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the world’s top experts in truck technology are going to be in Melbourne
next March creating a great chance for the australian trucking industry
to pick their brains.

                             hen the         have to be satisfied the operation is        is, this is a very good place to start. It will   emissions and making the right choices to               “It’s a very significant conference
                             HVTT 11, the    compliant, customers are driving safety      give operators a clear view of where their        maintain productivity levels.
                             International   and environmental agendas, as well as        fleet may have to go in the future. It’s          Congestion in the major cities is                       with some of the leading thinkers
                             Forum           the ongoing quest for productivity being     important to make those connections and           becoming an issue and is a subject on
                             for Road        pursued by the industry as a whole.          meet those people.                                the horizon of everyone in the transport                            from around the world.”
                             Transport       The HVTT brings together the                 “If you focus on the day-to-day, only             industry in the next few years in Australia.
                             Technology      regulators, the vehicle and component        worrying about today’s delivery, or               In Europe, the situation is much worse,        New environmental rules see California        the transport operators, who learn the
convenes on 14th March 2010 in the lead      manufacturers, key research bodies and       whatever, that’s fine. But, if you’ve got a       the infrastructure used to carry road          leading the way in trying to reduce           lessons of future strategic thinking and
up to the International Truck, Trailer and   other industry stakeholders from around      little bit of time in your agenda to really       freight is being stretched to breaking         both noxious gases in exhaust as well         develop their business to take advantage
Equipment Show there is an opportunity       the globe. They come together and look       think about the future of your business           point and productivity is being severely       as carbon emissions. Concern about            of technical and regulatory change to
to see and hear the latest thinking which    at the global picture, finding out who       and the future of the movement of freight,        impacted by delays caused by congestion.       the environment is very strong among          improve the environmental, safety and
will take our industry forward, according    is leading the field in terms of issues of   this conference will give you a clear idea        Many solutions are being sought and            the voters in California and, as a result,    productivity outcomes required, who will
to Victorian Transport Association CEO       safety, environmental outcomes and           of what will influence that future and            tried in various European countries and        the government has a mandate to force         win out at the end of the day.
Phil Lovel.                                  productivity in relation to heavy vehicle    what you can do as a business person. The         the results of their endeavours may be         the transport industry to reduce its          “This is why the VTA has become
“There are three agendas going on in the     freight.                                     strategic ideas that you hear should help         able to inform Australian operators and        environmental impact. The low emission        associated with the HVTT 11 Conference.
road transport industry at the moment,”      “It’s a very significant conference with     you to develop your business.”                    regulators before our traffic congestion       schemes such as the Long Beach Port           Our members need to get involved
says Phil. “One is productivity and          some of the leading thinkers from around     Fortunately for Australia, many of the            reaches these kinds of levels.                 Authority’s attempt to modernise the fleet    in events like this, as should the
making a dollar, how we can improve the      the world,” says Phil. “The people who       problems likely to afflict our road freight       The debate in Europe is raging long and        of vehicles passing in and out of the port    industry regulators and the equipment
productivity of our businesses. Secondly     were the original architects behind what     industry in the second decade of the 21st         hard about using longer, more productive       every day has met with stiff resistance       manufacturers. It is relevant to all of
we have safety, how can we improve the       became the B double, for instance, will be   century are going to hit other parts of the       trucks on the crowded motorways of             including court action by the Teamsters       them, if they don’t, they will not be on
safety equation and the safety outcome?      coming from Canada.                          globe first. As with the development of           Europe. Those countries with good open         Union. Lessons learned in these schemes       the leading edge and could go the way of
The third one is the environment which       “Out of this conference we expect to see,    exhaust emission technology to reduce             motorway infrastructure are pushing            will inform any authorities here in           the blacksmith and the candlestick maker.
is all about reducing our carbon footprint   amongst other things, a vision for the       the levels of both particulate matter and         for some form of vehicle configuration         Australia wishing to introduce something      We have never seen the pace of change
and being a good citizen.”                   future for heavy vehicles. We will have      nitrogen oxides, the USA and Europe               similar to our B-double or one consisting      similar in the future.                        we have got in front of us now. It is self
The customers of the road freight industry   the leading thinkers out of Europe, the      moved to the lower levels of Euro 1, Euro         of a semi trailer pulling a dog trailer.       “The challenges facing the road freight       evident.”
are also demanding all of these outcomes     people who are actually developing the       2, Euro 3 and Euro 4 well before the              Southern European countries with their         industry now are unprecedented and            The people who are involved in
as they look to improve their own safety     standards for heavy vehicle rules there.     changes occurred here in Australia. This          small medieval towns and small roads           new solutions will have to be found,”         developing the future of the road
and environmental outcomes whilst also       These standards will be mirrored around      gives our smaller transport industry a            are resisting the push by countries like       says Phil. “Adapting and developing           freight transport industry globally will
looking at the bottom line. Working in       the world in the coming decades. If you      chance to pick up on the lessons learned          Holland, Germany and Sweden to change          any transport business to meet these          be in Melbourne for a week in March
this business environment is all about       want to stay on the leading edge of where    by both the equipment manufacturers and           European rules to allow longer multi-          new challenges is going to be vital to        which sees the HVTT Conference at the
balancing competing needs. Regulators        things are going and where that thinking     the operators in dealing with the lower           combination vehicles.                          the country’s future prosperity. It will be   State Library of Victoria, followed by

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the International Truck, Trailer and
Equipment Show at the Melbourne
“We’ve got in excess of 100 significant
international visitors from overseas
who are experts in this field,” says Phil.
“It’s a highly significant event and the
opportunities for both formal and
informal discussions will be there over
four days. It is also at a good lead-in
to the ITTES and we, at the VTA, will
be bringing a number of the experts
attending the conference down to our
pavilion at the show.
“We’ve made a commitment to set up
a full auditorium to run miniature                 “adapting and developing any
briefings from time to time over the
period of the ITTES. We see this as a        transport business to meet these new
package, a week-long series of activities
with the four days of the HVTT and then       challenges is going to be vital to the
three days at the ITTES.”
Registrations for the conference are                   country’s future prosperity.”
showing a good deal of interest both
from overseas and from here in Australia.    of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional      some of the sessions taking place.
The mix of delegates between domestic        Development and Local Government            The HVTT 11 Conference is scheduled
and international is currently around        along with Vic Roads and the                to take place between the 14th and 17th
50/50. This will give anyone attending       Queensland Government are among             of March 2010 in the State Library of
a well-rounded picture of the situation,     the sponsors of the event. Important        Victoria. Events will also be taking place
both globally and within Australia.          decision-makers among the Australian        in the Investment Centre on Collins
Regulators from across Australia will be     regulators will be attending, not only      Street and in the historic Queens Hall,
in attendance, in fact the Department        as delegates, but also as participants in   also in the State Library of Victoria.

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