Welcome to OUR ZONE. The email news that keeps you up to date with everything that’s happening between truck and trailer. In these regular updates we aim to share our thoughts on industry news, legislative changes, emerging trends and, of course, new Bartlett product developments.
It’s been a big year at Bartlett.
Here are some of the highlights...

It is critical that regulators engage with industry to strike the correct balance between safety and commercial viability. In this respect, our MD Allan Bartlett was kept very busy during 2017 in his role as Chair of the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association Victoria (CVIAV) advisory committee. Allan and other CVIAA National members partnered or participated in the following major industry events in 2017.

  • Presenter / co-organiser - Heavy Vehicle Modification and Innovation Conference in March run in partnership with the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) at CVIAA’s Melbourne headquarters in March 2017.
  • Presenter - Brisbane Truck Show. ARTSA and the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) held a combined meeting on 25 May to update industry on trends, valuable data and notable safety issues. Attendees included vehicle and equipment manufacturers and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Allan revealed the Practical Guide to the Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) poster and participated in a panel discussion. VSB6 is the transport industry Code of Practice for the modification of heavy vehicles. Allan was a key player in the design and production of the poster.
  • Speaker - Technical & Maintenance Conference (TMC), Melbourne in November (see above photo).
  • Featured in both Diesel and Trailer trade mags highlighting and discussing the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) changes coming in 2018 for the industry.

2018 is promising to be an equally busy year when it comes to Bartlett being a key player in the formulation of policy and useful information and tools for industry.

On the home front, Allan and the Bartlett team spent 2017 updating Bartlett’s unique towbar compliance reports and rating plates (see article, below) whilst also developing the very exciting Bare Knuckle® heavy vehicle towing chain system for impending release. Bare Knuckle® safety chain system will be the world’s strongest dedicated trailer safety chain system. From 2 tonnes up to 50 tonnes, Bare Knuckle is the passive safety system that stands guard, ready to jump into action in the event of accidental coupling separation.

New Bartlett Towbar Rating Reports & Plates to be rolled out in 2018

Keeping on top of vehicle data and safe operating capacities is a constant challenge for fleet operators, especially where trailer towing is concerned.

Bartlett currently leads the industry with its comprehensive range of ADR62 compliant towbar kits which include a customised rating plate and printed report displaying vital rating data for safe trailer towing management. Great products supported by great information.

In January 2018 Bartlett will raise the bar dramatically with the introduction of an innovative and world leading dashboard for safe towing management. Bartlett’s engineering team will generate Towbar Reports that include a tailored graphical layout of the vehicle’s towing limits to help operators understand vehicle and component capacities and to plan safe load distribution.

Please visit our website or phone us if you would like to find out more.

Bartlett will be closing on Thursday 21st December 2017 at 12:00pm and will re-open on Monday 15th January 2017. We would like to thank you for your support throughout 2017 and look forward to continuing this relationship into 2018 and beyond.

Wishing you a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
From everyone at Bartlett.


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