It’s a nightmare scenario, road trains in narrow back streets. This time it’s in Brazil, but it does show us the sort of chaos which can ensue with uncontrolled use of inappropriate trucks in the wrong location.
The trucking industry needs more youth innovation in many areas. One of the initiatives we have coming up this year is going to see young design students engaging with the trucking industry to help come up with a campaign to get drivers better educated about how to behave around trucks.
There are some sensible truckies out there, it’s just that most of the time we only notice the problem members of the trucking community. This driver, Rod, is a case in point. He is producing well made and interesting videos and posting them on YouTube. His production values and human values look pretty good as well.
This load seems to have been called the VicRoads Superload for some reason. The reason being the Victorian road authority supervised the massive move from Gippsland through several Melbourne suburbs to the Port of Melbourne and a waiting ship. The actual operator doing the job was Lampsons. Read more
Over in the US, you know when something is going to happen, it’s when Kenworth get involved, and now Kenworth goes electric, showing off its new Zero Emission Cargo Transport (ZECT). It’s a T680 powered by a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid power system using a 100 kWh lithium ion battery. This power train means the truck has 560 hp available to it. Read more
Yes, it’s a silly ad pitting old trucks vs new trucks in an advert for Philips truck parts in the USA, but it also shows us how far we have come in little more than a lifetime. Truck traffic barely existed before the period between the First and second World Wars, the heavy lifting had been done by horses and trains up until that point. Read more
Here is Melinda Pavey laying out the road safety agenda for New South Wales in the next few years. Her job title is quite a long one, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. In fact, as she introduces herself and gives us her title, this is the only time she mentions ‘freight’. Read more
When the really big technology companies get involved with last mile access, you know things are going to change dramatically. The involvement of a global giant like Boeing tells us the technology and smarts are in place to radically change the world of the last mile of any delivery process. Read more
Is this the truck of the future? Or is it the truck of the past? It is, in fact, a futuristic prototype truck which was built well over ten years ago.
This week’s video brings us an excellent example of some extreme truck testing from the Czech Republic. This sees a 4×4 Tatra climbing up and over a seemingly impossible obstacle, designed to show off the off road performance of these all terrain trucks. Read more