Chipping and Tipping

In the area at the western end of Victoria and into South Australia, the forests are alive with the trucking industry involved in chipping and tipping. Here’s a video of the wood chip unloading facility at Portland in Victoria. Three lifting platforms keep the wood chip flowing out of the trucks, into the processing facility and onto the waiting ships bound for various Asian ports. The trucks pull onto the platform and then a...

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The Future Is Coming

There is no doubt about it, the future is coming and there is very little we can do about it. The one certainty in life is change, nothing ever remains the same, everything moves on, whether we like it or not. Now some of the most powerful high-tech companies in the world are turning their greedy gaze on our industry, road freight. Uber has launched its Uber freight service with this YouTube video and we can be sure they have the...

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Have Drone, Will Travel

Trucking videos have been transformed by the ‘Have Drone, Will Travel’ brigade who are coming up with quality material in the wilder trucking environments. This is an example of the genre, by Danny Morton, out of Longreach, concentrating on the livestock carting industry which is the lifeblood of this part of Queensland. Rural and remote Australia is an ideal environment for the drone enthusiast to ply their art. There’s plenty of...

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Wheelie Quick Isuzu

This is a wheelie quick Isuzu truck pulling off an incredible stunt back in a 1980s TV advert for the Japanese market. No wonder the Isuzu brand has been number one for so long here in Australia, no other truck can wheelie like this. Diesel News is still trying to figure out how they achieved this in the days before CGI and all of the other electronic magic.   For Hino, the eighties meant big hair:   Of course, for Fuso, the...

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Better Bridge Assessment

This new technology in the US, THMPER, is showing exactly what loads a bridge can take. For years, many in the trucking industry have disputed the bridge assessments done by the states in Australia, underestimating the truck masses the bridge can safely carry. Not only are the tests showing a consistent pattern of unnecessary bridge weight limits, the testing is also quick and cheap. Another criticism levelled at the keepers of our...

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Autonomous Trucks Now

We can keep our heads in the sand and tell ourselves they are decades away, but there are some real-world examples of the latest technology making this possible in quite a short time.   These examples are from Volvo, but you can be sure every major truck maker is pouring plenty of dollars into autonomous programs all over the world. In fact, the basic technology should be available to all of them, as the gizmos which make it...

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