The Conversation, 23 June 2017
It’s high time Australia changed its current road user charges for trucks. The shortfall between the charges for heavy vehicles and the money spent on things like road system maintenance, construction costs, road crashes involving heavy trucks, emissions, pollution and urban road congestion amounts to a taxpayer subsidy for the industry of at least A$3 billion per annum.
Posts from the ‘Freight’ Category
The Conversation, 23 June 2017
The Guardian, 29 May 2017
Frank Black has a simple message for those who predict truckies like him are done for thanks to the arrival of self-driving vehicles: good luck getting tech support in the outback. For more than 30 years the Brisbane truck driver has hauled goods across the vast expanses of Australia, keeping watch for fast-bouncing kangaroos, felled eucalyptus trees, and other natural obstacles littering remote highways that can run for thousands of kilometres without a single bend.
Senate estimates reveal Albury line requires a multi-million dollar fix up to accommodate inland rail
The Border Mail, 28 February 2017
The Department of Infrastructure has conceded there will be a “considerable cost” to improve the Albury line if it is to cope with a new inland rail route. Appearing before Senate estimates in Canberra this week, the department’s secretary Mike Mrdak gave the first indication of work needed on a rail line not up to scratch.
T&L News, 19 January 2017
The first container train travelling between China and the UK has arrived at the DB Cargo UK terminal at the London Eurohub in Barking. The train is operated by the InterRail Group, a multinational transport operator headquartered in Switzerland, on behalf of China Railway subsidiary CRIMT (China Railway International Multimodal Transport). Various freight railways handle traction along the 12,000 kilometre route; DB Cargo is responsible for the section from Duisburg to London via the Channel Tunnel.
T&L News, 17 November 2016
Criminal charges have been laid against Japanese-based company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) in relation to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of cars, trucks, and buses to Australia between July 2009 and September 2012. The matter was before the Downing Centre Local Court [Sydney] for a first mention on 15 November 2016.
The Guardian, 29 October 2016
The world’s leading shipping organisation has been condemned by environmental campaigners and MEPs for its failure to urgently tackle the industry’s impact on climate change, after it agreed only to a partial reduction in harmful emissions from ships.
Crikey, 13 October 2016
It’s quite a sight in Queensland’s Darling Downs when a 747-8 Freighter turns up at a rural airport, and from next month it will happen weekly.
Salon, 12 September 2016
As South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. sank into bankruptcy, the global transport industry has been thrown into disarray. The immediate effects have rankled U.S. retailers, which are waiting for their holiday season merchandise, as well as the many exporters anticipating higher shipping fees. The problem that torpedoed Hanjin, the world’s seventh-largest container shipper, and that imperils the rest of the industry is that it was too bullish and built too fast. Now it’s at the mercy of a supply and demand imbalance — too many ships, not enough cargo.
The Conversation, 15 August 2016
Transport modelling for major road projects like Sydney’s WestConnex and Melbourne’s Western Distributor is at odds with what is known about motorists’ behaviour. A big part of the benefits claimed for new major roads in Australian cities is travel time savings. Evidence shows, however, that instead of saving travel time, these roads encourage us to travel further and often increase car dependency.