The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association has said it will support EWDs, with reservations as it currently stands. The ALRTA has announced its National Council has resolved to support the roll out of voluntary electronic work diaries (EWD).
The ALRTA points out it remains opposed to any mandatory application of EWDs, and considers that the problems are rooted in the underlying laws around fatigue, access and general application of compliance and enforcement activities.
The livestock and rural transporters representatives contend these laws were designed for a regulatory system that did not rely on vehicle-based technology and there is now an urgent need to undertake a thorough review in the modern context.
The ALRTA has said it considers that all parts of government around Australia must work together to develop a single IT platform and rules for open source regulatory telematics devices that encompasses EWDs, IAP and any future road user charging system. Now is the time to consider these issues if we are to avoid multiple devices being required in each vehicle.
ALRTA’s message to its members encourages operators to carefully consider whether or not an EWD is right for their business.
Diesel News has picked up stories about NSW Freight Plans, Women in Transport, Effluent Progress and Reform Report
A report by the National Transport Commission (NTC) monitors progress on national transport reform. The conclusion comes down to reckoning the reform is trending in the right direction.
“The report provides an independent assessment on how well the Transport Infrastructure Council’s nationally agreed transport reforms are being implemented in practice,” said Paul Retter, NTC CEO.
Here are some of the conclusions:
Most jurisdictions (excluding WA and NT) are now operating under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), with the last remaining milestone of the original regulatory reform due on July 1 2018 when the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator plans to have a register of heavy vehicles available for use.
The fifth HVNL amendment package was approved by the Queensland parliament in December 2016 ahead of an anticipated implementation in mid-2018.
Heavy Vehicles Standards Rules are now included in the HVNL, and the Australian Light Vehicle Standards Rules, approved by Council in May 2016, will apply to light vehicles in the future.
New Chair at Transport Women
Pam McMillan has stepped down after 18 years on the Transport Women Australia Board having served for 11 of those years as Chair over various periods. The new chair of the group is Jacquelene Brotherton.
“This is my second time as Chair and I never expected to be back in the role,” said Jacquelene. “However, with Pam retiring and Di and Coralie having been with us for only one year, it was a decision that was made with the support of the Board in keeping the association strong. And as we move forward with our new Board, I feel that – as a team – we have never been stronger.”
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association says it is making great progress on its quest to establish Australia’s first roadside effluent disposal facility in South East Queensland.
After a series of face-to-face meetings over 2017, ALRTA has secured strong support from more than 30 key stakeholders in the supply chain (producers, transporters and processors), community advocates and local, state and federal governments. Importantly, in cooperation with QLD Transport and Main Roads, it has identified a preferred site on the Warrego Highway in the Lockyer Valley with a construction target of December 2018.
The ALRTA obtained critical data from the CSIRO’s ‘TraNSIT’ strategic investment tool relating to the number of semi-trailer equivalent cattle movements past the preferred site. It has been calculated that, if constructed, the site will prevent up to 2,500,000 litres of livestock effluent from escaping into the road corridor every year.
NSW Freight Priorities
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says the Draft Freight and Ports Plan released for comment by the NSW Government is an encouraging sign that freight efficiency is being embraced in the state’s long-term infrastructure plans.
“This Draft Plan forms an essential component of the NSW Government’s new transport vision for the state, Future Transport 2056, and demonstrates there are plans to address a number of key priorities for the freight logistics industry,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff. “Many of the priorities outlined in this Draft Plan will complement those that have been included in other significant NSW Government transport plans released over the past two months.”
“In particular, the suggestion contained in the draft Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plan that a Last Mile Freight Policy be developed and implemented is one that will have the whole-hearted backing of ALC.”
People outside or new to the trucking industry often ask why there are so many industry associations and who does what. The answer can often be quite complex and the history of trucking’s relationship with governments, both state and federal, needs to illustrate where they all came from.
One of the issues we may be seeing at the moment is the associations themselves not being clear on their individual roles in the scheme of things and an appreciation of the history which has brought us to our current situation.
One important thing to state at this point is just how much better the industry representation situation is than it has been in the past. We may complain about current issues and reckon the various bodies are not taking any notice of trucking, but it is not that long ago that trucks and trucking were invisible to anyone in power and the only interface between trucking and the authorities was at the roadside, and it wasn’t a very friendly relationship.
Truckies felt themselves to be left at the bottom of the heap and largely ignored. In 1979, this boiled over into action after charges on truck owners were hiked up yet again by the New South Wales Government. The Razorback Blockade has gone down in history as a landmark and a reminder of the terrible relationship between trucking and the authorities. Some negotiations were held and the blockade finally dismantled, but little change eventuated.
Trucking operators were members of state organisations, as they are today, but the membership was relatively low and government was oblivious to much of the lobbying. A new radical association appeared out of Shepparton and quickly picked up strong membership. The National Transport Federation (NTF) spent a lot of time in the courtroom and became a disrupting influence.
During the early 1980s, the livestock industry started to get its act together, with Queensland leading the way, to be followed by all of the other states. This led inevitably to the organisation that is today the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA), which developed a strong and united voice.
1988 saw more blockades, this time in Yass and again both federal and state governments came along to talk to the blockaders. Some concessions were made to trucking but little could be expected to change in the political climate.
The following year saw a tragic catalyst for change. The Grafton and Clybucca bus and truck crashes sent a shock wave through the country and the trucking industry. The New South Wales Government came out guns blazing and it looked like the trucking industry was going to be regulated with a very heavy hand.
Quick thinking and some smart negotiating were required and, in this crisis, all of the interested groups got together to campaign against the planned changes and to come up with a solution. Everyone was in the tent, from the more conservative livestockers and state associations of the time to the feisty NTF.
From this cooperation grew the Road Transport Forum (RTF), now the Australian Trucking Association, ATA). The message coming out of the trucking industry was consistent and reasoned. Safety was brought to the top of the agenda and trucking looked to regulate itself to avoid draconian measures being adopted.
At this time input from all the parties involved created a common strategy developed through the RTF, but taken to the state governments by the state bodies. One voice of trucking was heard all over the country and a consensus policy developed.
It’s nearly thirty years since these events occurred and we seem to have forgotten the core lesson here. Coordinated measures from each interface between trucking industry representation and government is key to getting them to listen.
On the big topics there is no room for divergent messaging from trucking. There needs to be serious debate in the committee rooms and plenty of feedback from members to the associations, but when the position of our industry is presented to government it must be consistent. If not, the government will revert to the old days and ‘divide and conquer’.
This week the trucking industry is thinking about customer service, hay runs and HML changes, and it’s all in Diesel News.
Following the release of a research report on measuring infrastructure asset performance and customer satisfaction from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is calling for the improvement of the customer service experience for road users. It reckons customer service needs to be a central focus for governments’ management of the road network.
“This timely report on developing an infrastructure and customer satisfaction framework identifies service quality attributes that should be measured to improve the customer service of infrastructure,” said Geoff Crouch , ATA Chair. “Additional economic gains from infrastructure relies on its efficient management, operation and use. The report identifies the importance of cost, access, safety, reliability, timeliness, user amenity and information for how customers interact with infrastructure, including roads.
“Australia is experiencing ever-increasing, unsustainable, and unfair toll increases on heavy vehicles but without any measurement of this funding better services to the users paying these costs.”
Hay Run on again
The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners founder Brendan Farrell has said he expects to lead up to 500 semi trailer loads of hay to drought-stricken Queensland to coincide with Australia Day next year. The hay runners have completed 11 successful hay runs since 2014 and are hoping to continue helping our farmers in drought-affected areas. This year’s hay run finished at Muttaburra, with 320 loads of donated hay.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) says it has lodged a submission in response to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Issues Paper on the 2017 Drafting of the National Higher Mass Limits (HML) Declaration. The ALRTA said it has supported several of the proposals to harmonise HML rules across Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) jurisdictions including implementing HML limits by axle group rather than heavy vehicle combination types; requiring National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) Mass Management accreditation for tri-axle groups; requiring road friendly suspension (RFS); allowing 22.5 tonnes for a triaxle group; and not requiring the HML declaration to be carried by the driver in either physical or electronic format.
The ALRTA has ‘in principle’ supported using a combination of vehicle type and HML overlays to determine appropriate vehicle routes as is currently done in Queensland. However, it has stressed that the Queensland IT platform that displays a series of disjointed PDF maps of differing scales is the worst in Australia. As far as possible, the ALRTA reckons the NHVR should work towards ensuring that operators can zoom in and out of a national map and view the entire route at once.
Read about AFIA Winners, Reducing Red Tape, Fatigue Exemption, Biosecurity and NSW Bypass Funding in this week’s Diesel News.
VTA announces 2017 AFIA winners
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) announced the winners of the 2017 Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA) at the 28th AFIA event, held in Melbourne on 2 September. The ‘Personality of the Year’ Award was presented to Deakin University’s Dr Hermione Parsons, Rocke Brothers’ Matt Simmons took home the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ and the ‘Waste & Recycling’ accolade went to FBT Transwest. There were two winners for the ‘Application of Technology’ Award: Redstar Transport and Victoria International Container Terminal. Metropolitan Express Transport Services was awarded for ‘Best Practice Safety’ and DP World Australia accepted the ‘Investment in People’ Award. “We once again had a very enthusiastic response to these awards from the industry, as evidenced by the dozens of applications judges assessed in determining the winners,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson. “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists on their tremendous achievements, and for working to continually improve the standards of our industry which helps to make it safer and more productive.”
New SA notice to reduce red tape
A new notice in South Australia will reduce red tape for truck and dog operators, according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). NHVR Project Director of ‘Network Access’, Annette Finch, said the NHVR and South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure would release the South Australian Class 3 Heavy Vehicle 23m Truck and Dog Notice, covering three-, four- and five-axle trailer configurations for operators. “The previous notice covered only three or five-axle trailers to operate on the dedicated truck and dog network,” said Finch. “The updated notice is specific to South Australia, and removes the need for operators with four-axle trailers to apply for permits to access the network.” This Notice will reportedly replace Schedule 3 of the South Australia Consolidated National Heavy Vehicle Mass and Dimension Notice 2014. It includes new provisions for three-axle truck and four axle dog trailer combinations that were not available in the original notice.
NHVR invites feedback on new personal fatigue exemption
The NHVR has started consultation on a user-friendly exemption for managing fatigue and driving a fatigue-related heavy vehicle for personal use.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto told the NatRoad Conference held in North Queensland on 5 September that the Personal Use Exemption would allow operators some personal use of a heavy vehicle outside their regulated driving hours.
“Under the proposal, operators would be able to use a heavy vehicle for personal use for up to one hour at the end of the day or on a day off,” Petroccitto said.
“Currently a personal use exemption of up to one hour during a driver’s day off exists in NSW.
“We continue to work closely with the heavy-vehicle industry to provide flexibility around fatigue while still maintaining the highest safety standards.”
The exemption is expected to be used for personal or non-revenue activities, such as reaching suitable sleeping accommodation and restocking supplies for a trip.
Operators should note that current fatigue laws apply during the consultation process.
The beginning of the one-month consultation period for the Personal Use Exemption is part of the Focus on Fatigue being promoted by the NHVR over the coming month.
“The correct management of work and rest times through a work diary is the best way to predict and assess a driver’s potential level of fatigue impairment,” Petroccitto said.
“There will also be a number of coordinated enforcement operations taking place across the country in the coming weeks with a specific target on work and rest hours and the correct filling out of a work diary.”
For more information, or to enter a submission, head to the NHVR website.
LBRCA participates in biosecurity exercise
The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) has represented the interests of the livestock transport industry as part of the New South Wales Government’s Greater Sydney Peri Urban Program. LBRCA President, Lynley Miners, participated in a biosecurity exercise at Camden saleyards as part of the Program, which is part of the NSW Government’s Biosecurity Strategy 2013–2021 that aims to improve biosecurity practices. “As the sole livestock carrier representative in attendance it was a perfect opportunity to explain a few home truths about our industry, starting with the lack of adequate infrastructure,” Miners said. Miners reportedly highlighted that no truck wash facilities are on-site at Camden, nor within what would be deemed an acceptable distance should a biosecurity outbreak occur. “I would imagine that the livestock vehicle would need to be washed down and disinfected before leaving the unload site, to mitigate against further reach of the disease,” Miners said. “This site has no such facilities, nor any publicly available sites within a practical distance. For example, the nearest livestock truck wash facility is over an hour away, at Mossvale. “Strategically positioning truck wash infrastructure as close as practical to key livestock areas, would certainly go a long way in minimising the reach of an outbreak.” Government greenlights $10m Tenterfield bypass
The Australian Government has reported that it will fund a $10 million heavy-vehicle bypass in Tenterfield, New South Wales.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the proposed project could now proceed to the development phase, which will include detailed design works, environmental assessment, property acquisition and preconstruction works.
“This funding delivers on a 2016 election commitment and builds on the extensive community consultation with local residents, Council and key stakeholders that led to identifying the final preferred route in 2015,” said Chester.
Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the preferred route had the backing of Tenterfield Shire Council and respected the local environment, particularly by avoiding the Currys Gap State Conservation Area.
“Getting heavy vehicles out of the middle of town is going to vastly improve safety for local traffic and pedestrians, and certainly make the main street of Tenterfield a more ‘user-friendly’ place,” said Joyce.
“The preferred route will include a new five-kilometre carriageway west of the town incorporating four new bridges and two new intersections at the northern and southern connections with the existing highway.
“The preferred route is now incorporated into Tenterfield’s Local Environment Plan, meaning the land is reserved for future road construction – providing planning certainty for the community.”
The Government will expect the tenders for the latest works to be called in September 2017 and for the detailed design to be completed by mid-2019.
Among the topics in the news this week from Diesel News are ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing.
The Australian Government should require new trucks and trailers to be fitted with stability control technology and should do it fast, according to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA).
Geoff Crouch, ATA Chair, said electronic stability control is a vehicle safety system that monitors the stability and sideways acceleration of a heavy vehicle, and kicks in to brake the vehicle if it detects a rollover starting.
“It’s a vital safety technology and should be mandatory for new trucks and trailers,” said Crouch.
The President of the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of South Australia, David Smith, said that mandatory stability control was in the best interests of the trucking industry, including rural operators.
“For us, adverse conditions are an everyday occurrence. Our gear cops an absolute pounding from rutted roads, stones and sticks along with the dust that gets into absolutely everything,” said Smith. “While running costs are always higher in these environments, there are still net benefits for operators who install the latest generation of stability control systems.
A evaluation of the Performance Based Standards(PBS) scheme is being carried out by the National Transport Commission (NTC). It is expected to look at ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the PBS scheme, and in doing so respond to Australia’s growing freight task.
Findings outlined in Assessing the effectiveness of the PBS Scheme show PBS vehicles:
were involved in 46 per cent fewer major crashes;
had a reduction of 440 million kilometres in truck travel and saved at least four lives in 2014-2016;
delivered 24.8 per cent productivity gains across all commodities;
delivered a 6.2 per cent gross tonne-kilometre saving for 2016;
saved about $65 million in road maintenance expenses; and
saved 94 million litres of fuel in 2016 and reduced CO2 emissions by 250,000 tonnes.
“Road freight is projected to increase by 26 per cent in the next 10 years. PBS vehicles are well placed to assist industry and government in coping with this forecasted growth,” said Paul Retter, NTC CEO. “Since 2007 when the world-first scheme started, PBS vehicles have been involved in fewer crashes, carried more freight with fewer trips, generated lower emissions and reduced road maintenance expenditure. We need to continue improving the scheme to promote greater uptake of these vehicles.”
Linfox and Pacific National
Linfox has entered into a consortium with Pacific National to purchase the containerised freight haulage and end-to-end freight forwarding capability on Queensland’s northern freight line. Forming a consortium with Pacific National is the first step towards purchasing these assets that are currently owned by Aurizon Queensland Intermodal.
Pacific National will be working with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to gain clearance for the acquisition of other assets of Aurizon Queensland Intermodal. Linfox has said it will support this process.
If the Pacific National transaction is cleared by the ACCC, Linfox will acquire and use the rail haulage capacity supplied by Pacific National to supply intra-state and interstate freight forwarding services to customers in Queensland and Northern Queensland.
Truck Classes Chart
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released a Classes of Heavy Vehicle chart to assist operators to match common heavy vehicles with the three categories used under the law.
“While the NHVR and operators use common terms such as B-doubles, low loaders or mobile cranes for Restricted Access Vehicles, they are classified into classes under the HVNL,” said Roger Garcia. “For example, pick and carry cranes commonly fall under the Class 1 heavy vehicle category, and this can be easily determined from our new easy-to-read chart.”
The new chart illustrates other common examples from the three different classes of heavy vehicles, such as oversize, over-mass vehicles, special purpose vehicles, agricultural vehicles and vehicles under the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme.
Roller Brake Testing
Trials of roller brake testing methods were conducted at Marulan Heavy Vehicle Testing Station ahead of next month’s end of transition arrangements in New South Wales. Coordinated by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), the joint initiative involved Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The testing will allow further comparison of different roller brake testing methods and will inform the development of national requirements to align with the increased brake performance standard set in the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM).
The latest version of the manual reflects a correction to the brake performance standard in line with Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) achieved through ATA and industry representation.
New CoR Forums
The second phase of the NHVR’s Chain of Responsibility (CoR) education program will kick off in October with 26 forums across Australia. NHVR Chain of Responsibility Manager Michael Crellin said the forums would build on the awareness sessions for industry conducted earlier this year.
“This is a four-phase process to support the changes to CoR coming in mid 2018,” said Crellin. “We had great engagement during the first phase. We’ve worked our way through the feedback and are currently developing materials to provide practical help for industry.
“The materials will provide users with information to identify risks relevant to their operations and install systems that meet the requirements of the law and improve safety.”
This week Diesel News headlines include Dangerous Truckies, Safety Award, Electric Road and an Autonomous Future.
A survey has been published by TomTom Telematics reckoned to identify the best and worst drivers on the road, biggest driving gripes and how this is impacting businesses. The survey found over half (52 per cent) of motorists have been put in a dangerous position by commercial drivers, of which, one in ten have admitted to driving recklessly in a company vehicle over the last year.
The worst performers were the truck drivers of NSW with 35 per cent of those surveyed reckoning they were the worst drivers on the road. Across Australia, truckies came in third at 29 per cent, behind sports cars and SUVs.
Compare these numbers with the crash stats put out by NTI’s National Truck Accident Research Centre, in which over 90 per cent of two vehicle accidents involving fatalities were not the fault of the truck. This illustrates the gulf between perception of trucks and the actual facts.
The recipient of the 2017 National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)/Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) Safety Innovation Award is Dean Clarke from Hopkins Transport in New South Wales.
The NHVR-ALRTA Safety Innovation Award, supported by BP, is a joint Government/Industry initiative recognising rural road transport operators who have identified Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.
ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan said that Dean has won this award because he has taken a proactive approach to safety and has made a significant difference in the way his organisation operates.
“He has instilled an emphasis on correctly and consistently performing safe operating procedures through the roll out of an organisation-wide program at Hopkins Transport,” said Keenan.
Dean will use the prize of a $5,000 development fund (co-funded by BP) to undertake a psychology course which will better equip him to roll-out his program even further.
M.C. Herd ifrom Geelong was announced as the winner of the inaugural Shane Knight Memorial Award at the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Victoria (LRTAV) Annual Conference.
The award was created to honour the memory of Shane Knight, who was a member of the LRTAV for 29 years and was presented with a Life Membership in 2013 and the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Livestock and Rural Transport Industry’ in 2015.
Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead contact line for electrified freight transport on a 10 km stretch of motorway. The line will supply electricity for the electric drive of a hybrid truck. Siemens originally presented its innovative ‘eHighway’ concept in 2012.
Intel buys Mobileye
Intel and Mobileye have announced the completion of Intel’s bid to buy Mobileye, a specialist in computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localisation and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. The combination will allow Mobileye’s computer vision expertise to complement Intel’s computing and connectivity expertise to create automated driving solutions from cloud to car. Intel reckons the vehicle systems, data and services market opportunity to be up to $70 billion by 2030.
“With Mobileye, Intel emerges as a leader in creating the technology foundation that the automotive industry needs for an autonomous future,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “It’s an exciting engineering challenge and a huge growth opportunity for Intel. Even more exciting is the potential for autonomous cars to transform industries, improve society and save millions of lives.”
There are Awards and Dealerships this week for International Trucks, Safety, Innovation, Top Technicians and an Electric Truck.
Iveco has announced five more dealerships to oversee the sales, service and parts support for the reintroduced International truck range in Australia. The latest appointments include Black Truck Sales and Honeycombes Sales & Service in Queensland, Sydney Truck & Machinery Centre in New South Wales, Bendigo Truck Centre in Victoria and Purcher International in Western Australia.
These join an initial group of 11 outlets, further increasing coverage for potential Inter owners, and as with the original appointments, the new dealerships are all current Iveco dealers as well as authorised Cummins service outlets.
Safety Innovation Award
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)/the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) Safety Innovation Award is a joint government-industry initiative that recognises and rewards rural road transport operators who have identified Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.
The award will be announced at the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Victoria (LRTAV) conference on 11 August in Torquay, Victoria.
The finalists for the award are:
Athol Carter, Frasers Transport, QLD
Undertook a complete organisational safety review and implemented processes and training to improve operations where safety improvement opportunities were identified.
Dean Clarke, Hopkins Transport, NSW
Instilled an emphasis on correctly and consistently performing safe operating procedures through the roll out of an organisation-wide program.
Graham Hoare, Martin Group, NSW
Introduced lower speeds set in speed limiter and a GPS-based alert system for speeding. Achieved 90 per cent less speed occurrence since introduction of new systems.
Marcus Watson, Marley’s Transport, WA
Installed seeing machines to fleet vehicles identified as high risk. This influenced safer driving behaviour and reduced driver fatigue and loss of concentration on the road.
Peter Callanan, Shanahan’s Livestock Transport, VIC
Improved carrier-customer communications and expectations to more safely and better manage livestock loads and driver rest.
Ron Harvey, Dennis Transport, SA
Undertook extensive review into safety risks to improve safety procedures. Introduced measures to counter identified risks such as live fatigue feeds, GPS vehicle tracking, speed controls and safety refresher training.
Penske Power Systems has awarded Scott Simpson as the Detroit Master Technician for 2017. A technician from Penske Power Systems’ Hunter Valley branch, Simpson was the winner of the annual skills test which sees the best Detroit technicians from around the business compete for the spoils.
Simpson edged out five other finalists in the final round on Friday which included major diagnostic and troubleshooting tasks, assessed by a panel of judges. The in-house competition is open to all Penske Detroit Guild members in Australia and New Zealand and offers technicians an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and be recognised as the leading Detroit technician.
Fuso is to start production of the world’s first all-electric light-duty truck, the Fuso eCanter. The production plant was recently opened in Tramagal, Portugal, where all eCanters for the European and US markets will be produced in line with the conventional Fuso Canter truck.
The eCanter has a range of 100km and a load capacity of two to three tonnes, depending on body and application. The vehicle’s electric powertrain contains six high-voltage lithium-ion battery packs rated at 420V and 13.8kWh each.
A new DIN-Size five-watt UH9050 UHF CB mobile radio has been launched by Uniden. Designed with a contemporary style, the radio is powered with 12/24 voltage, which is suitable for any vehicle type.
The Uniden UH9050 includes features such as Smart Mic, Master Scan and a built-in scanner, making it more than just a radio. Smart Mic works in the speaker microphone and allows users to push a button to switch between 100 user-programmed channels, the voice enhancer, call tone and Selcall.