Young Driver Prize, Professor Byrne, an Auto Van and a New Two-Way

Young Driver Prize, Professor Byrne, an Auto Van and a New Two-Way

This week we are featuring a Young Driver Prize, Professor Byrne, a Manual Van and a New Two-Way in Diesel News.


The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) is seeking nominations from outstanding young truck drivers (21-35yrs) for the 2018 LBRCA Young Driver Award. A $5,000 trip to the USA will go to the award winner, who must demonstrate a best practice approach to driving and safety.


Nominations are open until February 16 2018, with the award presented at the LBRCA and Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association Combined National Conference in Coffs Harbour, in March 2018. According to the LBRCA, the award winner will be a role model for the rural transport industry, and will help to promote rural transport as a viable, long term career choice for young people.


“Rural transport is an essential service and we have an aging workforce,” says

Lynley Miner, LBRCA President. “Without rural transporters, Australian produce wouldn’t get from the farm gate to the table. The job is a lot more challenging than people realise – the hours are long, the work can be dangerous, and compliance can be complicated.”
Michael Byrne, with Dr Hermione Parsons.

Toll Boss, now a Professor


Deakin University’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL) has appointed Toll Group’s managing director, Michael Byrne, as its inaugural Adjunct Professor. CSCL Director Dr Hermione Parsons said Professor Byrne’s extensive experience in the supply chain and logistics sector positioned him as an innovator whose insights were highly sought-after.


“Michael is a statesman, a thought leader and a visionary; he has an exceptional mind. He makes an exceptional contribution to this industry and is so generous with his time and his thoughts,” said Dr Parsons.


Professor Byrne warmly welcomed his appointment as Adjunct Professor, using his inaugural address this week to urge the industry to help shape the next generation of innovative thinkers.


“As industry leaders it is incumbent upon us to attract, retain and develop talented people to propel our industry forward. In order to do this, the industry must take an active role to shape the next generation’s curriculum by making mathematics a core subject; expanding languages to build a multilingual Australia; and rethinking higher education as a norm – not an exception,” said Byrne.


New Style Two-Way


This week sees the launch of Australia’s first two-way radio style transceiver but on a cellular network, providing previously unavailable push-to-talk communication across Australia, powered by Telstra.


ToooAir’s new product is claimed to provide: nation-wide push-to-talk communications, GPS tracking, dispatching software, instant voice and text messages, and tunnel, basement and in-building coverage.


Unlike traditional radio networks, ToooAir’s product provides Australia-wide communication through a one-to-one or one-to-many two-way radio style system, but utilising the cellular mobile phone network. Due to this use of cellular multi-site technology, operational teams across Australia can communicate at the touch of a button, also providing superior in-building, tunnel and basement coverage.

Kangoo Goes Auto


The Renault Kangoo Maxi diesel is now available with a six-speed automatic Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission.


The two-pedal turbo diesel Kangoo Maxi uses a development of the DC4 six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch automated transmission, the same unit fitted to the 1.2 litre petrol Kangoo that was launched in Australia in February this year.


The six-speed EDC is an automated dry dual clutch transmission. The ideal gear for any driving condition is selected automatically by an electronic control unit. Gearshift control is of the ‘P-R-N-D’ type and includes an ‘up/down’ ‘manual’ shift mode. A push forward on the gear lever directs the transmission to downshift, with a pull backwards to upshift.