The past few months has seen some testing times for all industries and businesses across WA due to a significant downturn in the economy.
The transport industry is not immune and is generally at the forefront of the downturn. There has been a significant increase in transport companies going into receivership Australia wide, most notably, the star business of the Foxtel series “Megatruckers” - Heavy Haulage Australia.
Fortunately, Mother Nature has been kind to our regions, delivering some much needed rain in past few weeks to keep the crops growing. Feedback from customers in our areas shows all crops coming along nicely with some farmers seeing their best results in many years. This is welcome news as the success and activity in many WA towns will be highly dependent on how well the agricultural season finishes to enable some stimulation of the WA economy.
Clarkson Freightlines focus during the back end of 2015 – living our new company mantra of “Driving Professionalism” by focusing on training our people, analyzing our past performance and looking for areas of improvement. As well as allow all our staff to take some well-deserved holidays to ensure we stay fresh and lead the field in regional WA logistics.
*New* Heavy Vehicle Industry Safety and Training Alliance
The new Heavy Vehicle Alliance was formed by a group of likeminded business and industry professionals to address the ‘disconnect’ between obtaining a heavy vehicle driver’s license in WA and actually acquiring the skills and experience necessary to become a safe and professional heavy vehicle operator.
During June, Kris was invited to the second meeting of the newly formed Heavy Vehicle Industry Safety and Training Alliance to conduct a meeting with Senator Linda Reynolds in the attempt of gaining government support and take our proposal to the next level.
Transport industry safety group, Transafe WA has taken the lead in driving safety in WA with their new campaign to improve heavy vehicle safety on our roads by targeting and raising awareness around roadworthiness of all heavy vehicles and driver training.
Every Truck Every Day = Roadworthy
Every Driver Every Day = Trained for the job
Although there are no formal qualifications for professional drivers, (working progress by the Heavy Vehicle Alliance) the campaign is to raise awareness with companies to take it upon themselves and develop/train their operators to a professional standard until such a nationally recognized qualification is available.
After all, better skilled heavy vehicle drivers + well maintained equipment = safer roads for everyone.
Upcoming Transafe Forums
The forums make for a great day of learning as well as an opportunity to network with likeminded individuals who share the same passion for safety and professionalism.
Perth – 7th Forum
Monday 21st September 2015
8.30am to 3.30pm
Geraldton – 8th Forum
Monday 16th November 2015
8.30am to 3.30pm
To register or for more information, please visit the website:
Clarko’s Upskill Profile
The connection between the new Heavy Vehicle Alliance and Clarkson Freightlines came to fruition over the past few years when there was a severe driver shortage in WA as they had been lured up north into the mining boom (interestingly how things have changed recently….).
So we decided to take a different approach and source eager, young talent who were not yet qualified, but allow them the opportunity to upskill and develop into professional operators under the guidance of our experienced staff.
Meet Jourdy Reynolds
Jourdy arrived at Clarkson Freightlines in 2011 with an HC driver license and not a lot of driving or freight experience. Jourdy gained experience driving various combinations locally around Geraldton and buddied up with experienced staff to learn how to operate the Clarkson way.
Jourdy is now one of our most cautious operators, continually striving for better fuel economy from his truck by looking for ways to improve his driving habits.
Meet Grant Cerezo.
Many of our customers know Grant as he was employed regionally by one of Clarkson’s customers, when in 2014 he decided to relocate to Perth and join our team as a forklift operator.
Driven by our company’s continual improvement culture, Grant learned quickly how to handle and load general freight.
Initially Grant arrived with a MR driver’s license, which was then upgraded to a HC open license, and recently Grant successfully obtained his MC licence. Over the coming months, Grant will be venturing out into his old stomping ground clocking up hours of vital driving experience.
Jourdy and Grant brings the total to 5 drivers we have run through Clarko’s upskill program. Some remain loyal and repay the faith and others move on to ‘greener pastures’. As frustrating as this may be given the number of hours we have invested in training, it is great to know that they are hopefully driving on our roads, interacting with the public in the same professional manner in which they were trained.
Let me know if you ever come across a young, energetic person looking for an opportunity to grow professionally in the transport industry.
Elders Farm Weekly Chain of Responsibility Article
We came across an interesting article in the latest Farm Weekly regarding the impact of Chain of Responsibility legislation, particularly on the agricultural sector but can be applied to all sectors that are involved in a supply chain.
Well worth the 5 minutes for a quick read.
To coincide with the introduction of new COR laws in WA, Main Roads, WA Police and the Department of Mines teamed up to conduct a nationwide road blitz targeting heavy vehicle operators, titled Operation Austrans.
A few interesting stats from the Department of Mines historical data during the period of 2005 to 2014:
The graph illustrates a trending increase of incidents in the past few years concerning transport of dangerous goods products.
There are numerous factors involved in these recordings, however by focusing on the areas that everyone can control, allows you to minimize the risks associated with handling dangerous goods.
During Operation Austrans, Clarkson’s fleet was stopped numerous times during the month long series of road blocks and on all occasions, our trucks were sent down the highway with no recorded infringements, defects or uncompliant load restraint or dangerous goods transport issues.
For more information about the Chain of Responsibility, please visit the Main Roads website:
CLARKO’S COMMUNITY UPDATE
And finally some food for thought
Follow the link and take a look at this short video of newly released technology taking innovation to a whole new level.
Samsung’s Safety Truck.
Deployed in Argentina South America and can be used anywhere in the world.
The truck was inspired by the high incidence of traffic accidents in Argentina where narrow and often single-lane roads are the cause of many deaths. Samsung’s research found that almost one person dies in a traffic accident every hour and almost 80 percent of the fatalities are due to drivers attempting to overtake other vehicles and colliding with oncoming traffic.
This innovation by Samsung illustrates the possibilities of technology solving everyday safety issues worldwide.
2015 Country Week Football Wrap
2015 marked the 50th year Landmark has supported country footy around Australia. Experiencing the direct result of their support at Country Week, this is a sensational effort by the team at Landmark.
North Midlands Football League
The North Midlands team unfortunately failed to register a win during their 4 games but remained competitive in their defeats. Ongerup League eventually went on to take out the title, defeating Central Midlands in the Division 3 final.
Great Northern Football League
The boys from Great Northern had a mixed bag of results, finishing 3rd in Division 1 with two wins, one loss and one draw. Unfortunately, they missed out on a spot in the grand final by only a couple of % points, with the South West League finally defeating Upper Great Southern to take home the chocolates for a fourth successive year.
2015 CBH Group Colts Country Week
The Northern Suns have won the 2015 CBH Carnival, defeating Regional Districts by 6 points in the Grand Final. What a promising result for the future of regional WA football, with The Northern Suns team consisting of players from various Northern WA leagues, including Great Northern, North Midlands, Central Midlands and Avon.
S&K Electrical Geraldton Buccaneers
Once again, the Geraldton Buccaneers have proved they are force in the state basketball league, currently holding second position on the ladder with one home game remaining.
We wish the boys all the best of luck leading into the finals series and hope they can go one step further in 2015.
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