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Isuzu calls out safety and compliance issues

Isuzu is leading the charge in advising transport operators to consider safety compliance regulations in its operations

Isuzu Australia is advising businesses not to neglect safety and compliance as central to their operations moving forward, as the vehicle group is emphasising the two key pillars.

Although Isuzu says that doing more with less has become a mantra in recent times due to the shake-up of daily lives that turned businesses towards efficiency and return on investment, national sales manager Les Spaltman says businesses must also keep safety in mind.

“The challenges of recent years have certainly highlighted the value of getting more milage out of every asset purchase,” he says.

“We’ve seen many businesses stripping back operations to their upmost efficiency, while also seizing the opportunities available.”

In its own Future of Trucking research report, Isuzu says that 22 per cent of ute owners were prepared to make a bigger commitment to their businesses and upgrade to a truck that would better serve the demands of the application.

Also found in the study was that 65 per cent of business owners felt it more important for new trucks to be pre-built and ready to drive away compared to custom-built trucks, leading to Isuzu pioneering its Ready-to-Work (RTW) range.

Isuzu says its RTW range covers all bases from bodies to custom fittings, while many of its RTW models can be driven on a car drivers’ licence.

While the road transport industry is also focusing more and more on chain of responsibility measures, Spaltman says the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is prosecuting these breaches actively.

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“This poses a significant issue for many businesses and our study shows that smaller fleets are in a particularly vulnerable position,” Spaltman says.

“As our report states, 35 per cent of small fleets are completely unprepared for or unaware of their requirements.”

A particular section of chain of responsibility law that Spaltman wants customers to focus on is mass loading, as he says it’s where smaller fleets draw unwanted attention of regulatory bodies.

“Fines can run between $50,000 and $500,000, so the cost of complying with regulations should really be a non-negotiable expense for any transport dependent business,” he says.

Isuzu says it will continue pushing customers and transport businesses to consider safety and compliance with laws under its latest marketing campaign ‘Playtime is Over’.

“If you want to stay on the right side of regulations while reducing trips and achieving better milage,” Splatman says. “Then it’s definitely time to update the ute and get yourself in an Isuzu RTW truck.”

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