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Talk to your terminal manager before April

Written on the 5 March 2013 by ACAPMA

Petroleum distributors and cartage contractors, who are yet to meet new Safe Load Pass (SLP) compliance standards, are being advised to consult with terminal managers to determine what further action can be taken.

With the commencement date of 1 April 2013, for new SLP compliance on exhaust shielding and park brake door alarms, some companies are finding that complying is problematic due to several reasons including: limited ability to take vehicle combinations off the road; contractor and parts availability; as well as the updating to new equipment during this time. ACAPMA is suggesting that operators who may not be fully compliant by the deadlines meet with terminal managers to discuss options or face being turned away at the terminal gate.

“Our concern is that come the April 1st deadline many companies, not for the want of trying, may be turned away from loading at terminals,” said Mr Nic Moulis, ACAPMA CEO.

“Being told that a vehicle combination cannot load is not only awkward; it creates stresses for drivers, is inconvenient for customers and will impact fatigue management or chain of responsibility requirements.

“It falls upon each terminal manager to decide what safe practise at their location is and how the SLP requirements will be enforced.

“That is why ACAPMA recommends that businesses are proactive in detailing to the terminal managers any concerns they have in taking the required actions.”

ACAPMA has been working with SLP management in an effort to provide feedback from the industry on matters of concern. Whilst understanding the safety requirement, ACAPMA members are concerned that the timeframe for change has not allowed for them to schedule work that fits their delivery requirements.

“All discussions with Don Inglis, SLP Manager at SLP, have been open and productive,” said Mr Moulis.

“We were encouraged that SLP had moved the exhaust shielding compliance from 1 January 2013, to 1 April 2013.

“It is now hoped that SLP and terminal managers work on an individual basis, with our members, to make sure everyone remains safe and no one is disrupted.”

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