After a particularly worrying increase in non-impact fires in the National Truck Accident Research Centre 2013 survey results, a lot of publicity around the truck fire issue had an impact with many in the industry focusing on the issue. This resulted in improved numbers in the 2015 report results with a 20 per cent decrease in non-impact fires. Read more
Perhaps I have been around trucking too long, but listening to a debate about the Inland Rail project, there was a lot of reference to a familiar topic, road vs rail, it’s deja vu all over again! How long do we have to listen to all of the bluster? It’s not either trucks or rail, it’s trucks and rail, it always was. Read more
Black boxes have been added to truck cabins and now it’s time to integrate the functionality into a single system, truck development is at a tipping point, in electronics terms. Diesel News talks to one of the suppliers of these systems, Directed Technologies. Read more
The National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) has been producing reports using the data collected by National Transport Insurance (NTI) in accident claims for many years and the next chapter from NTARC was unveiled at the Trucking 19 Australian Trucking Association Conference. This latest report, covering 2017, has just been released and Adam Gibson, NTI Transport and Logistics Risk Engineer and author of the NTARC report, presented the results in Perth.
Going Global’s European Correspondent, Will Shiers, explores the UK’s growing demand for low-entry cabs on the streets of London, and gets behind the wheel of the market-leading Mercedes-Benz Econic. Read more
Here we see a supreme example of a safety solution waiting, waiting and waiting to get adopted, but the wheels of progress grind exceedingly slow. This video was made back in 2016, but this is still the only working example of such a system in Australia. Read more
Truck development is at a tipping point, in electronics terms, the future of the black box will see integration of functionality into a single system. Diesel News talks to one of the suppliers of these systems, Directed Technologies. Read more
The two latest new models from Kenworth are the T410 and the T360, effectively replacing the current T409 and the T359. These are the most recent updates to the Kenworth range, as the 2.1 metre wide standard cabin design works its way across the offering from the Bayswater-based company. Read more
Mick Baker runs a small fleet of trucks out of small base in Dalby, 200km west of Brisbane, on the Darling Downs and insists on running the trucks right. Still driving himself, Mick comes from a farming background. His father grew up on the farm and has a farm with a couple of trucks. He spent his youth driving a Mack R600 around the paddock. Read more
The latest issues paper has been released by the National Transport Commission in the long winded process to completely rebuild from the ground up the Heavy Vehicle National Law, and it seems to be calling for common sense and rationality? Never!