest areas in rural areas and to propose modifications necessary to cater for the needs of heavy vehicle drivers in non-urban areas.

    The NTC guidelines (2005) were based on the then current best practice and taking into account reviews of rest areas in several Australian jurisdictions.
     
    From the 2005 Guidelines……

    2.2 Managing Fatigue
    In order to manage fatigue, and meet the current driving hours regulations, drivers need the opportunity to take rest breaks (both major and minor) while enroute, either on the side of the road or at a designated rest area. Therefore, it is essential that rest areas be appropriately located and provide adequate facilities to assist drivers in managing their fatigue, and to meet current (and future) driving hours regulation requirements.
     
    2.3 Safe Workplace Practices
    The move towards ‘chain of responsibility’ in the road transport arena means that company managers, consignors and drivers each have a responsibility towards the promotion of safe work practices.

    The provision of adequate rest areas and the promotion of their use can help employees in the heavy vehicle industry carry out their work safely, meeting company and workplace goals within prescribed driving hour regulations.
     
    Spacing Intervals in the 2005 Guidelines.
    The majority of Australian polices specify that the average spacing between Truck Parking Bays or Stopping Places should be around 40--60km, with the spacing intervals in remote regions around 80km. In comparison, the spacing intervals for Truck Pullovers in New South Wales are considerably smaller, with intervals of 10--15km proposed on primary traffic routes.
     
    This year, in January, Austroads released the “Guidelines for the provision of heavy vehicle rest areas”.

    The new Guidelines is an updated version to the 2005 National Transport Commission Guidelines incorporating ‘A Proposed HVRA Needs and Prioritisation Methodology’, published by Austroads in 2012.

    “Application of the Guidelines by road managers will assist the freight industry to support safe heavy vehicle operations while meeting their requirements within the prescribed heavy vehicle driving hours regulatory framework.”
     
    Industry lead initiative - Green Reflectors (Originally trialled as Blue reflectors over a decade ago)

    NSW originally conducted a 5 year trial of the reflector 3-2-1 system on the Newell Highway between Gilgandra and Parkes with approx. 35 heavily used informal truck rest areas marked using a system of reflectors.

    In Queensland, the Dept Transport and MainRoads Border District conducted a blue reflector trial involving about 68 sites on highways in the Warwick area and on several sites in the Goondiwindi and Toowoomba areas.

    In the Northern Territory, a trial was conducted involving unofficial truck parking bays between Katherine and Tennant Creek.

    Crash data for the Newell Highway trial showed that there has been a reduction in heavy vehicle crashes on the trialled section of highway over the course of the trial, compared with the rest of the highway, however the NTC view the results as being not of statistical significance.
     
    Rod Hannifey, well known Industry Safety Advocate has recently been featured in the NHVR promotion of Informal truck rest area markings for a place to Rest, Revive, Survive - Green Reflectors.

    Rod is the original driving force behind the trialled Blue Reflector concept. (now Green reflectors) and has successfully promoted the Green Reflector concept across Australia for many years.
     
    Transport Certification Australia (TCA) recently announced it has available usable truck rest area data available with the release of digitised informal rest area information through the Traveller Information Exchange (TIX). This second instalment of consolidated heavy vehicle rest area information is the first time that information about informal rest areas, identified by green reflectors, has been digitised.
     
    The Maroussia has for many years supported and lobbied for more Formal and Informal Rest Areas and upgrades to existing locations
     
    From 2009 to 2011, the Maroussia participated in a joint project with DTMR and NTI which saw Bill Manton (formerly Simon National Carriers), Owen Driscoll (formerly NTI) and representatives from Queensland Transport (DTMR) take to the roads across QLD to GPS log and record available locations suitable for Informal and Formal Rest Areas. The Maroussia assisted with facilitation and support of the project which did see some upgrades to Rest Areas and documentation of possible green reflector rest area locations.
     
    Last year the Maroussia ran a newsletter article on the QLD Government safety upgrade to the Burnett Highway which has 21 sites marked with the Informal Rest Area Green Reflector system.
     
    Informal Rest Areas, while very welcome by industry as the quickest and cheapest option to provide safe stopping places for Heavy Vehicle Drivers, mainly on inland freight routes, there still remains the fatigue factor and inadequate HV Rest Areas between capital cities and major centres.

    Managing Driver Fatigue, Road Safety, and Compliance with the law is imperative to our industry.  Sensible and adequate locations for Drivers to Stop, Rest and Revive are essential to the health and wellbeing of our drivers who work and live on the road.  Rest Areas for Heavy Vehicle drivers are important Road Safety Infrastructure. Strategies to incorporate Rest Areas into Road construction planning is vital as is the commitment of governments to follow through with promises to build Formal Rest Areas or provide more Green Reflector 3-2-1 locations.

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