New name for IAP service provider

Chris Koniditsiotis, chief executive of Transport Certification Australia.

Transport Certification Australia Limited (TCA), the organisation administering the Intelligent Access Program (IAP), has announced that IAP service provider Vehicle Management Systems Pty Ltd (VMS) has changed its name to Ctrack Pty Ltd (Ctrack).

Chris Koniditsiotis, chief executive of TCA, welcomed the change, describing Ctrack as a company well established in European, Asian and African markets.

According to Max Verberne, managing director of Ctrack, “The local adoption of the Ctrack name was prompted by Digicore Holdings increasing its stake in VMS to become a majority shareholder.

“At Ctrack we support more than 1200 customers across Australia and New Zealand, with over 600,000 of our devices and services in use globally. We see an increasing awareness and adoption of certified telematics in the Australian road transport sector, which has grown through the expanding use of the IAP.”

Verberne went on to say that TCA certification provides IAP customers with assurance that the service provider is continually meeting the very highest standards across its business, including technology, business systems, organisational processes and customer service.

For his part, Chris Koniditsiotis was keen to stress that the name change will have no effect on the IAP services already being provided to customers of VMS.

“I look forward to working with Ctrack to support the growing needs of the road transport sector and governments now and into the future,” he said.

Further details about TCA can be found at

NTC report on new vehicle emissions

According to the National Transport Commission (NTC), new cars and light commercials will need to achieve a 10-fold reduction in carbon emissions by the middle of the century if transport is to play its part in meeting the commonwealth government’s target of an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050.

NTC commissioner Frank Muller made the comments while launching the NTC’s report titled ‘Carbon Dioxide Emissions from New Australian Light Vehicles 2011’ at The Cars of Tomorrow conference held recently.

“Industry, consumers and governments all have an important role to play in helping Australia reduce its emissions,” Muller said. “If Australians had made greener purchasing decisions in 2011, carbon emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles could have been cut by more than one third.”

The NTC’s report provides detailed up-to-date information about carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles sold in Australia during 2011.

“During 2011 there was a 2.8 percent reduction in carbon emitted from new vehicles, with a number of manufacturers working to make their vehicles greener,” Frank continued. “There is a tremendous opportunity to build on this progress by continuing to look at ways to encourage Australians to make greener car choices.”

Key findings from the report include:

  • In 2011, the national average carbon emissions from new passenger and light commercial vehicles was 206.6 g/km;
  • In 2011, 15 manufacturers sold 93 percent of the new light vehicles in Australia. Of these manufacturers, Suzuki had the lowest average corporate emissions (161 g/km) and Nissan the highest average corporate emissions (226 g/km);
  • In 2011, the average emissions from Australian-made light vehicles was 230 g/km. This represents a 6.9 percent reduction from 2010;
  • While there were more green vehicles available for sale in 2011, these vehicles were not amongst the best selling vehicles.

The NTC has reported the carbon dioxide emissions of new cars and light commercial vehicles for the past three years to provide a transparent benchmark on how Australia’s vehicle emissions are tracking.

The latest report is available on the NTC website:






Allison covers all bases at ITTES

Allison automatic equipped Fuso Fighter FK on display at the Melbourne ITTES.

Allison will utilise the Melbourne ITTES (International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show) on March 15-17 to highlight its latest technology 2000, 3000 and 4000 Series automatic transmissions installed in North American, Japanese and European trucks.

Allison automatic equipped vehicles are sold in Australia across a wide variety of applications, from distribution to waste collection, fire services and off-road tipper.

The company asserts that trucks and buses fitted with its transmissions are achieving impressive fuel economy, thanks to key features such as Load Based Shift Scheduling (LBSS) and Vehicle Acceleration Control (VAC), which maximise efficiency under varying loads and throttle settings.

Several manufacturers will feature Allison equipped trucks at the Melbourne ITTES.

Fuso, for example, will display a 2500 Series equipped Fighter FK Automatic that’s ideally suited to city delivery work.

In addition, Isuzu will debut its all-new FVY 1400 6×4 agitator featuring an Allison 3500 Series automatic with a power take-off (PTO) that’s said to be ideal for concrete mixer applications and a highly competitive tare weight for maximum payload potential.

UD will feature its Condor range of medium-duty trucks, all of which can be optioned with Allison automatics. The PK 16 250 is available with a five-speed 2500 Series unit while a six-speed 3000 Series remains available in other PK models.

The British built Dennis Eagle Elite 2 integrated refuse truck is available in five standard configurations including 4×2 RHS (right-hand steer), 4×2 Dual Control, 6×4 RHS, 6×4 Dual Control and 8×4 RHS configurations, all equipped with 3000 Series automatics and Cummins ISL engines.

Meanwhile, Mack’s Metro-Liner, available with a 4430 six-speed automatic with integral output retarder, is aimed primarily at construction and mine service support operations.

Completing the multicultural array of Allison equipped trucks on display at the ITTES is Iveco’s Eurocargo 225E28 6×2 featuring a 3000 Series six-speed automatic.







Mack boots winner announced

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IAP boosts productivity for Fletcher

Improved road access under the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) has helped Fletcher International Exports operate more efficiently, while also reducing community exposure to truck noise.

Based at Dubbo in central western NSW, Fletcher International Exports is a leading processor and supplier of sheep meat, skins, wool products and associated by-products to the global market.

“We used to transport 40 foot containers of export meat or sheep by-products on a tri-axle semi to the rail terminal located near the centre of Dubbo for transfer to Port Botany,” said the company’s managing director Roger Fletcher. “However, due to the 42.5 tonne gross mass limit we could not fill those containers.

“Dubbo City Council gave us approval to operate to 55 tonnes gross using a quad-axle semi-trailer – meaning we could fill the containers to capacity – however this still involved transport over local roads which, based on Council’s advice, were not built for such loads,” he added.

The council advised Fletcher that Yarrandale Road (on which the abattoir is situated) was constructed to a higher standard so the company decided to build its own inter-modal rail terminal within Dubbo’s industrial precinct just 750 metres from the abattoir. This suited the council because it no longer had the tri-axle semi-trailers operating on the back roads of Dubbo to the old rail terminal.

The contractor engaged to move the containers was required to install satellite telematics linked to an approved IAP service provider before operating the quad-axle unit.

“This solution means we can operate more efficiently while at the same time no longer exposing the local community to the noise of trucks taking our products to port,” Roger Fletcher concluded.

Transport ministers agree to PBS upgrade

Australia’s transport ministers have voted unanimously in favour of changes to Performance Based Standards (PBS) designed to boost the scheme’s ability to deliver a safer, more productive and sustainable trucking industry.

PBS was introduced in 2007 as a regulatory framework to enable the use of higher productivity vehicles on pre-approved routes. However, industry participation in the scheme has been limited by problems in gaining certainty of road network access and a lack of operational flexibility.

According to National Transport Commission (NTC) chief executive Nick Dimopoulos, changes to PBS will give truck operators greater certainty of access and operational flexibility and result in a range of benefits to the community.

“The changes will encourage industry to use safer and more efficient vehicles on our roads,” Dimopoulos stated. “With Australia’s freight task forecast to treble by 2050, the PBS scheme will position us well for the future as it will help keep costs to consumers down and reduce road congestion.

“As well as an overall $5.6 billion in savings to our economy, encouraging the use of more innovative and productive heavy vehicles is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.75 million tonnes and save over 85 lives by 2030.”

Changes to the scheme approved by ministers include:

  • Moving to a national system for vehicle assessment and access decisions for PBS vehicles under the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). Currently operators need to negotiate access with individual road managers;
  • Developing a system of modular assessment for PBS combination vehicles to allow a range of prime movers to be used providing they have been PBS approved to match the trailer specifications;
  • Offering the option for manufacturer self-certification to remove the requirement for manufacturers to employ a third party to certify each vehicle.

The changes are detailed in a Regulatory Impact Statement available on the NTC website and will be incorporated in an amendment bill to the Heavy Vehicle National Law which is expected to go to transport ministers in March 2012.

Changes to the scheme, once approved by the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI), will then come into effect when the NHVR becomes operational in 2013.

STL moves to lower CO2 emissions

The Södertälje (Sweden) based Scania Transport Laboratory (STL) has commissioned eight new prime movers that run on renewable bioethanol rather than diesel, a move the company claims will reduce the fleet’s CO2 emissions by around 70 percent.

STL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Scania, tests and evaluates vehicle characteristics and performance in commercial haulage. It does this under ‘real world’ conditions while transporting truck components and packaging material between the Södertälje headquarters and various production and assembly facilities throughout northern Europe.

“As a supplier of transport solutions, it is important for us to take the lead in developing sustainable alternative solutions and demonstrate how sustainability and efficiency are linked in practice,” said Anders Nielsen, Scania’s head of production and logistics. “By switching to ethanol, Scania is demonstrating that sustainable solutions can be achieved – here and now – with technology that is already available today.”

Scania currently offers a range of products and services – known as Ecolution by Scania – designed to assist truck and bus operators in reducing their fleets’ CO2 emissions.

To help increase the availability of renewable fuels for commercial vehicles, Scania will open a public filling station in Södertälje later this year with fuel dispensers for RME (rapeseed methyl ester), ED95 (ethanol) and biogas.



G & R Newcastle – Kenworth Dealer of 2011

Paccar Australia managing director Joe Rizzo (left) with Craig Sutton, director of the Suttons Group

The Newcastle (NSW) dealership of one of Australia’s oldest truck dealer groups –Gilbert & Roach – has taken out what’s widely considered the trucking industry’s most coveted dealer award, the 2011 Kenworth Dealer of the Year.

The announcement was made at Paccar Australia’s annual dealer awards event. The awards are open to Kenworth dealers from various parts of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Dealers are judged on a points system across five main areas, including general dealership performance, truck sales, customer service, finance and parts support.

The G & R dealer group was established in 1946 and joined the Suttons Group in 1971. The Newcastle dealership was appointed a Kenworth dealer in 1981 and a DAF dealer in 2002. It services the greater Newcastle and HunterValley region, extending from The Entrance in the south to Taree in the north and Merriwa in the west.

At the awards ceremony, Paccar Australia managing director, Joe Rizzo, congratulated the dealership on its outstanding performance in all areas as well as its unwavering commitment to customers.

“Gilbert & Roach Newcastle is a fine Paccar dealer which sets an excellent example for the entire industry,” Joe said. “It has worked tirelessly and been a high achiever over many years. In fact, the dealership has won several Kenworth prizes for both truck and parts sales. It has also finished a number of times in the top three dealers for the Kenworth Service Award.”

On accepting the award, director of the Suttons Group, Craig Sutton, said it was a great honour to be recognised as the best dealer in the best dealer network in the region.

“We are delighted to have won this award. The Kenworth Dealer of the Year is an accolade all of our dealerships have been striving toward for years,” Craig said. “This award is for all of our staff in Newcastle, led by Tony Cox. Staff members in every department work together as a team, delivering a consistent service to all customers before, during and after the sale.”

Isuzu to display F-series agitator at ITTES

Isuzu will have one of the largest exhibits at the 2012 International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show (ITTES) due to be held from March 15 to 17 at the Melbourne showgrounds. Among the 17 vehicle array and making its public debut will be the much anticipated F-series agitator.

Isuzu claims the new FVY 1400 6×4 agitator features a cab/chassis specification – including power take-off – that lends itself to concrete mixer applications. It is said to also offer a highly competitive tare weight which allows for maximum payload.

The Australian overall truck market leader’s ITTES display is designed to showcase its enormous range, and will accordingly feature a selection of light, medium and heavy-duty models from the N, F, FX and Giga ranges.

In addition to cab/chassis vehicles, Isuzu will show a selection of its ready-to-work models including the latest edition of its popular car licence driven NPR 200 Tradepack.

The Tradepack is ideal for busy tradespeople who want to make a purchase and have the vehicle on the job site shortly afterwards with no waiting for fitment of a tray by a body builder. The model is available in both Standard and Premium guises.

A leading manufacturer of alternatively fuelled trucks, Isuzu will exhibit two of its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered trucks – an NLR 200 CNG and FSR 700/850 CNG. Also on display will be one of Toll Group’s FSR 700 CNG units in full corporate livery.

According to Isuzu, these vehicles offer lower running costs and notable environmental benefits – including zero particulate matter emissions – compared to traditional diesel-powered trucks.

The extensive truck range will be complemented with a selection of parts and accessories displays covering Isuzu Genuine Parts and Best Value Parts (BVP) as well as an Isuzu industrial engine.

Those visiting the show can find the Isuzu stand at BH91 in the Boulevard Hoecker.


Old timers roll into Melbourne

An eclectic collection of antique vehicles, including a number of Internationals, will be on display at the Melbourne showgrounds as part of the forthcoming International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show (ITTES).

Whilst show goers will be able to view every new age piece of trucking technology imaginable at the event, they may be forgiven for thinking they’ve taken a step back in time when they witness a special collection of trucks that put in the hard yards during the industry’s formative era.

Among these trucks will be a 1966 International R190 that once played an active role in the Linfox fleet and still proudly wears its yellow and red livery. This model rose to prominence during the 1950s and for the next decade or so was one of the most popular trucks on Australian highways.

Also fronting up will be a very rare red 1952 International L205 which is likely to generate much interest among visitors. Although this model played an important part in America’s trucking history, it was never actually released onto the Australian market.

One of the oldest vehicles to be shown is a 1940 International KS 5. ‘Ol Sweetheart’ was used by A. Jack Turner inVictoria’s Notting Hill district.

The commercial road transport industry has continued to keep Australia moving for decades upon decades. And, while the trucks used to transport goods across the country have continued to evolve as a result of technological developments, safety advancements and upgrades in design and capabilities, the show’s organising body believes it’s important to reflect on the machinery that played a significant role in shaping the industry we know today.

The ITTES is a free event for both trade and the general public, with visitors encouraged to register for entry via