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Wednesday 12 February 2020

ComVec 2020 - solutions for the new decade

ComVec has long been considered the heavy vehicle industry's leading engineering forum for its comprehensive coverage of major technical issues led by the best in the industry.

This year there is another audience joining us - your customers. What's in it for them?

Road transport operators will be heading to ComVec 2020 to talk about the opportunities and challenges to prepare their heavy vehicle fleets into the next decade and beyond.

We'll talk about the latest innovations in trucking and the value proposition for themWe'll address the economic imperative: why it makes good business sense to turn the fleet over sooner. 

And we'll cover setting up a transport business to reap the benefits of an updated fleet - eliminating huge amounts of downtime.

The Australian heavy vehicle market still offers an incredible amount of opportunity for customisation. We'll talk about ensuring a new vehicle is perfectly specified for its role.

The final day is a drive-day where delegates can get into the driver’s seat in the latest vehicles, on a closed test track, in a variety of modular combinations.

ComVec 2020 runs from Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 May at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.


Industry's compliance costs need oversight

Bewildered is how you might initially think restoration project manager, HVIA's Noelene Bradley, Geoff Tillett (TAFE Queensland SkillsTech) and Graham Lockie (Dulux) look.

Quite the contrary - they are actually really stoked with how straight the Thornycroft donor vehicle chassis is.

Graham is also pointing out some forensic techniques to work out the paint colours that have been applied over many years.

Join the Thornycroft Restoration Project - Facebook Group to follow the project


ADR 38/05 – Trailer Brake Certification

Reminder of Evidence Submission Deadline

We would like to remind all trailer manufactures and certifiers of upcoming deadlines regarding ADR 38/05 Trailer Brake certification.

As a recap, the arrangement that was put in place by the Department of Transport, Regional Development and Communities is outlined in the “What’s New” section of the RVCS website dated 22nd of October 2019.

HVIA would like to remind members that the deadline for submitting and having these calculations or additional testing done, must be submitted and approved by the 30th April 2020. 

If you are intending to exercise the “opt in” arrangement under the RVSA, you must submit these calculations (or test results) prior to opting in, irrespective of the deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact our CTO, Paul Caus on 0437 901 669 or

Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants

The Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program supports Businesses undertaking automotive product design and development. 

These may include design, prototype and testing activities undertaken at specialised facilities and service organisations that enhance automotive product design and development process. 

What do you get? Grant funding between $50,000 and $200,000, up to 50% of project costs. 
Close date: 24 Feb 2020 05:00 PM AEDT. 

HVIA State Committee meetings start next week

HVIA has scheduled the next round of State Committee meetings commencing in February.

The February round of meetings will include the latest information on the PBS tyre review, the Productivity Commission Report on National Transport Regulatory Reform, the draft tipper code and the ADR review process being undertaken by the Department of Infrastructure. 

It will also include updates on various technical issues including brake certifications for ADR38/05, trailer wiring harnesses, tag trailers and couplings.

Each of the meetings usually also features a guest speaker. In the case of Sydney next next week that will be Mark Leach from Transport for NSW with a “Top 5” checklist safety campaign for heavy vehicles and the latest on-road enforcement defect notice statistics.

Please follow the links for meeting agenda and registration

Australian Women’s Leadership Symposia 

The Australian Women's Leadership Symposia are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce. 

Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and September, the Symposia are an unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent. Keynote speakers include: Nova Peris, Ita Buttrose, Libby Trickett, Ann Sherry, Catherine Fox, Tammie Matson, Sallyanne Atkinson and many, many more. 

The events will feature a range of presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions covering a highly captivating range of topics. An attendance discount of 25% is currently available by entering code ANSY20 at the time of booking (available until each symposium sells out). 

Assorted Member News

Prestige Hino (Dandenong) was crowned Hino's Metropolitan Dealer of the Year for the fifth consecutive year at Hino Australia's annual Dealer of the Year Awards last week.

Dealer Principal Angelo Valerio described what it meant for Prestige Hino to win five consecutive Hino Dealer of the Year awards.        

“What it means to me is we have achieved a critical mass of employees who have passionately embraced our vision for Prestige Hino to be the trucking partner of choice for Australian enterprise."       

Accepting the Regional title for the second time in three years, Dealer Principal at West Orange Motors, Aaron Daniel, was overwhelmed with gratitude:   “We are so happy to win this award at a time when regional areas are facing a crippling drought and tough economic conditions,” he said.                           

MaxiTRANS is pleased to announce that G&A Lombardi Pty Ltd has joined the MaxiTRANS Dealer Network, distributing the full MaxiTRANS range in Western Australia in addition to its existing product offering.

G&A Lombardi has taken over distribution in Western Australia of the full range of MaxiTRANS leading trailer brands which include Freighter, Maxi-CUBE,Lusty EMS, Hamelex White, Trout River, AZMEB and Peki, made available from its dealership located in Forrestfield.

National Transport Insurance have joined Matt Stone Racing as naming rights partner with their mobile plant and equipment brand, Yellow Cover for the 2020 Supercars season.

With Matt Stone Racing driver Garry Jacobson coming from his family transport company in regional Victoria and team partners Yellow Cover and Kubota specialising in agricultural machinery and heavy equipment, this combination is undoubtedly a perfect fit.

Upcoming events

HVIA State Committee – Qld 

Tues 18 February - 9:00am-12:00pm 

HVIA State Committee – WA 

Wed 19 February - 10:00am-1:00pm 

HVIA State Committee – NSW 

Thurs 20 February - 9:00am-12:00pm 

CILTA Event: Future of Regional Logistics - Evolving infrastructure, technology and workforces

Thurs 20 February

La Trobe University, Wodonga Victoria 

HVIA State Committee – Vic 

Fri 28 February - 9:00am-12:00pm 

ComVec 2020

RACV Royal Pines Resort - Gold Coast 

Wed 13 - Fri 15 May 

HVIA Gala Awards Dinner 

Emporium South Brisbane 

Fri 20 November - 6:30pm-11:00pm 

2021 Brisbane Truck Show 

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Wed 13 - Sun 16 May 2021 


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