Checklist for New Truck Owners

TruckOwning a truck is a good opportunity for business. Delivering lots of goods safely and reliably over great distances is always an in-demand service.

Auctions are great opportunities for acquiring good trucks. Pickles Auction says that auctioneers give the buyer the benefit of accessing a wide range of available vehicles, but at a considerably lower cost.

You may be thinking about starting your own truck business or adding to your fleet, but before going out and buying one, there are some things you need to consider. The use of trucks and other heavy vehicles are regulated because of the potential harm they pose to other vehicles on the road. There are strict guidelines governing the use of heavy vehicles.

Here are some things you need to check before heading out with your truck:

• Check if your driver’s licence is appropriate for truck driving (LR, MR, HR, HC and MC classes).
• Do you have the right permits? Make sure to have an ABN for your business.
• Update your vehicle’s registration. This applies to new and used trucks.
• Know the additional guidelines for restricted access vehicles (RAV). Your business should comply with fatigue regulations. You should also transport specific hazardous goods according to applicable laws.
• Make sure that your truck complies with standard ratings. Some things to consider are your truck’s gross combination mass (GCM), gross trailer mass (GTM), gross vehicle mass (GVM), and axle and tyre ratings. For other ratings you may have to check with your city regulations.
• Apply for heavy vehicle accreditation (HVA). Your business should have steps in place for fatigue management of your employees and maintenance management for your trucks.
• Obtain a main road permit. This applies to all heavy vehicles, including trucks and other large vehicles. Depending on your type of truck, there may be different applicable fees to pay and conditions to comply with.

Once you’ve submitted and filed all the requirements, it’s time to prep up that truck, load it up and move out the goods. Always make it a priority to follow regulations to avoid hassles to your business.