ALRTA-LRTAQ conference to focus on braking issues

Mark Bailey, Luke Hartsuyker and Sal Pettrocitto among the guest speakers this year

ALRTA-LRTAQ conference to focus on braking issues
Minister Mark Bailey will speak at the event.


The joint national conference held by the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters' Association (ALRTA) and the Queensland Livestock and Rural Transporters' Association (LRTAQ) will focus on issues related to effluent control, local access and mandatory electronic braking system (EBS) including stability control.

ALRTA national president Kevin Keenan is inviting supply chain stakeholders, and livestock and rural operators to join the discussion at the two-day conference starting February 17 in Toowoomba.

Representatives of certain government authorities and industry bodies will attend the event including, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), the Toowoomba Regional Council, the National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

Keynote speakers include:

  • Queensland main roads minister Mark Bailey
  • Federal assistant minister to Deputy PM Luke Hartsuyker
  • NHVR CEO Sal Pettrocitto
  • ‘Heart of Australia’ mobile specialist medical service founder Dr Rolf Gomes.

Keenan says there are differing opinions within the industry and the conference will offer a good opportunity to present these perspectives and discuss potential solutions.

He says while some operators are using EBS technology, there are others who are sceptical owing to their concerns about performance and reliability in remote and off-road environments, and then there are those who have discontinued using this technology due to ongoing problems.

"Our conference session on braking technology will bring together a panel of experts including: the federal standards authority; a technology developer; a trailer manufacturer; a roll-over expert; an insurer; the ATA; and of course transport operators," Keenan says.

"Conference delegates will be able to consider the perspectives of all of these experts during one inclusive session and then have their say about the direction in which we should be heading. 

"This will help us progress the debate and develop an ALRTA policy on this very important issue."

Find out more about the events here.

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