Electric vehicles don’t pay any road costs. This is unfair for all the rest of us that pay up to 42 cents per litre for imported fuel, along with all the other costs/rip offs from high rego to stamp tax. This is unfair too, grossly unfair.
Transport is an amazing business. We invest millions of dollars, work super long hours, put up with other drivers that should never have gotten a license, suffer from over-zealous regulators, and then are ripped off with high rego bills, stamp tax, tolls and fuel tax. Sometimes I wonder why we do it?
The way that rubber meets and reacts with the road affects every component and every aspect of your truck’s performance and operation.
Our government wants us to be more careful, to fill out endless paperwork, to create huge procedures all aimed at ‘zero road deaths’ without any repercussions or responsibilities for them. They seem to think that we cause all the suffering and trauma. But what about their responsibilities?
A friend gave me a business improvement book a few years ago. It explained that most of us that work for ourselves were successful up to a point, because we are good at doing the work. But, if you are like me, we get busier and busier, until we have too much work.
What tyre pressure are you running in your steer, drive, and trailer tyres? If it is 100 psi, like most do, your steer tyres are 20 per cent under inflated, which increases tyre temperature, and reduces steering accuracy. The drive tyres are 33 to 300 per cent over inflated, and the trailer tyres are 85 to 400 per cent over inflated.
Doing it the old way costs time, money and limits your income. Whether you’re digging ditches, machining, welding, fixing your truck or transporting product. No one would dig a ditch with a shovel, or expect to be competitive without a CNC machine, or weld up something with oxy.
Today I want to talk about something completely different: our roads and the damage they do to our health and our trucks.
We all know that we are at the bottom of the totem pole as far as government regulators, taxes, costs, and our media. This is despite the fact that everyone uses our services, and every product is transported.
Covid is being blamed for every bad business practice: “We can’t supply because of Covid”, “He’s working from home”, “We’re out of stock.”