Australia boasts the largest trucks in the world. They are necessary for negotiating our vast land efficiently and economically.
Trucks provide us access to the goods we demand as consumers, playing a critical part in the lifestyle we enjoy in Australia. Even when goods have been transported by rail,sea or air, trucks still play a vital part in the supply chain by transporting these goods to and from railheads and ports. In fact, almost everything we buy or sell has been on a truck.
- Getting a heavy vehicle driver's licence Information for those that want to drive a vehicle over 4.5 tonnes in WA
- Licence to drive LR (light rigid) class vehicles Infromation on the steps required to obtain a Western Australian driver's licence authorising you to drive LR (light rigid) class vehicles
- Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Operations the body with responsibity for providing safe, efficient and sustainable heavy vehicle access to WA's road network.
- Western Australian Harvest Mass Management Scheme was developed in consultation with industry and grower representatives to cater for the loading difficulty caused by the natural variation of grain density and to provide flexibility in the movement of grains from paddock to receival facilities.
- Western Australia Road and Traffic Information. Information for all WA planned roadworks, closures and events is provided online on a weekly basis.
- WA Metro Freight Network Policy aims to identify and protect the metropolitan freight road and rail network as well as minimise the adverse impact of freight transport noise on adjacent development.
- Running a Trucking Business in Western Australia: A Guide for Owner-Drivers information about the trucking industry as a whole. It will give you an idea of what to look for when you are finding out about the part of the industry that you want to operate in.
Publications & Reports
- An article on Sharing the Road with Trucks 10 quick steps on sharing the road with trucks
- Western Australian Regional Freight Transport Network Plan articulates the Western Australian Government's planning, policy and project priorities to ensure the regional transport network continues to perform effectively.
- Inland Freight Corridor Development Plan Planning studies are currently underway to investigate and test the technical, economic, environmental and social merits and feasibility of the overall PortLink project.
- WA Grain Freight Review an independent review of the Grain Infrastructure Group ("GIG's"), Grain Freight Network Review report. The GIG report is not in the public domain.
- Freight and Logistics Council of Western Australia’s East Kimberley Freight & Logistics Study has arisen from a need to complement proposed investment into the East Kimberley by ensuring that development in agriculture, resources and social infrastructure is sustained by adequate supply chains.
- Reservation & Protection of Land Required for Freight Logistics in WA. The purpose of this document is to provide a summary ofthe planning and environmental decision making process in Western Australia for the Freight and Logistics Council.
- Signage Requirements for Heavy Vehicles in Western Australia with information on Oversized Road Trains, B-Doubles and other Long Vehicles.
- Intelligent Access Program is a national program developed in partnership with all Australian road agencies that uses satellite tracking and wireless communication technology to remotely monitor where, when and how heavy vehicles are being operated on the road network.
- Western Australian Road Safety Services with information and Safety, Awareness, Alcohol and Driving, and link to Drive Safe Handbook.
- National Heavy Vehicle Safety Study Surveying Long Haul Truck Drivers. 1007 long distance truck drivers were interviewed with regard to driver fatigue and the results were compared to an earlier study from 1992.
- The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's (NHVR) Project Implementation Board formed to provide advice on a range of key policy issues including the major differences in the fatigue laws, offence and penalty treatments and annual inspections
- Towards Zero: 2008 - 2020 Road Safety Strategy is anchored in evidence-based research conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). In particular, the research focused on WA's unique road environments.
- RAC Insurance - Safe Roads with information on The Australian Road Assesment Program (AusRAP) which is designed to help the WA State Government ensure that eventually all sections of national highway in Western Australia which score poorly are prioritised for improvements and upgrades.
- WA Police - Road Safety information with information on Crash Causes, Speed Risks, Speed Limits and Vehicle Fog Lights.
- Work Health and Safery in the the Road Freight Transport Industry Report sets out a broad range of activities and strategies to improve the health and safety of Australian workers.
- Main Roads WA: Heavy Vehicle Operations (HVO) Route Assesment Workshop a presentation by Main Roads Western Australia including LGA requirments for Restricted Access Vehicles.
Organisations & Contacts
- Main Roads WA details the system, regulations, and safety guidelines, and gives road works information.
- WA Road Transport Association The Western Australian Road Transport Association (WARTA) is a ‘not for profit’ member driven organisation and is the peak advisory body representing the Transport and Logistics Industry in Western Australia.
- National Transport Commission (NTC) includes news and details of over thirty major national reforms, heavy vehicle standards and registration charges and national road transport legislation.
- Freight and Logistics Council of WA The objective of the Council is to be a forum for industry decision-makers to talk with Government policy-makers at a senior level about supply chain efficiency
- Livestock and Rural Transport Association of WA The Association was incorporated in 1980 with the main objective of promoting the development, safety and efficiency of rural livestock transporting, as well as promoting animal welfare. In 2005 the Association extended its membership to include rural bulk carriers.
- The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) with information about motoring in WA Including finding finance, buying a vehicle and maps.