Editor’s Note: On the frontline

Without trucks, Australia stops.

This is a commonly heard phrase in our industry according to National Heavy Vehicle Regulator CEO, Sal Petroccitto.

He holds the nation’s essential workers in high regard – including those responsible for keeping supermarket shelves stocked, transporting critical medical and hygiene supplies to support health workers and keeping important industries like construction and energy moving.

While it is true that this global pandemic has brought significant social, economic and logistical impacts to virtually every industry and community, Petroccitto is steadfast in his resolve to ensure Australia’s heavy vehicle sector is prepared to confront the ‘new normal’.

This preparation comes in the form of new measures for the heavy vehicle industry to operate as safely and as efficiently as possible during these challenging times. Creating a culture that embraces change, for Petroccitto, is the way forward.
He has engaged directly with government and industry to collectively progress solutions in an agile manner and has also proven that improved outcomes can be achieved in a matter of days instead of years.

This model of engagement should continue.

Meanwhile, the heads of eight United Nations specialised agencies have issued a joint statement designating eTIR as a key trade facilitation tool which could arguably lead the world as a means to aid freight businesses during Covid-19 recovery.

The UN said that a safe and efficient intermodal transport system is facilitated by the use of UN instruments such as the United Nations TIR Convention and its eTIR system which allow for the movement of cargo across borders without requiring physical checks thus reducing contact between people.

This just one example of an innovative tool gaining international interest in light of industry and government collaboration to support safe and secure transport operations while also limiting the spread of coronavirus.

The most fascinating aspect of this global pandemic is being witness to how industry leaders are adapting for a better tomorrow.

This Editor’s Note was published in Global Trailer issue 55.

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