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I have recently returned from Sydney where I attended quite possibly the last meeting of national council. No, it wasn’t a destructive meeting and no, AITPM isn’t on the path to insolvency (in fact on the contrary, it was a very productive meeting). But quite likely, and before the next meeting in Perth in July, the transition from our long standing incorporated body status to a company limited by guarantee will be complete. When the final documentation is submitted and approved, AITPM Inc will become AITPM Ltd and national council will become the Board of Directors.

It was quite timely then that at the national council meeting in Sydney, Associations Forum provided national council with training in directors’ responsibilities.  
I find this all quite exciting but I also recognise that the path we have followed has thrown up some interesting challenges. I recall concerns that the move away from the governance structure we all know (and the possible introduction of an Executive Officer) might signify the end of the strong volunteer base that we have developed over so many years. But from what I have seen, there is no evidence to support these fears. Indeed, while at the meeting in Sydney I saw examples of commitment that gives me confidence that the future of AITPM is very much in the hands of its members. These are worth mentioning.

On Saturday morning we met in Arup’s office (thanks Arup for the use of your boardroom). Past national president Andrew Hulse was on hand to open the office, allow us access to the elevator and get us settled. Then around mid-morning YPN member Chris Roberts arrived to take coffee orders and went off up the street to buy them for us. Thanks guys for giving up your Saturday Chris has featured at our meeting with Tim Boxall (both YPN) who delivered an excellently prepared business case for the preparation and delivery of podcasts for AITPM members (look out for this over the next month). Keeping with the Arup theme, on Friday we had a teleconference with Zoe Wilks who as you must know is our very committed conference convenor in Perth. Zoe has undoubted drive and enthusiasm and (together with her conference team) has clearly devoted a lot of her own time to make the next conference a huge success. Well done Zoe.

Last month we announced the Ted Huxtable Research Grant. This is a fantastic opportunity for members and to encourage quality submissions we have removed the age/experience restriction and extended the closing date for submissions to the end of May. The notice is again included in this newsletter.

Finally, the Easter period is upon us. I urge members to use the roads with extra care and above all, take time to re-charge your batteries. While relaxing, make sure you register for the conference.

Andrew Leedham
AITPM President
Who are the gate keepers of transport opportunities?

At the IPWEA conference there was some interesting feedback on a comment in my presentation, that we have to be aware of where various ‘gatekeepers’ of transport may become dominant in their area.

With a range of companies looking to offer mobility packages that cover all forms of transport, the traditional role of the fleet manager may move more to contract management rather than procuring and servicing their own vehicle fleet.  It is not just mobility companies.  Large goods suppliers are looking to offer a complete service from buying items on line to having them delivered.
If a company becomes dominant in the market it can become the gate keeper of services. That is, they are the ones who control those services you can access and at what reasonable price.

If you base the services you offer your organisation based on a strong dependence on an agreement with a ride sharing company, for example, this may seem economical in day-to-day operations, but have you taken into account that they may implement surge pricing that has seen a 60km trip in Sydney cost more than $800 and is not clearly defined?  Furthermore, if a company chooses to become the supplier of a wide range of goods and also develops the transport system that it insists on you using, then the cost of the goods is only part of the equation.

Ride sharing and active transport 

A concern with ride sharing operations such as Uber and Lyft, is that by being so easily available, they may encourage people away from walking and cycling.  I used an Uber the other day and the driver told me that he had a fare recently that was only 600 metres long and the passenger was a young, apparently fit, person.  

The cost was $6.00 which is not good for the Uber driver (by the time that is taken to get to the job and then find the next one), and the situation was exacerbated when the passenger asked if the driver could give him a bottle of water. (Alan Finlay wants to know if the passenger needed a drink to refresh him from the exertion of using his mobile to summon the Uber).

Taking up the fight for Raphael 'Raphy' Gennaoui

You may have seen the following item recently in the regular column by popular Fairfax sports writer Peter Fitzsimons:

Raphael ‘Raphy’ Gennaoui. The one-year-old son of Phil Gennaoui (Lindfield Rugby Club – 2005-2010, 100 games, 2008 Richardson Cup premiership winner – fourth grade) has been fighting for his life since birth and he is now nearly two years old. Lindfield Rugby club is having a fundraiser to help the Gennaoui family with their considerable medical expenses. It’s on Thursday, May 24, at Manly Golf Club. Google and go-go!

Raphy is the grandson of AITPM Past President Fred Gennaoui and Mary whom many people know well. 
You can read about Raphy’s battle at Help Raphy Defy the Odds.

NZ ITS conference 

While in New Zealand I managed to catch the last session of the ITS NZ conference. They had a marvelous range of speakers including quite a number from overseas. Here are some of the issues that were raised.
Global positioning accuracy and its impact on transport.

Graeme Blick, Group Manager Positioning and Resilience LINZ, talked of a new system to improve the accuracy of global positioning.  If you pay for setting up a system that uses a special satellite, you can get an accuracy down to about one metre from the current level which is about 5 metres..  The benefits of this, he claims, are wide spread.  For example:
  • Railways could use the system to keep track of rolling stock and determine which track a train is on.  This could aid plans to remove the expensive signaling system.  It could also allow for trains to run closer together and thus increase the capacity.
  • Airlines could use the better accuracy to fly in more adverse weather conditions (especially when landing) and increase the capacity of airports and reduce the height clearance to other planes.
  • When coming from the airport to Auckland’s CBD we went through a tunnel where you were not allowed to change lanes.  This means you want good information to position yourself in the right lane before you enter the tunnel.  More accuracy would not only tell you which lane to be in but also if you are in the wrong lane.
  • A user charge system can work better with increased positional accuracy, including telling if a vehicle is using a particular lane which may be restricted to certain vehicles or if, as a priority lane, it has a higher charge for use.
  • If you can tell if a vehicle is in the wrong lane this might allow for information to be given, in real time, to tourists who may be on the wrong side of the road.

The most unfriendly road for autonomous driving? 

Is it a road or is it a railway? Here is a picture that was shown at the ITS conference that indicates some of the difficulties in creating an autonomous vehicle that fully understands the whole situation.

NZ ageing fleet

The average of vehicles in NZ is 14 years.  NZ has a well-defined process for importing second hand cars, the great majority of which come from Japan.

In 2017, 108,516 new cars were sold in NZ while 165,621 used cars were sold.
The newer the car the more likely it is to have enhanced safety features.  In NZ, since 1990 there has been a steady drop in road fatalities although in recent years this trend has been reversed.  The crash rates have not dropped at the same rate suggesting that the protection of passengers has been quite significant while the prevention of crashes has not been as prevalent just yet.  Alternatively, the active safety features are helping to reduce the severity of crashes.
The average age of cars could be exacerbated by the improving reliability of vehicles and the increasing number of electric vehicles that have far fewer moving parts.

Updating vehicle software 

Tesla now claim that the cars they sell now have the hardware necessary to be fully autonomous.  They hope, in the near future, to have the software that will make autonomous driving achievable.  This is an example of how the car you buy now may be improved with software upgrades in the future.  With artificial intelligence gathering and interpreting information, a car may be at its least efficient and least safe level at the time it rolls off the production line at least in its capability.  Its ultimate safety is still dependent on the owner keeping it in good conditions including the brakes and tyres.

"Why are road safety experts distance from technology benefits?"

Iain McGlinchy, the Principal Adviser of the NZ Ministry of Transport, made some forthright statements about the lack of consideration of technology in road safety strategies.

He says that he felt that when you raised issues of how technology could help reduce the road toll with road safety experts, you usually get blank stares.

In his opinion, no-one in road safety has a technology plan.  It would be fair to say that we are aware of the move to modern features on cars but are we letting this be run by the manufacturers and are we slow to make a contribution in this area?

Iain raised a number of issues that are now getting some carriage.  New technology has made cars more complicated and drivers are not aware of, or know how to use, the benefits of the vehicle. We need to consider how we train people to make the best of their vehicles before we get to a fully autonomous situation.

Another problem is that technologies such as automatic emergency braking operate in different ways.  The speed at which they start and stop operating is the most common difference.
Part of the problem, Iain thinks, is that road safety has long been in the hands of Police and road engineers who are often dealing with the immediate problems rather than a long-term vision.

This is not to say that traffic engineering and road safety are totally separate entities.  Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is now providing far more information on events that are happening on the road and thus identifying more accurately blackspot locations.
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As well as the annual National AITPM Awards, this year we have three additional awards and offers available in conjunction with our Conference!

WA University student opportunity

This year, we have partnered with the University of Western Australia and Curtin University to offer students the opportunity to attend the 2018 National Conference! The prize for each recipient includes registration at the 2018 AITPM National Conference in Perth including all social networking events.  Three lucky students from UWA have already been chosen to join us at the 2018 National Conference but there are still are five spots available for Curtin University students!

Diversity Grant

Diverse ideas and perspectives are vital to AITPM’s success. This year, we have partnered with the Department of Transport, a key supporter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace to cover the cost of conference attendance for ten (10) people from diverse backgrounds and/or marginalised groups. Each grant recipient will receive registration at the 2018 AITPM National Conference in Perth including all social networking events.

Local Government Opportunity 

The 2018 Conference Committee is endeavouring to make sure the conference is as useful and informative as possible for the Local Government Authorities. So this year, we are offering an exclusive opportunity to any Australian LGA.

The first four LGAs that purchases three or more full conference tickets will have the opportunity to put forward a street or place within their LGA that you feel requires revitalisation/ attention. On Friday 27th July 2018 as part of the Transport Planning stream workshop, we will dedicate half of a day’s time from industry professionals to this matter. During the workshop, attendees will listen to representatives from your LGA discuss the key issues and concerns before breaking up into teams for the session.

The AITPM National Conference transport planning keynote speaker Paul Steely-White from Transport Alternatives (NYC) will host the workshop and support the teams during the session to ensure a targeting response. At the end of this session, all teams will be invited to present their concept design to key decision makers from your LGA with a recommended consultation and implementation plan.

To take advantage of this offer, simply register for three or more full conference tickets and reach out to us with your proposed street or place at (noting that this is a first-in, first-served opportunity so please get in quick!)

These offers are available for just one more month (closing 31st April 2018) and the relevant flyers can be found on the award section of our conference website


Registrations for the 2018 conference are now open with early bird specials available until the 24th May 2018. Please note that if you would like to take advantage of one of our exciting tours on Tuesday 24th July, we recommend completing your registration early as places are strictly limited and its first-come-first-served.

Don’t forget to check out our Destination page for exclusive travel discounts, if you would like to extend your trip to Perth, bring over a friend/ partner or just treat yourself during the conference! An exclusive program for partners of delegates is coming soon.


Conference Sponsors

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18 April
Citizen Jane Movie Screening

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5 April
Young Professional's Career and Networking Evening

19 April
Pub Trivia Night

3 May
Minister's Budget Luncheon
AITPM is proud to announce this inaugural research grant in the name of Ted Huxtable.

Ted Huxtable was AITPM’s first life member who passed away in 2014 at the age of 88. Ted was also NRMA’s first traffic engineer who was pivotal in guiding the organisation’s policies in traffic engineering, transport planning and road safety. Ted was a devoted AITPM member and he bequeathed $10,000 to the Institute on his passing.

The Grant
The purpose of the Ted Huxtable Research Grant is to foster research or investigations into emerging areas of interest to the traffic and transport industry. The desired outcome of these investigations will represent leading edge efficiency, safety and/or sustainability and have clear and direct benefits to the Australian transport system and its users. The research may be conducted in Australia or overseas.

The research work will be presented by the successful applicant(s) at the AITPM national conference in Adelaide in 2019.

AITPM will make available a total of up $10,000 in grants to be awarded to one or more successful applicants.

An application may be received from an individual AITPM member or a team of members. Applicants may collaborate with employers and/or industry partners and seek additional financial or in-kind sponsorship or support to leverage the grant. Applicants shall have at least one year of relevant practical experience in the transport industry, shall have at least 2 years’ membership with AITPM and commit to remain a member for 1 year following the completion of the assignment.

Applications must state the aim of the research investigations and clearly state the desired/expected outcome and be delivered to the National Administration Officer ( by 31 May 2018.

Members considering applying should advise the National Administration Officer as soon as practical so that appropriate guidance can be provided in preparing the formal application.

The applications should state:
  • Name, address and contact details of the applicant(s)
  • Current state of employment and employer
  • Names of associated partners
  • Statement of research objectives and expected outcomes
  • Location(s) where research will be undertaken
  • Why this work is important and how it can benefit Australia
  • A detailed methodology and work plan
  • How it is proposed to collaborate with employers and partners
  • A schedule showing key milestones and completion date
  • Estimate of costs and expenses and level of financial support provided by the applicant/partners together with an indicative cash flow
  • Contact details if working overseas.
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with AITPM prior to preparing a submission.
Assessment of applications
Applications will be assessed by a sub-committee nominated by AIPTM national council. Applicants may be required to provide additional information if requested or attend an interview. The decision of national council will be final.
Administration of the grant
The proposed research should be completed within 6 months of award unless a longer period is negotiated with AITPM at the outset. Progress reports shall be submitted on a fortnightly basis together with any relevant documents. The grant will be made available in increments commensurate with the cash flow forecasts provided with the application.  Evidence of expenses incurred shall be provided in support of claims.
AITPM has maintained a strong relationship with the NZ transport group which was formerly known as IPENZ.  It has now changed its name to Transport Group New Zealand.

They have just held their annual conference this time in the beautiful location of Queenstown on the west coast of the South Island.  With an opening event on Tuesday and then three days of conference they packed in a wide range of subjects.  The program can be found here.
AITPM representation

AITPM grant winner Tabitha Yeoh and two past national presidents, David Brown and John Reid at the Transport Group NZ Conference.

As we have done for many years, AITPM awarded a trip to the conference to a promising young professional from Australia.  Tabitha Yeoh was this year’s winner. 
Tabitha’s academic background is in Urban Planning and Design and she is currently employed as a Graduate Transport Planner at Jacobs, in Melbourne where she has worked in transport planning as well as modelling across a wide variety of modes.

Several AITPM members from Australia attended the conference and many people spoke positively about how the two organisations can work together.

AITPM Excellence Award winner representative Murray West, MRCagney mentioned that there were some particularly interesting presentations on the ‘link and place’ topic, which were similar to their topic at the AITPM conference last year. It was good to hear some different perspectives.

Engagement – An emerging theme from the conference
Keynote speaker Rod Cameron was an integral part of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuilt Team (SCIRT).  He describes how this came about and the ongoing value the experience represents.

I was in the process of returning to New Zealand when the September earthquake happened. In December of that year I was appointed to lead the rebuild of CCC horizontal infrastructure.

Immediately following the February 2011 earthquake, I became part of the team creating SCIRT, then Value Manager on its inception. That role is within the Management Team of the $2bn-plus programme of horizontal infrastructure repair and rebuild projects. 
My role includes establishing the value framework and reporting SCIRT performance against it, leadership of programme risk and the capture of innovations.

As SCIRT draws to a close I am championing the learning and legacy of the organisation for Christchurch and New Zealand.

As a major player is a disaster reconstruction project, you might think he has to have a character similar to that which Hollywood created for General Patton.  Hard, tough, take-no-prisoners and preferably wearing dark sunglasses.

Now there is no doubt that Rod is a strong leader and a practical engineer who gets to the point start and is not afraid to make decisions but he presentation centred on the need for engagement with a wide range of people and organisations and knowing and appreciating the strength of others and the value of working with people.

The value of engagement become one of the strong themes of the conference.

Engagement can mean different things to different people but it is not focusing on presenting a lecture and then have a short time for a few quick questions.

In his presentation and in conversation afterwards Rod emphasised that the principles of engagement which were a critical part of achieving reconstruction projects to re-build the community for reconstruction or a community.  His enthusiasm and ultimately the joy he expressed in bringing people together was worth more than any process that is full of buzz words but lacks humanity.

Various presentations spoke of ‘consultation’ and these are fine, but there were also some ideas and stories that take up Rod’s point about engagement in the wider community and that the principles of good engagement in transport can be applied across all aspects of life.  Here are a few points that arose during the course of the three days:
  • In a conversation at the breakfast on the first day, Steve Dudley from Auecon spoke of how virtual reality provides the opportunity to get real feedback from people.  This is more than showing an ‘artist’s impression’ of a new project and asking people if they ‘like’ it.  Virtual reality gives a chance to experience the finished project and reflect on how they feel when they ‘walk’ through the project.  The potential feedback is much more than “Oh its seems OK”. 
  • Louise Baker from WSP/Opus gave a paper which deserved to have an award for the best title, which was “Alligators, jazz, shared mobility & TDM”  …   It was about her attendance at the ACT conference in New Orleans. Louis said that we need to make sure we are telling stores not just giving facts.  We need to get people emotionally involved before we start bombarding people with information.  Louise also noted the development of the Blue Zone Project.
  • John Reid’s paper at the conference “Big Data -Size Isn’t everything” was particularly well received and was seen as an important step in engaging with your data. Quite often we are not close to or engaged with the data that we are used.  John’s paper was a continuation with a subject he raised at the 2017 AITPM National Conference about ensuring you have data that measures what you think it is measuring and that enough time and effort has been made to identify and remove any false recordings.  There was spirited conversation in question time and a number of people have made a commitment to keep pushing this issue.  John will be presenting further research in this area with a paper at our 2018 conference in Perth.
  • Toward the end of the conference the presentation “Road Safety – Education or Engagement” led one senior professional to say that he is thinking about how the behaviour change principles that were used to develop a better way to give road safety messages made him think about how he could apply them in dealing with his son who is going through an interesting time. This reinforced the belief that good transport principles on engagement are founded in the better ideals we have in all forms of interaction.
A lead in to our National Conference

One of the papers to be presented at our National Conference in Perth in July 2018 is titled ‘Autonomous vehicles - Devil in the detail’. It is about the need for good traffic engineering approaches to support the introduction of autonomous vehicles.

At the Transport Group conference in NZ, a number of papers addressed this issue.  Pippa Batchelor from 3M gave a compelling presentation titled “Connected Roads - Enabling Intelligent Infrastructure”. Simple things like the quality of line marking have been raised in the past but Pippa added concern about the ‘visibility’ of line marking by autonomous technology on concrete roads, at night and in wet weather.  The issues we have had in the past and the need for quality glass beads to be imbedded in the paint are now taking on a new dimension.

3M is also looking at signposting that sends messages to the car technology which cannot be seen by the vehicle passengers.

There is also signposting, that when accurately located can send GPS coordinates to a vehicle for it to calibrate its own system.

We will be talking more with 3M about these issues in the lead up to our conference.
The Changing nature of trucks and truck driving - engagement not confrontation

In our last newsletter we noted how Hino trucks had released new vehicles with a strong focus on road safety. 

Scania has now launched a new generation of trucks across its whole range. 
At the launch we had a chat with a range of their international executives that covered their strong push into sustainability in all its forms and the design of trucks that have to serve the drivers and operators but also the community in which they work.

We began with a conversation with Alexander Mastrovito, their Head of Sustainability for Asia and Oceania.

DB: A trucking company having a sustainability manager.  Is this a term that wouldn't have existed 10 years ago?
AM: Absolutely and I see this as one of the first tell-tale signs that this is something that is becoming more and more integrated into our industry.  It doesn't only exist as a headquarters’ position but also out in all the different markets where we operate.  Sustainable means different things to different people.

DB: There is both the environmental issue and there's also the business sustainability.  Is that a balance you have to work to?
AM: Absolutely. And it's not only those two where we talk about sustainability. We have to take into account the economic side of it; the environmental side of it; and also the societal side of it so that's the kind of three pronged theory that we usually work from.

DB: And what you learn can be benefits that you can share with your customers, big companies, in terms of recycling and things.
AM: Yes, for sure. When we look at our customers as well. If we seem to be doing something then we're doing it as a drive or a shift as a collective. So it's not just lip service.
DB: Because you're getting such telematics data it's no longer that you sell a truck and then you might see the customer in month’s time for a service. This has changed the relationship with customers.
AM: The traditional way of doing this business, you could go for months, even years without meeting your customer.  Once they bought the truck you would not have contact with them for a long time. They might even disappear completely forever. But now with connected vehicles we have a constant interaction with them. If you add on top of that, driver training with coaching then you might see yourself talking to each and every customer on a monthly basis. So it's completely different. It's much easier. And of course, that's beneficial to us but I think it's beneficial to the customers as well that they know that they will be taken care of throughout the life cycle of the vehicle.

The full interview can be heard at
The changing relationship between driver and manager

We then spoke to Martin Toomey, the Director of sales in Australia.  He made a number of very pertinent points.

The amount of information coming from the truck has changed the way that drivers and managers interact.  
It is no longer just opinion but there are specific numbers that say how well the truck is being driven.  This has removed some of the adversarial interaction between managers and drivers.

The nature of the driving task is changing. 

No longer are you sending a driver out and not hearing from him or her for 10 hours.  In the past the driver had to handle situations as they arose but now the manufacturer and the operator are getting information about the truck in real time. 

Drivers are now being less of the lonely maverick and more of having to interact with changing schedules and other operational issues.

There is also a concern that I raised at the IPWEA conference of swamping the truck driver with too much information so that they no longer listen closely to what is being communicated.
Directions in truck design - serving drivers, customers and the public

Recently Tesla showed the world its new electric truck.  It looks different on the outside, and inside the driver sits in the middle. It was a classic Tesla launch that seem to say this is a whole new future.

And in a number of ways it is.  
But traditional truck companies have been continually developing their designs in the multifaceted nature of serving customers, looking after drivers and interacting with the community. At the recent launch of Scania’s new range of vehicles, I spoke to Kristofer Hansén ,Scania’s Head of Styling and Industrial Design who came to Australia for the launch.  Here is an edited transcript from the conversation.

DB: You said in your launch that the first thing you looked at was the driver. Is that a major component of this generational change for Scania trucks?
KH: Yes you can see the driver or the human. I mean there's a lot of parts involved in the truck business. You have the driver of course, but you have the customers that could be the owner of the fleet and then you have the people on the street who see this beast and they also make some sort of summation of it. But the most important for now it's absolutely the driver of course.

DB: I'll come back to the word "beast" in a moment but I think you've increased the space for the driver both in driving and sleeping in, if it is that sort of truck.
KH: Yes we did. We moved the driver seat forward as far as possible and we made the instrument panel much, much thinner. So the steering wheel goes forward and then of course we get more space in the back.

DB: But also you're talking about visibility for the driver.
KH: Yeah when we lowered the IP [instrument panel] we moved the "A" pillar backwards to where you sit in the front seat.

One interesting thing here is that a lot of concept trucks put the driver in the middle and say that is the best because it's a cool sketch, but to sit in the middle you have long distance to the A pillars and to the corners.  You don't really know exactly where they are. So what we saw about this research was really what is a big job to do that, a lot of that, the more closely you put the driver to, (in our case in Europe and Sweden the left corner, in Australia the right corner), the better control he or she can have of the vehicles. So it's the opposite in the middle, it is the worst. So if you sit close to one of the corners you know exactly what the other corner is. You can feel the road below. 
But traditional truck companies have been continually developing their designs in the multifaceted nature of serving customers, looking after drivers and interacting with the community. At the recent launch of Scania’s new range of vehicles, I spoke to Kristofer Hansén ,Scania’s Head of Styling and Industrial Design who came to Australia for the launch.  Here is an edited transcript from the conversation.

DB: You said in your launch that the first thing you looked at was the driver. Is that a major component of this generational change for Scania trucks?
KH: Yes you can see the driver or the human. I mean there's a lot of parts involved in the truck business. You have the driver of course, but you have the customers that could be the owner of the fleet and then you have the people on the street who see this beast and they also make some sort of summation of it. But the most important for now it's absolutely the driver of course.

DB: I'll come back to the word "beast" in a moment but I think you've increased the space for the driver both in driving and sleeping in, if it is that sort of truck.
KH: Yes we did. We moved the driver seat forward as far as possible and we made the instrument panel much, much thinner. So the steering wheel goes forward and then of course we get more space in the back.

DB: But also you're talking about visibility for the driver.
KH: Yeah when we lowered the IP [instrument panel] we moved the "A" pillar backwards to where you sit in the front seat.

One interesting thing here is that a lot of concept trucks put the driver in the middle and say that is the best because it's a cool sketch, but to sit in the middle you have long distance to the A pillars and to the corners.  You don't really know exactly where they are. So what we saw about this research was really what is a big job to do that, a lot of that, the more closely you put the driver to, (in our case in Europe and Sweden the left corner, in Australia the right corner), the better control he or she can have of the vehicles. So it's the opposite in the middle, it is the worst. So if you sit close to one of the corners you know exactly what the other corner is. You can feel the road below. 

DB: You mentioned the word “beast”. There's now the environmentally sustainable issue. There’s an image there as well that you don't want to see the truck as a place for the cowboy driver.  Do you want to see it as pleasant for potential customers but also for the public?
KH: Yet but it's funny since I started at Scania I got this question: "The next truck you will do. Will you make it very soft and look nice?" But it's a little bit strange, if you're standing on the roadside and there's a vehicle coming and it looks like a friendly, then you want to pass [cross] the road because you think that's cool and then come 60 or in Australia 200 tonnes they can't stop. So it’s better, I think, that you understand when you look at it “okay, be a little bit careful this is big, it's heavy” but it shouldn't look aggressive.  It shouldn't look mean.  It's like a 'good' beast but you have to know it's a beast, extremely heavy. So it's just a little bit the same with the car design and electric cars that some years ago everyone who designed electric cars made them very soft and a little bit funny. And then the Tesla comes and that looks almost a normal limousine, a sports car kind of car. And people say "oh lovely but it just looks like a normal car". There's nothing electric with that. So it's the same with the trucks. I don't think that will change that suddenly you get trucks that look like small babies. Why should they.

DB: Evelyn Waugh wrote a book where he talked of a lady who dressed in fairly severe tones and said "she dressed to inform not to attract".
KH: It could be yeah yeah
The full interview can be heard at

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The Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) is an initiative delivered by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to help prepare for the arrival of new vehicle technologies with safety, mobility and environmental benefits on Queensland roads.

The objectives of the CAVI project are to:

Validate the impacts and benefits, and user perceptions
  • Demonstrate technologies and build public awareness and uptake
  • Grow the Department’s technical and organisational readiness
  • Encourage partnerships and build capability in private and public sectors.
A Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) Pilot will be undertaken as part of the CAVI project – currently the largest on-road testing trial in Australia of cooperative vehicles and infrastructure.

Held in Ipswich next year, the C-ITS Pilot will involve around 500 vehicles and infrastructure that can ‘talk’ to each other. The larger CAVI project will also test a small number of cooperative and highly automated vehicles on South East Queensland roads
Dr Miranda Blogg, Director of the CAVI project, and former President of AITPM Queensland, is leading the team responsible for the CAVI project.

“These C-ITS devices work by providing safety warnings to the driver about a range of conditions – for example, a pedestrian crossing at a signalised intersection, a red-light runner or a queue ahead that isn’t visible to a driver”.
 “Our interest in testing these vehicles is to help understand the implications for our infrastructure and drivers, and the improvements to automated vehicle performance when the vehicle can talk to other vehicles and infrastructure,” Dr Blogg said.

 “These rapidly developing technologies have the potential to significantly reduce crashes and crash-related gridlock, as well as reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use over coming decades.

 “While industry is leading the development of advanced vehicle technologies, the success of these will rely upon connecting to our existing traffic systems” said Dr Blogg.

The future of C-ITS presents many challenges, such as security, privacy, location accuracy and user acceptance. However, CAVI will lay the technical foundations for the next generation of smart transport infrastructure by focussing on:

Developing policy to support positive outcomes
  • Supporting regulation, legislation, licensing and possible certification and testing
  • Managing infrastructure, data and system integration
  • Conducting pilot projects and feasibility studies.
For more information on CAVI, visit

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Safer roads in cities are possible, but politics holding us back, says report

Cities Can Have Safer Roads; The Misperception That They Can’t Is Killing Us,” a joint product of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), examined the political obstacles to building safer streets and enacting broader, pedestrian-friendly reforms. One of the core issues researchers found in cities across the globe was prioritization.

“Every year, 1.25 million people are killed and 50 million are injured in traffic collisions, mostly poor, working-age males in lower income countries walking, biking, or cycling to work”.

 You Want Congestion Pricing? Be Specific.

Advocates believed they had finally found common ground with state and local politicians in support of charging drivers to enter Manhattan during peak hours, an idea first fleshed out in 2008 during the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Now it seems unlikely that 2018 will finally be the year of congestion pricing: Last week Assembly Democrats advanced a terrible plan that would only levy a surcharge on taxis and for-hire vehicles—hardly a congestion pricing plan or sound policy. And the clock is running out on the state budget process that will decide the fate of the plan put forth by Fix NYC in January.

But as New York’s transit crises and traffic jams continue to get worse, congestion pricing will undoubtedly remain an attractive concept that an adroit politician will eventually shepherd through Albany in some form. Unfortunately, that’s the problem. We need to talk about congestion pricing not as an abstract idea, but as a set of discrete and thoughtful plans.
German experts recommend major revamp of Queensland's public transport

German public transport experts have recommended an overhauled, integrated public transport system for south-east Queensland after they found a culture of mistrust between Queensland Rail and the transit authority TransLink.

The recommendations come from a stage one report, which has already been given to the Queensland government, from the man given the task 13 months ago to completely change Queensland Rail.

What regional NSW transport will look like in 40 years
Driverless cars, electric vehicles and drones are the future of the NSW Transport system in regional NSW, according a 40-year blueprint unveiled by the government.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey released the Future Transport Strategy in regional NSW, outlining the State's commitment to long-term growth and connectivity between regional communities and industry.

ITS Australia and iMOVE CRC launch MaaS research project
ITS Australia, together with the iMOVE CRC (Cooperative Research Center) consortium, has launched a project to better understand what Mobility as a Service (MaaS) means for the country and, most importantly, what Australians think about the concept.

AIT Mobility launch platform to make pedestrian crossings safer
Traffic safety researchers at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Slr Engineering have launched a tool that aims to evaluate the safety of pedestrian crossings and make them comparable as part of a research project.

The innovation is based on complex algorithms that measure the behaviour of each vehicle and pedestrian. It is designed with the intention of capturing the readiness to stop objectively and over a longer period.

Towards Safe System Infrastructure: A Compendium of Current Knowledge
Austroads has released a compendium of knowledge on Safe System treatments which identifies real world experience in the practical application of solutions that can mitigate crash severity.

The Safe System is internationally regarded as the best practice approach to road safety. Although Australia and New Zealand have been early adopters of the approach since 2004, there has generally been a lack of clarity amongst practitioners on how best to integrate the approach into their daily activities.

Assessment frameworks and tools are also now emerging that allow the alignment with Safe System be better quantified. A hierarchy of treatments is described that provide practitioners with a basic understanding of the types of practices that should now be applied on a trajectory towards a Safe System. Primary treatments are capable of virtually eliminating death and injury and certain supporting treatments can transform the network a step closer to reducing the overall harm being caused.
Victorian branch meeting – International Women’s Day

The AITPM Victorian Branch hosted its first International Women’s Day event. The event was a joint event hosted by AITPM , Institute of Transportation Engineers and Transport Australia society (TAs) and was sponsored by Austraffic. The event was held on the eve of International Women’s Day and attended by approximately 80 people from across the industry.

The event was chaired by Rachel Nicholls, Chair of the Consult Australia Victorian Committee and a Principal and Australasian Board Member at Arup. Louise Gartland, Executive Director People Culture and Strategy, VicRoads: and Jodie Le Senior Advisor Organisational Design and Architecture spoke about recent achievements and efforts to achieve gender parity at VicRoads and across the transport portfolio.

Dr Collette Burke Victoria’s first Chief Engineer was the key note speaker at the event. She spoke about her vision and objectives for the role of Chief Engineer of Victoria and her views on the challenges and risks for Major Transport Projects in Victoria. She also shared her thoughts on improving diversity and participation of women in engineering.

QLD Walks and Pedbiketrans event (7 March)

More walking – best steps to make it happen.  Presenters included Bronwen Thornton, Kylie Nixon and Jerryn Zwart.
Victorian branch meeting – Transport for a growth city

On Thursday 22 February the Victorian branch held its first event for the year. The theme for the event was transport for a growing city. The focus of the event was how major state government departments, authorities and agencies are planning and delivering infrastructure to cater for the city’s ever increasing transport task and needs.

James Mant, Manager of  Planning Projects at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning spoke about Plan Melbourne. Plan Melbourne is Melbourne’s planning strategy which sets the strategic planning direction for Melbourne for the next 30 plus years. Bill Sibahi from North East Link Authority provided an overview of the planning challenges associated with the North East Link project. Bruce Hunter, Acting Director Urban Renewal at the Victorian Planning Authority provided an overview of the role of the VPA and how they work with key stakeholders. Bruce also provided an overview of work recently done around Sunshine.

The event was all attended by AITPM members and transport professionals. A total of fifty people attended. It was a great way for the VIC state committee to kick of its events for the calendar year. 
Fancy dress at the Transport Group NZ Conference
The Transport Group NZ have a tradition of encouraging fancy dress on the night of their Conference Diner.  You don’t have to do it but it is fun to see the efforts people made. 

The theme was that of the conference “Past Present and Future”.  One person went as Jesus and I inadvertently asked where he represented the past or the future (the second coming).  He replied “I am the same yesterday, today and forever”. 
I could only apologies for my lack of faith.  He did notice that I was the only one still wearing my lanyard with my name on it.  I said I did it for him so that he would remember me in paradise.  John and Ros Reid sought his blessing. 

Urban Guerrillas - but in a nice sense  

Little more than a year after one lucky Alphington bus stop had its last “guerrilla renovation” – when it was transformed into a 1970s living room – it's been re-imagined once more, this time as a surf shack, complete with ocean views.   Read more
National Platinum Sponsors
National Sponsors
Major Branch Sponsors
  • Main Roads Western Australia - WA
  • RAC of WA - WA
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - SA
  • RAA - SA
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads - QLD
  • PSA Consulting - QLD/NSW 
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) - NSW
  • Traffic Engineering Centre - NSW
  • VicRoads - VIC 
Branch Sponsors
  • Arup - NSW
  • Bitzios - QLD
  • City of Gold Coast - QLD
  • Point8 - QLD
  • PTT - QLD
  • Donald Veal Consultants - WA
  • GTA - WA
  • GHD – SA
  • GTA - SA
  • Tonkin Consulting - SA
  • O’Brien Traffic - VIC
  • Trafficworks – VIC
  • TraffixGroup – VIC
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