Chipping and Tipping

In the area at the western end of Victoria and into South Australia, the forests are alive with the trucking industry involved in chipping and tipping. Here’s a video of the wood chip unloading facility at Portland in Victoria. Three lifting platforms keep the wood chip flowing out of the trucks, into the processing facility and onto the waiting ships bound for various Asian ports. The trucks pull onto the platform and then a...

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An Older Set of Values

Once you get away from the Eastern Seaboard, the nature of the trucking industry changes – there’s a return to an older set of values. Yes, there are still line-haul and supermarket delivery trucks out here, but the world is dominated by livestock and bulk tippers. This is the core of trucking away from the cities, carting whatever the farm produces to the point where it is to be sold, stored or processed.   There are a number or...

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Hino Going Auto

A trend affecting the medium to light/heavy-duty area of the market is leading to a situation where Hino going auto is only to be expected. Several truck makers have offered automated manual transmissions as an option, but the market seems to be locking itself into a preference for Allison fully automatic gearing.   As a result, Allison is an option on just about every model in the new Hino 500 Series line-up. The substantial...

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Low-Cost Telematics

Many small operators are looking for low-cost telematics, as they baulk at the costs involved in some of the mainstream telematics on sale. A small start-up business from the other side of the ditch is entering the Australia trucking market with a simple solution to an ongoing problem for owner operators and small fleets. Unable to afford back-end business systems to manage the day-to-day business of running a trucking operation,...

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Post-McAleese Pain, Road Rules Change, VSB6 and Qube Loan

Among the headlines in Diesel News this week are Post-McAleese Pain, Road Rules Change, VSB6 and Qube Loan, plus West Gate Tunnel issues and Combinations Explained.   More of the former McAleese road transport operation is set to close, as McGrathNicol are appointed receivers to ARX Group and RMS East Group. The administrators have been appointed to handle Australian Road Express and its subsidiary ARX Group, and Rivet Mining...

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