Old Trucks Vs New Trucks

  Yes, it’s a silly ad pitting old trucks vs new trucks in an advert for Philips truck parts in the USA, but it also shows us how far we have come in little more than a lifetime. Truck traffic barely existed before the period between the First and second World Wars, the heavy lifting had been done by horses and trains up until that point.   Once trucks started top become a c competitive form of transport the whole...

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Keep an Eye on Things

Responsibility and liability are important in any trucking business, operators need to keep an eye on things. One operator in Queensland has developed an innovative way of keeping an eye on things in the fleet and talks to Diesel News about the system used.     For any delivery business it is important everything is done properly, that the right goods are delivered to the right place at the right time. Now, we know this is...

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UD 8×4 On The Way

The new UD Quon is the finished product, now ready for market and there‚Äôs a UD 8×4 on the way. Diesel News examines the new Japanese heavy duty and sees it personifies the relationship between the brands in the Volvo stable.     Among the Japanese brands sold in Australia, UD trucks have always been the poor relation. The other brands have great strength in the lighter end of the market, and extend their ranges to play...

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Lifting The Pusher

The new DAF LF 6×2 is all about lifting the pusher and the new model, previewed at the Brisbane Show gets a Diesel News test drive around Melbourne. Here in Australia, we are unused to the concept of a pusher axle that can lift out of the way when not needed. If any axles have been capable of being lifted in the 6×2/6×4 space, they have normally been lifting tags, which are simpler to engineer. However, their popularity...

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The Meat in the Sandwich

The trucking industry is very much the meat in the sandwich, in the ongoing arguments about charges by the big stevedores. So called infrastructure charges are simply price gouging by the very small number of powerful national companies, who are running our ports, to maintain their margins at the expense of transport companies already running on much thinner margins.   After the latest announcement this week, the Victorian...

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