A Certain Kind of Character

A Certain Kind of Character

Running a transport operation in the Northern Territory is often requires a certain kind of character. Bob Holt, from Katherine, is one such character, with plenty of stories to tell and still running big trucks on a daily basis in the modern business environment. Read more

Even Bigger Trucks

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. Read more

Volvo Launch a Conventional

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 to 65mph (100 km/h), right on the fuel curve’s sweetest spot. Read more

Trucking Territory Style

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.

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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 Kenworth K200 tri-axle prime mover pulling three trailers. Read more

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. Read more

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 thousands of European long-haul drivers are bedding down for the night in a truck (and I reckon 99.99 per cent of them will be doing it in a cab-over prime mover) you’d think that all of Europe’s truck makers would be keen to make their cabs as easy to move around in as possible. Read more

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. Read more

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 the genial, relaxed man in battered shorts and a shirt, with a dusty baseball cap, as a small concern. However, start talking about the task the company handles, plus the area covered and customers serviced, and you soon realise this is a big operation in a big country, using big trucks.

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