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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Clear Modification Guidelines

As a Code of Practice, VSB6 has set out clear modification guidelines on how to modify trucks. Now, times have changed and the code is being renewed, and Diesel News has been looking at the changes. For many involved in the trucking industry, the concept of VSB6 is just something quoted when changes to a truck may compromise safety down the track. As a guide to how to modify a truck without weakening the structure, deceasing safety or...

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Brake Testing, B-Triples, Fatigue, Bridges and the Return of the Self-Clearing Defect

The last week in trucking has seen Brake Testing, B-Triples, Fatigue, Bridges and the Return of the Self Clearing Defect make an appearance.   The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has reintroduced the self-clearing defect notice for heavy-vehicle defects that do not pose a safety risk. “This category will allow minor non-safety-related defects to be rectified by the operator, including where a vehicle’s number plate is...

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Slowly Slowly Catchee Monkey

It is a phrase dating from the bad old days of British colonialism, but ‘Slowly Slowly Catchee Monkey’ is also how trucking rules reform seems to be travelling. The latest changes announced by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) bear this out with the final return of the self-clearing defect at roadside inspections. There are two conflicting explanations as to the origin of the phrase we are discussing. One is all about...

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Modifying a Truck

What you can and cannot do when modifying a truck is often in question. As a Code of Practice, VSB6 has set out clear guidelines on how to modify trucks. Now, times have changed and the code is being renewed, Diesel News has been examining the changes.   For many involved in the trucking industry, the concept of VSB6 is just something quoted when changes to a truck may compromise safety down the track. As a guide to how to modify...

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Looking For Young Drivers, Route Planning and Sensible Road Charging

This week on Diesel News we are, among other things, Looking For Young Drivers, Route Planning and Sensible Road Charging.   The Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Victoria (LRTAV) has announced that applications are open for the LRTAV 2017 Young Driver Award. Entries are open for drivers aged 20 to 35 years (as at 31 December 2017).   It is being awarded to recognise and reward young drivers who demonstrate a...

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