Automated Manual Transmissions Are The Gearbox For Me

Diesel News’ regular contributor, Paul Matthei, says ‘automated manual transmissions are the gearbox for me’, as he tries to get some perspective on the way we look at  the AMT. As a professional driver of semi-trailers and B-doubles for more than two decades, I have witnessed the steady development and acceptance of the automated manual transmission (AMT) from late last century. In fact, my first taste of a two-pedal AMT was in 2002...

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NHVR Tasked With Getting Access Permits Sorted Out

The NHVR, tasked with getting access permits sorted out, is making progress. It has had, what can be best described as a chequered history, especially when it comes to access permits. A lot of promises in the early days were followed by a meltdown when the permit system first went online in early 2014. Since then it has been a slow hard climb for the team, known now as Access Connect, tasked with the job of bringing the Australian...

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Access Pre-Approvals to Help With Permit Processing

A method of access pre-approvals to help with permit processing has been developed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. The NHVR have been developing a pre-approval process with the managers of many roads. This means the road authority has said to the NHVR, if someone applies to run this class of truck on this route, you don’t need to get our permission again. In fact, the NHVR has a team who’s sole task is to get pre-approvals...

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Spot a Performance Based Standards Vehicle 

For many people it is quite difficult to spot the performance based standards vehicle as it passes them on the road. Often, PBS vehicles look very much like vehicles we already see on our roads. They just have altered dimensions which improve dynamic stability and road friendliness. At a recent demonstration event for local councils in Queensland, a number of examples of the kind of thing PBS can achieve were on show at a live...

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Working with Performance Based Standards

When it comes to working with Performance Based Standards, for those working for local authorities, a lack of experience and information can lead to a very cautious and conservative attitude to giving permission to trucking operators to use the authority’s roads. This lack of knowledge has lead to many problems around the country, where more high productivity vehicles can’t be used due to a refusal of access by one road manager along...

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Trailer Brake Technology Problems

Trailer Brake technology problems have seen the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Road and Maritime Services announce a brake testing transition extension in NSW until January 31, 2017. This is due to incompatibility between traditional testing procedures and modern, safer, braking systems.     “The problem is the number of modern trailers having difficulty meeting the 4.5 kN/t requirement,” said Daniel Elkins, NHVR...

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