Redstar Transport's Contributions to the NRSPP & Points of Contact

  • Shane FalkinerNational Safety and Compliance Manager

    Who are Redstar Transport?

    Redstar Transport is an industry leader in interstate road express freight services across Australia. We offer nightly services from all capital cities, to all capital cities across the continent of Australia.

    Our services include, but are not limited to:

    • Time-sensitive road freight
    • Superior long haul road freight services
    • Single, b-double, b-triple, double road train & triple road train combinations

    Our fleet is comprised of 144 prime movers, 466 trailers, 45 dollies and 300 staff (including workshop, admin and drivers).

    What does road safety mean to Redstar Transport?

    Redstar Transport is wholly committed to providing a safe workplace supported by safe working practices and suitable workforce education. We recognise that excellence in managing a safe workplace is critical to the long term success of our business. To help to achieve this, Redstar Transport ensures that each employee’s obligations are clearly defined and understood.

    As such, Redstar Transport works to protect the health and safety of all employees and all persons who may be affected by its business operations and those around us. This includes any contractors, sub-contractors, visitors, customers and members of the public. We are keen to introduce new safety systems into our business if that system has key benefits tied to our safety and values outcomes. Redstar Transport want to lead the way rather than follow or be directed. We believe that practical innovation is the key to transport improvement.

    What are Redstar Transport’s NRSPP road safety commitments?

    1. Support investigations into current driver fatigue management system.
      What aren’t companies that provide over and above “normal” fatigue management processes not recognised for efforts such as, Redstar Transport provides a unique company motel type accommodation for all drivers nationally, no drivers are required (unless unavoidable i.e. breakdown) to sleep in their vehicles. At Derrimut we provide motel accommodation for 20 drivers, kitchen amenity, games and TV facilities, showers, car etc. This a purpose built facility, all Redstar Transport Depots provide the same facilities. Our trucks are fitted with sleepers but are only used as required. Industry needs to decide on EWD’s (yes/no), current fatigue regulations reviewed, are they workable, legal v practicality, and is the OHS model more favorable i.e. WA and more.
    2. Participate in the development of safety systems that make “safety” management simpler i.e. what is our preferred industry measure, is it LTIFR, TRIFR, rolling cycles, or something else? Let’s then all agree on that measure and apply. Including the addition of industry i.e. sub-contractors as part of that measure. Upon completion we could hare approach and develop learnings through a NRSPP webinar.
    3. Provide case studies on particular areas/initiatives we have introduced to make our staff safer and better informed. These include the Redstar Transport Driver App (been in operation for over 6 months and provides our drivers with information from their phone to support them whilst on the road).
      Redstar have introduced a new Incident Management System, online audit tool, training and induction system through one provider. Allows for “in field” recording of incidents, management, correct actions and investigation data.
      Also new MT Data in-cab tablets, safer trucks/trailers and more.
    4. The need to develop strategies and practical solutions on better ways to allow car and truck drivers (including other modes) to interact safety. Redstar Transport are looking to practical solutions to better manage this issue. RST is not particularly interested in “Platooning” or “driverless heavy vehicles” etc., we believe in the now, these ideas will be decades away from any practical solutions, or provide an effective cost to operate.