Small Operation, Big Trucks

Running a transport operation in the Northern Territory is often about a small operation, big trucks, but it also requires a certain kind of character. Bob Holt is one such character, with plenty of stories to tell and still running big trucks on a daily basis in the modern business environment.     Bob is not one of those trucking operators who has a big profile. He is an unassuming character who has built a business on...

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Volvo Launch a Conventional

In the US, Volvo launch a conventional model and for Diesel News’ US correspondent it was a chance to get some road test miles in a VNL 740 and the flagship VNL 860 – both with the new Volvo 13-litre turbocompound engine and the newly released, extra-tall final gear ratio of 2.47 to one. With the overdrive iShift automated transmission, this equates to extreme downspeeding, with the ability to cruise between 1,000 and 1,100rpm at 60...

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Trucking Territory Style

The fuel operation run by John Fraser is definitely trucking Territory style. The business operates out of Katherine providing a dedicated delivery service in the Territory for IOR Petroleum.     “There are two trucks on fuel full time, plus one subcontractor,” says John. “We have the 700hp Volvo rigid with three trailers, and we have a Kenworth K200 tri-axle prime mover pulling three trailers.   “It has a pusher axle...

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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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