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.
Charting uncharted territory

With imminent changes to chain of responsibility laws, operators will have additional factors to consider to ensure compliance.

As such, the new updated customer Bartlett Data system (towbar rating report and compliance plates) were recently featured in the Trailer Magazine highlighting the issues and steps involved with meeting the new CoR laws. The Trailer Magazine feature focused on how unique Bartlett towbar reports bring clarity into an area of management that is often misunderstood. Bartlett Equipment will launch a new detailed support system designed to assist operators in safely setting up their trucks to tow trailers. Click on the link below to read the full story.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)

Bartlett MD, Allan Bartlett recently attended and participated in the combined ARTSA and NBTA meeting with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in Brisbane. The meeting identified and discussed key disruptors and the innovation challenges that are facing heavy vehicle industry. NHVR also presented and discussed their national Performance Based Standards Report a joint report by the NHVR and ARTSA.

Heavy vehicle towbar news from New Zealand

Photo: NZTA Media Release

Radio New Zealand has reported: "A second engineer has been suspended amid safety investigations into broken and cracked towing connections on heavy truck-trailers. Before this latest suspension, more than 1400 trailers had already been taken off the road for checks, repairs and replacements. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said it now recognised it had "issues" with its certification system."

Radio New Zealand touched on the wider industry issues within New Zealand: "The wider issues are that trucks have been allowed to get bigger, while at the same time the rules have been getting looser: For instance, truckers no longer need to get semi-trailer kingpins checked at 100,000km like they used to. In addition, the New Zealand Standard that governs engineering quality is seen by some in the industry as being weak, and some engineers prefer using the Australian Standard."

Towbar rating plates –
New online portal

Bartlett towbar rating plate and report applications now available via the Bartlett website.

A new portal for towbar rating plate applications is now available at the Bartlett website. The portal is designed to help process rating plates quickly and efficiently for the fastest possible turnaround.



The BARTLETT team would like to thank all those who came up and said hello, and learnt more about our products, brand and team at the inaugural MEGATRANS 2018 held in Melbourne last month. The BARTLETT team really enjoyed the conversations and insights learnt from engaging and networking with industry all under one roof. 

“Any event where transport and logistics productivity, safety and efficiency are discussed will only benefit the whole industry and should be encouraged”

Managing Director
Bartlett Integrated Towing Solutions


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