A Trailer Like No Other

        This very interesting video shows genuinely shows us a trailer like no other. A number of these units have been designed and built by Ken Pitt, All Size Equipment Transport (ASET) Managing Director, and can be seeing plying their trade out the ASET base in South Australia.   The trailers designed and built by Ken and his team are widening, lengthening and have a goose neck at the front. This means they...

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Bigger 6×2 Choice

    Truck buyers at the lighter end of the heavy duty market now have a bigger 6×2 choice, with the soft introduction of the Western Star 2800SS. These trucks are up against still competition from the four Japanese brands, who all offer an array of choices at 6×2. None of them have a bonnet, though. This distinguishing feature has a lot of history in Australia and is attractive to many truck buyers.    ...

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Die-Hard Caterpillar Fan

  Jim Miller, Executive Director of Statewide Refrigerated Transport (SRT) Logistics, one of Tasmania’s three largest truck operators, is a die-hard Caterpillar fan who is not afraid to declare he’d still be buying Caterpillar-powered Freightliner Argosys if this was a viable or, indeed, possible option.     However, back in 2011, when the company needed extra trucks to service its new contracts with Woolworths and...

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Testing Electric Trucks into the Ports

  In California, Siemens are testing electric trucks into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Electrified overhead power cables provide the power to trucks delivering to the ports.     The South Alameda Street demonstration is a one-mile ‘test track’, with the left lane coned off in both directions in Carson, California. A small construction-site mobile office sits approximately at the mid-point, under the...

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Working to Improve Processes

  The modern trucking fleet running high kilometres needs to be constantly working to improve processes, like the way the workshop performs, in order to survive in the modern world. The fleet in question runs to 160 trucks and 220 plus trailers. Most of the trucks are high mileage prime movers pulling singles, B-doubles and road trains all over the country, including regular services to Perth.     Hauling fresh produce...

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Listening to New Voices

  This week some people in the trucking industry and even some from the regulators are listening to new voices on the subject of fatigue. The event in question is the Fatigue Hack-a-thon which is being held in parallel to the Australian Trucking Association’s annual Truck Australia conference, which is being held in Canberra this week.   The hack sees a number of teams from four to eight strong coming into the event to...

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