Fuel Hauling in the Northern Territory

John Fraser has been running a business fuel hauling in the Northern Territory for over a decade. His transport operation has been working for IOR Petroleum for 12 years, starting with one truck and then going to two trailers. The operation currently run two trucks and has another undergoing restoration. There are two trucks on fuel full time, plus one subcontractor. The trucks include a 700hp Volvo rigid with three trailers, and a...

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The Paradigm Shift

There is little doubt this dawn of the age of autonomous trucks represents the paradigm shift which will take trucking much further in the 21st century. The developments in recent years have seen quantum shift after quantum shift in what automated systems can do.   Many of our older drivers in the trucking industry come from a time where automated gearboxes and even cruise control were not only unheard of, but unimaginable. The...

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Flat Floor Thoughts

The long-awaited arrival of the right-hand-drive Renault ‘T High’ tractor in the UK has given Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, some flat floor thoughts – thinking about the benefits of flat-floor cab-overs to overnighters. Frankly, I’m surprised more manufacturers don’t do it. ‘Do what?’ I hear you ask Down Under. Build more flat-floor cab-over models, that’s what. Given the fact that every night hundreds of...

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Prixcar Buys Rival, a Milestone for Volvo and a DP World Surcharge

In the news from Diesel this week we have seen Prixcar Buys Rival, a Milestone for Volvo and a DP World Surcharge.   Volvo Group Australia announced a major milestone, with the Group’s 60,000th truck produced at its Wacol plant in Brisbane. The milestone coincides with the Group joining the Australian Made Campaign, being awarded certification to carry the iconic ‘Australian Made’ logo.   Announcing the production milestone, Peter...

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Scanning The Trucking Twitterverse

Diesel News has been scanning the Trucking Twitterverse for a few snippets about what is going on our world. This school kid in Norway got away with a lucky escape after the driver of the truck whose dash cam recorded the incident, flashed the oncoming Volvo just in time.   Thank you @VolvoTrucks due to your breaking safety feature this kid was saved.https://t.co/NcnUJoPvte — Shishir Banerjee (@Shishirb36) November 20, 2017...

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Everything Has To Do With Scale

In the Northern Territory everything has to do with scale – it represents 18 per cent of Australia’s land area but is home to just one per cent of the country’s population. Diesel News talked with an operator tasked with distributing fuel across the Territory. Sitting in a modest industrial unit in Katherine in the Northern Territory, and talking to the owner of the operation, John Fraser, it’s easy to think of the operation run by...

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