National Standard Next Week

From July 1, the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) Version 2.1 will be the national standard for heavy vehicle inspections in all participating jurisdictions. For many this will mean some minor adjustments to procedures to ensure trucks comply.   For those using their own brake roller testers in New South Wales, this means quite a change. Both the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Roads and Maritime Services...

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Trucks Will Fail Brake Test

It is another of those unseen problems which keep on creeping up on us. This time it is a change in brake testing rules, which no-one is ready for. Changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator roller brake testing rules will be coming on June 11 and the consequences are far from clear.   What we have is a situation which keeps on popping up with alarming regularity. A rule change which is being used by one part of the way the...

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Electronic Emergency Braking as Standard

Advanced Emergency Braking is to be fitted, as standard, to all stock Scania prime movers with outputs of 440 hp and above. The technology has been fitted to stock vehicles imported into Australia since the start of the third quarter of 2015. Scania reckons it is the first heavy vehicle importer in Australia to offer this latest generation safety equipment as standard on high output prime movers.     The Advanced Emergency...

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Airline mismatch alert

The Australian Trucking Association has launched a new series of trucking workshop safety alerts, developed by its Industry Technical Council. The first safety alert has just been published and deals with issues caused by using incompatible airlines and fittings, while the second highlights the dangers of using suzie coils to connect brake airlines across drawbar type couplings.     “Safety is the major priority for the...

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Testing air brake systems

The THT-test case (Truck Hand Terminal) from MAHA is said to make possible quick, accurate testing of air brake systems on commercial vehicles.   The Truck Hand Terminal is especially equipped for use with air brake systems, and can be used to measure brake timing, apply and release times. The system offers numerous possibilities for diagnostics and as an aid for adjustment and maintenance work on air brake systems. A mobile...

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Brake pads in the picture

A new app from Bendix is making the life of the mechanic a little easier when trying to identify brake pads. By using their mobile phone they can find the right pad part number by simply taking a snap shot.     The Bendix Brake Pad Identifier App was developed for the brake components manufacturer by RU Advertising of Ballarat and has been recognised in the 2014 Australian Mobile and App Design Awards recently announced in...

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