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Premium Funding for Truck Insurance

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Pay your truck insurance premium by monthly instalments

Truck insurance Premium Funding allows a better cash flow for your trucking business, freeing up your working capital for other income-generating opportunities.

Truck Insurance Australia now offers this great service product to all of their clients and is a great benefit to Australian truckies. The Allianz Group backs this product and Australian truckies can get a quick quote online.

Get a premium funding quote along with your truck insurance quote.

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At last a realistic affordable Income Protection for Australia’sTruck owner drivers

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Russell Snibson on the right track solving Income Protection for Australia's Truck Owner Drivers

It is no secret that the Transport Industry in Australia has not been blessed with a wide range of acceptable, cost-effective choices when it comes to insurances.

Most Australian truckies have been made aware of the horrific consequences of a disability from an accident or sickness preventing an owner driver from keeping the wheels turning. Families can be financially exposed and banks can dictate terms over debt while fire-sales ruin existing business and personal equity.

We all know that income protection is a must-have cover for your trucking business, because it generates a personal income stream to maintain family income. It also creates cash flow in the business to employ a sub-contractor to keep the truck wheels turning. The owner driver benefits, and the business stays healthy when the driver isn’t.

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Workcover, if available, has let owner drivers down at times, where cover for sickness 24/7, or accidents outside work hours are not covered. Even if the event of a work accident, common accounting practices lowering taxable income for the truck driver can really hurt a Workcover claim.

At last an Insurer has properly understood the Truck and Transport Industry, and has come to the party with a clear market leader product that is thinly distributed and not widely known in the trucking industry.

Consider:

  • Weekly claim payment based on gross turnover, not taxable income. This allows a higher benefit.
  • No premium loadings for DG, interstate, or manual load.
  • No premium loadings for smokers.
  • No waiting period for 25 conditions. (eg broken wrist).
  • Day 3 cover for a hospital stay.
  • Level Premiums that do not increase every year with age.
  • Affordable realistic premiums.
  • Packaged tax deductible Life Insurance options.

For more information, please contact Russell Snibson:

Ph  0405 182 817

Email:  russell@insurance4blokes.com.au

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4×4 Finance

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

4x4 Finance is available from TruckInsuranceAustralia

Australian truckies have a passion for driving trucks and 4 wheel drive vehicles on weekends or holidays.


Truckies can now get a free online 4×4 finance quote for the purchase of a new or used 4×4 vehicle using the the 4×4 Finance online quick quote calculator will help you decide on vehicle finance repayments.
Click here for a 4×4 Finance Quick Quote

Truckies screen mount VisionDrive roadcam

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

On the road with VisionDrive across Australia

Australian Truckies, have you ever been involved in a road accident and had no means to support your views or been the subject of another irate driver and wondered how you could keep a record of what truly happened?



Consider a VISIONDRIVE In-Vehicle Drive Recorder. Recently launched on to the Australian motor vehicle market, VISIONDRIVE is a reliable, affordable and easy to use road cam recorder for all truck types.

The compact unit, without wires running everywhere over the dashboard, hopefully will become mandatory in all Australian trucks.

The VISIONDRIVE In-Vehicle Drive Recorder, Video, Audio, G-forces and GPS information, is all stored on a memory card for later analysis or playback in the vehicle on the integrated display and provides proof that just might be of assistance to assist you with insurance claims with your truck insurance in Australia.

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The included applications provide PC based video display with Google Maps and you can view where the vehicle has been for up to six months via the stored GPS data.

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR TRUCK

VisionDrive is ideal for the trucking industry (all sizes from LR’s to HR’s), “grey nomads” on their around Australia trip, the family car, taxis, and couriers. Unlike other types of road cam recorder units, the VisionDrive is easy to download and not cumbersome.

With a variety of models and features (including a twin camera unit), including simple legal windscreen mounts and very easy to use software, you can finally protect yourself, your family and your property.

See www.visiondrive.net.au or contact us at sales@visiondrive.net.au

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Truck Insurance Australia when you need it

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Truck Insurance Australia covers Australian truckies with dedicated truck insurance Pic:(ABC News: Laurence Palk)

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From the amazing size and load weights carried by outback cattle trains, the long haul interstate b-doubles that deliver huge volumes of freight to our capital cities and the light rigid trucks which ply their trade in our cities, truck insurance needs to cover a plethora of truck insurance types to blanket specialised truck insurance cover for the needs of the Australian trucking industry.


Truck Insurance Australia has cleverly focused on providing the right truck insurance to cover every contingency that Australian truckies need. While many supposed truck insurance companies cover different insurance markets like boat insurance, car insurance and home insurance, Truck Insurance Australia is dedicated to specialising only in truck insurance and that makes a huge difference in truck insurance knowledge and product delivery.

Over a very short time, Truck Insurance Australia has positioned itself as the truck insurance provider of choice, with the knowledge to handle your truck insurance needs. Get a Truck Insurance Australia quote today by visiting Australia’s specialised truck insurer Truck Insurance Australia (click here)

Australian Truckies quit over cattle trade delays

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

All loaded up and nowhere to go

By David Lewis
Australia’s largest livestock trucking company says cattle trucks are sitting idle in western Queensland, despite the lifting of the ban on live cattle trade to Indonesia.


Road Trains of Australia (RTA) has about 12 trucks parked in Mount Isa and another eight in Longreach. RTA Queensland manager Mike Bailey says most of his clients are still waiting for Indonesia to approve import permits.

“The Indonesian permits ran out on the 30th of last month and they haven’t been renewed and we can’t do anything until they are renewed, so nothing’s changed really,” he said. “We’ve had to deregister a couple of sets of trailers.” Mr Bailey says the delay in getting import permits from Indonesia was too much for some employees.

“They’re just on a minimum wage at the moment,” he said. “They’re not making any great fortune at the moment – it’s a minimum wage while they’re sitting in the yard. “There are some that have left because it’s quiet and they can’t make ends meet with the wage they’re on at the moment.”

Source: ABC News (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/07/12/3267159.htm)

Australian Truckies share the road safely this Easter

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Pic: Google Images

Australian Trucking Association Chief Executive Officer, Stuart St Clair, has called on Australia’s truck drivers to lead by example and drive safely over the Easter/Anzac Day holiday period.


“With Tuesday 26 April being a public holiday, creating an extended five day Easter break, we can expect more cars on the road than usual. Professional drivers know the rules, and we are the ones who should be setting an example for holiday motorists,” Mr St Clair said.

“At the same time, I ask motorists to remember that Australian truck drivers want to get home to their families too, but our trucks perform differently to cars.

“Here are a few tips that motorists can follow to make their trip safer:
• Don’t cut in front of trucks as they slow for traffic lights or when you’re out on the highway. A truck needs a greater distance to stop than you expect, because they are much heavier than cars.
• Don’t overtake trucks when they are turning. Trucks often need to turn from the centre lane at intersections and corners, so stay well back. Remember, if you can’t see the truck driver’s side mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you.
• Please be patient if the truck in front of you slows down when it’s going up a hill; we’re doing our best. If you want to overtake, make sure you can see enough clear road ahead.”
Mr St Clair reminded motorists that this holiday period presents a whole new set of challenges for all road users with school students on their term one holiday break also.

“Motorists often feel under pressure to push on to their destination, even though they’re tired. Truck drivers are legally required to take regular breaks; you should too. The best way we can all get home for Easter is to share the road safely,” Mr St Clair said.

From TruckiesOnline, have a great Easter break

Source: ATA

Australia’s Rural Truckies pay more for less

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Pic: (ATN) Australian Truckies to pay more

By: Brad Gardner

Rural trucking operators will be forced to pay the same road user charge as their urban counterparts despite receiving a significantly smaller share of road funding.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) last week recommended increasing the trucking industry’s road user charge by 2.4 percent to 23.1 cents per litre. If accepted, the proposal will reduce the fuel tax credit by 0.5 cents to 15.04 cents per litre.

According to the NTC, trucking operators need to pay higher charges from July 1 due to greater government investment in the road network. Figures released by the NTC show expenditure on rural local roads between the 2002 and 2009 financial years was $14.64 billion. Conversely, expenditure on urban local roads over the same period was $23.56 billion.

Spending on urban local roads between the 2007 and 2008 financial years increased from $3.57 billion to $3.92 billion, while spending on rural roads went from $2.13 billion to $2.28 billion. While the NTC did not provide expenditure figures for rural and urban local roads for the 2010 financial year, it says spending on urban arterial routes was $5.95 billion. The figure represents an almost $500 million decline over the previous year.

“Spending on roads and bridges across all levels of government has increased significantly in recent years, reflecting initiatives from all levels of government to improve road transport infrastructure,” the NTC says.

Between the 2004 and 2010 financial years, the NTC says governments spent $31.52 billion, compared to $27.73 billion on rural arterial routes over the same period. According to the NTC, rural arterial expenditure increased from $4.83 billion in the 2009 financial year to $5 billion in the 2010 financial year.

“Revenue recovered through heavy vehicle charges contributes to building better and safer roads, such as providing high productivity vehicles with increased access to the road network,” it says.

The Australian Trucking Industry has been given until March 11 to respond to the NTC’s proposal before it goes to the Federal Government for approval. Under changes introduced in 2008, the Government must give the industry 60 days notice prior to making a decision. It must release the data used to determine any changes.

If it accepts the NTC’s proposal, the Government will need to gain the support of independents in the House of Representatives to pass the 2.4 percent increase. The Senate can also pass a disallowance motion to stop the price rise. The NTC says the latest proposal is almost 2 percent lower than last year’s increase (4.2 percent) and .4 percent lower than CPI.

A sub-group of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is currently working on an alternative charging model for the trucking industry, including mass-distance-location pricing.

Under this method trucking operators will pay an individual rather than general fee. Vehicles will be billed based on their mass, how far they travel and the locations they travel through.

$90,000 Back Pay For Transport Workers

Saturday, January 15th, 2011


Twenty-nine Gippsland transport workers are being reimbursed almost $90,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.


The workers – all from the same company – were underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalty rates and superannuation.

After Traralgon-based Fair Work inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, the company has agreed to back-pay all entitlements in full.

The largest individual underpayment was $5700.

The transport company was randomly audited as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s regular auditing activity. In another local case, a South Gippsland manager has been back-paid $13,400 after he was underpaid annual leave entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the employers all co-operated with inspectors and agreed to voluntarily rectify the underpayments, there will be no further action against the companies involved.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” he said.

Mr Campbell says the Agency places a strong focus on educating and assisting employers to understand and comply with workplace laws. “We are serious about our job of ensuring regional communities understand their rights and obligations in the workplace.”

Mr Campbell says employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to their workers.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website – www.fairwork.gov.au to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay. Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation with step-by-step instructions.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.
For translations, call 13 14 50.
Note: We are unable identify the businesses involved or provide additional information on the cases

Australian Truckies Need Rest Changes

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Weather affected Aussie Truckies wait for the highway to open


NatRoad, Australia’s largest road transport association, continues to call upon State and Territory roads and traffic authorities to temporarily relax rest requirements for heavy vehicle drivers affected by road closures.
Recent heavy rainfall and flash flooding has resulted in temporary road closures on critical transport routes in northern NSW and extensive areas of QLD. Heavy congestion around choke points that remain open and recurrent periods of heavy rainfall has further reduced traffic flow.

Given the dire circumstances of flood affected communities and the prospect of further heavy rainfall, emergency measures for maintaining essential freight deliveries must be urgently considered. “Delays arising from road closures can impact on national freight efficiency, causing knock-on effects to other industries and jeopardising the availability of critical supplies such as food, water, sanitary products and building materials to flood affected communities.” said NatRoad President Rob McIntosh.

“Statutory fatigue management systems are designed for otherwise unimpeded driving conditions and can further compound freight delays during the unusual conditions currently affecting road transport operators.

Drivers must be afforded some level of flexibility to ensure that scheduled rest breaks do not prevent freight movements when opportunities to move through flood affected areas are limited.”

In the UK, drivers were recently allowed to drive up to one extra hour per day to improve the efficiency of freight delivery during snowstorms that have had a similar effect on the ability to move freight on critical transport routes.

Australian State and Territory road transport authorities generally have some discretion in the consideration of circumstances that may have contributed to a breach of a driver’s fatigue management regime. NatRoad urges all relevant authorities to be considerate of the circumstances facing heavy vehicle drivers in flood affected areas, particularly those impacted by road closures.