Rethinking Driver Training Straight Away

The ongoing shortage of good truck drivers means the trucking industry needs to start rethinking driver training straight away. The position taken by DECA, a long term member of the driver training community, sees it no longer offering the basic driver training to get the first licence. Instead the organisation has gone down a different track, creating the Pro-Driver program. This has been designed to address the skills gap it sees...

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Driver Shortage Issue

The, so-called, driver shortage issue comes from the way drivers are treated and regarded in the industry and in wider society. Another issue is the distinct lack of women working in the industry. An initiative, started by Volvo to help improve the driver’s lot aims to address the issue of getting more female truck drivers out on the highway armed with the skills the industry needs.   In looking into the overall question, one of...

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Tipping Top Ten Tips

Diesel News presents the Tipping Top Ten Tips from truckies on YouTube showing off their tipping dog trailer reversing skills and showing us all how to do it. Experienced tipper and dog drivers know all about this but the subtleties of getting the steering just right are demonstrated by this excellent video showing the operation from every angle.   Here a quad dog driver shows us how to do it with a series of top tips, but some...

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Close Call for Dash Cam Site

This week has seen a close call for dash cam site operators Dash Cams Owners Australia. The YouTube channel, which has brought Diesel News readers so many near misses and brainless car drivers around trucks was closed down earlier this week.   “Our YouTube channel of 40,000 plus subscribers was yesterday terminated by YouTube for ‘Multiple 3rd party copyright violations’,” said a statement for the website. “Our videos were...

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Australia Needs a Towing License

‘Australia Needs a Towing License’, this is the title of a piece written by Joseph Van Woerkom on the Caravan and Motorhome website. Finally, someone on the other side of the great divide gets it, there are people running around the roads of Australia towing caravans who have no idea what they are doing and are a danger to themselves and others on the road, many of whom are truck drivers.   A car driver can set up a car and...

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Do We Really Want Better Productivity?

Every week, or more often, we hear someone else telling us about a drive for better productivity. Needless to say, quite often the person talking it up has something to sell. A new technology, a new leaner meaner truck, a training package on offer.   There are also some evangelical souls in trucking who espouse fuel economy and put their money where their mouth is, the obvious example being winding the speed limiter back to 90...

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