AHG, Safety and Braking Concerns

The news this week from Diesel News includes AHG, safety and braking concerns, as well as a continuing drive in the USA for a more fuel efficient truck.

Automotive Holdings Group has reacted to press speculation about the sale of its refrigerated logistics business. The company issued a statement telling the ASX it is currently in the process of restructuring its refrigerated logistics business and has not initiated a formal sale process for the business.

AHG stated, it has received expressions of interest in relation to the refrigerated part of its business, but none have progressed past informal preliminary discussions. Essentially, the sale of the refrigerated arm of AHG, has neither been confirmed or denied.

AHG, Safety and Braking Concerns

Stop, Look, Wave is a new classroom safety campaign, started by Volvo Trucks, targeting Australia’s most vulnerable pedestrians. Delivered by way of a free education campaign, the material teaches Australian children to STOP on the side of the road, LOOK both ways, and WAVE at the truck driver before they cross. 

The initiative was first launched in Australia, in collaboration with Toxfree and Melbourne’s Glen Iris Primary School. Children were invited into the truck, to give them a look from behind the steering wheel.

The kids now have a better appreciation of the trucks, Principal, Meredith Carracher said.

“First of all, they were incredibly excited to be involved and close to the trucks – for most children it was quite a unique experience,” said Carracher. “But they also commented just how small everything looks from up there… I think that really impressed upon them just how difficult it could be for a driver to see them.”

The Heavy Vehicle Industry Association called call for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to address a fundamental weakness in Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme guidelines, allowing sophisticated vehicle combinations to operate with only foundation or ‘dumb’ braking systems and without roll-over control.

“The use of older trucks in heavy truck and dog combinations, for example, particularly when operating in congested urban environments, is a concern,” said Brett Wright, HVIA CEO. “The PBS system must provide a reasonable assurance to the community that they are indeed “world’s best.

“In the event of a major accident involving one of these vehicles, a knee-jerk reaction from politicians in response could undermine the whole PBS scheme, do significant reputational damage to both industry and the NHVR and put the productivity benefits gained from PBS at risk.”

The US Department of Energy’s Supertruck program is moving on to its next stage. SuperTruck II is a the five-year, US$160-million, program. The four main players involved in the first program are lined up to achieve even better results.

The four teams consist of a partnership between Cummins and Peterbilt, Daimler Trucks North America; Navistar International and Volvo Group. In SuperTruck II the aim is to reach a new engine-efficiency standard of 55 per cent, a 31 per cent increase, from the 2009 standard, set as a benchmark.

US truck manufacturers in 2009 had a brake thermal efficiency of 42 per cent. SuperTruck 1 aimed to reach 50 per cent. This time around the target has been set at 55 per cent.