Summit Tower Hire unveils factory-first Scania P 440 SCR 8×8

Marco Peters, CEO/Managing Director of Summit Tower Hire with Janice McLay, Australian Diabetes Council Head of Government and Business Partnerships, Mike Wilton, Chairman of STH and Nigel Soden, Director STH.

Summit Tower Hire is boosting its fleet as well as drawing valuable attention to charity groups.  Its latest vehicle, a Scania P 440 SCR 8×8 truck built by the factory with a Bronto 50-metre Skylift with a new 3-section 15-metre expandable fly boom, was presented at Summit’s open day at Albion Park in Brisbane last week.

It featured the bright yellow Bronto S50XDT-J Skylift complete with the Bumble Bee logo of the Australian Diabetes Council, promoting awareness diabetes.

The new 50-metre Skylift was joined at the open day by a 70-metre unit already working for the company, also mounted on an 8×8 Scania P-series.

A growing number of Summit Tower Hire’s existing Bronto Skylifts are painted in the colours and carry the logos of charities the company supports, including Beyond Blue, which fights depression in men, and even a pink one raising awareness for the McGrath Foundation targeted at women’s breast cancer.

A second new Scania P 440 SCR 8×8 to arrive shortly, will feature a purple and black painted Skylift supporting Dragonfly Kids, a charity devoted to children who have par110ents with terminal cancer.

A third Scania P 440 SCR 8×8 arrives in September with an orange and black ‘Tiger’ stripe design. The vehicle is insulated for work in high voltage environments, where ‘tiger tail’ striped warning tape is commonly deployed on power lines. The insulation capacity of this Bronto boom will have been tested to resist 1 million volts during sign-off in Sweden.

“By painting our Skylifts in the colours of charities we provide exposure and awareness of their work, both during transit and on worksites,” said Nigel Soden, a Director of Summit Tower Hire.

“It is good for us to put something back into our community. Diabetes is a disease known only too well at Summit. Each and every employee knows someone who is affected by diabetes,” he said, before handing over a cheque for $2000 to ADC’s Head of Government and Business Partnerships, Janice McLay.

“Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in Australia, with one person diagnosed every 5 minutes. This means 290 people per day are told they have the disease,” Ms McLay said.

“There are 1.1 million sufferers in Australia, and this is expected to increase to 3.6 million by the end of 2017. The Australia Diabetes Council is incredibly grateful for the support the team at Summit Tower Hire has given us in the fight against diabetes.”

The ADC Bumble Bee design focuses attention on the annual ‘Buzz Day’, which this year takes place on 20 September, though diabetes awareness activities are expected to run through the month.


A new York launches at the 2013 Brisbane Truck Show

IMG_1414Global axle and suspension manufacturer, York Transport Equipment, has chosen the back drop of the 2013 Brisbane Truck Show to unveil its brand new message with a revamped corporate identity and communications strategy for the Australian market.

The new look and direction compliments the refocused strategic direction following the 100% acquisition by world-leading automotive company, Tata Group, in 2012.

The rebrand is a result of extensive customer feedback, which consistently revealed the same sentiment: customers felt York had been missing in the marketplace over a period of several years.

Customers didn’t understand what the York brand stood for, or trust that it would deliver what it promised.

These insights have fuelled York to reinvent the brand in the market and reignite its position as a partner to the fleets and the OEMs. This is embodied in a new brand message with the focus on one simple yet crucial promise: delivering the lowest total cost of ownership.

“One thing we heard consistently from customers was that we were not delivering on our promises; we had failed them and we needed to change,” said Phil Craker, York Country Head – Australia.

“We needed to change the way we did things internally as well as strengthen what it was that the York brand meant to reassure fleets and OEMs that they would be getting the best possible support when they chose York. We needed to change our culture to deliver on the promises we made and we needed to let this be the indicator of our success,” Mr Craker said.

With Tata showing full confidence in York with its 100 per cent buyout in 2012, York had the opportunity to look at what it did uniquely to others and to clearly define the benchmarks it had created since its inception over 50 years ago, with the view to proving how it delivers the total lowest cost of ownership.

“It’s an easy thing to talk about the ‘lowest total cost of ownership’, but we wanted to make sure we could consistently keep this promise. We have created tools and aids to show customers what the promise really means to them,” Mr Craker added.

Through its reliable equipment, service, understanding and commitment, York now has a clear message to the market on exactly how they can assist them in reducing costs to their operations.

“York will work closely with the local and global transport industry to understand exactly what they need. With its finger on the pulse of what is important to the industry and to the fleets, York is investing in smart designs that feature lower weight, durability and efficiency, so our customers can enjoy reduced maintenance and far fewer failures on the road,” added Phil. “This is backed up by the world-class knowledge and experience it has access to as a TATA Enterprise.”

“We know customers require reliable equipment delivered on time – that is a given and expected by any supplier in the marketplace. Where York is unique is its global partnerships and networks which means we act not only as a supplier but as an advocate to our customers, especially fleets. Whether it is helping customers stay ahead of changing regulations or meeting requirements like the PBS in Australia, York now has the ability to be more than just a stock standard supplier. York is focused on strengthening our role as a trusted partner to the fleets and OEMs to help them grow their business,” Mr Craker said.

“And in 2013 that means being a consultant just as much as it means supplying good quality running gear on time.”

York’s new brand identity is communicated through a whole new look and feel, with a focus on simplicity, showing customers that ‘what you see is what you get’. This is achieved through the use of black and white photography and fresh content for customer brochures. In late 2013-14, customers will also see a new user-friendly and customer-driven website, and York’s first print and online advertising campaigns.

“It comes down to honesty. We are showing customers we have no gimmicks. Just results,” said Mr Craker.

Central to York’s brand platform is telling real stories of York customers and how the equipment has helped them achieve better business results. This is achieved through the expansion and fresh design of the popular York Talk magazine, along with video and print case studies.

“We are proud to take the lead in working more closely with the industry and our customers. This is a turning point for York and our customers,” said Mr Craker.

Heavy Vehicle National Laws clear another legislative hurdle

The most significant road transport reform Australia has ever undertaken has cleared another legislative hurdle.

This month, the Queensland Government passed the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Amendment Bill 2012, paving the way for one national rule book for Australia’s heavy vehicle industry.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says last week’s Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Bill 2012 meant 12 pieces of legislation over 8,000 pages was now one piece of legislation, just over 700 pages in length.

“That is an incredible reduction in the regulatory burden on industry and serves to reduce confusion for heavy vehicle operators, heavy vehicle enforcers and transport agencies,” Mr Emerson says.

“I’ve had many conversations with Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and other states to agree on the terms and deliver this national program, hosted in Queensland.

“This means other Australian states and territories can follow Queensland’s lead in passing the national law, empowering a single regulator for the heavy vehicle industry.”

Improvements brought about by the Heavy Vehicle National Law will result in estimated productivity benefits of $162 million per year, accruing to industry and the economy over the next 22 years.

“The establishment of a regulator has also received strong support from the nation’s freight and logistics industry, particularly during the comment period,” Mr Emerson says.

“The Regulator will be a single contact point – a ‘one-stop-shop’ providing centralised business services and information to heavy vehicle owners, operators and drivers across the nation.

“We’re looking at being able to improve productivity and safety, removing inefficient policies and streamlining arrangements to see reductions in costs and regulatory burdens Australia-wide.”

When the Heavy Vehicle National Law comes into effect across Australia, the Regulator would be able to start administering the law and would be responsible for national heavy vehicle regulatory services.

The HVNL will be administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), which opened for business earlier this year.

The NHVR Board Chair, the Hon. Bruce Baird AM, welcomed the Bill’s passing as a tremendous milestone more than five years in the making.

“This Bill is an extraordinary achievement for industry and all levels of government across Australia,” Mr Baird says.

“I’m pleased to see this collaborative effort reflected in the Queensland Parliament, where the HVNL Amendment Bill received strong bipartisan support.

“The legislative wheels are now rolling and we’re looking forward to delivering real safety, productivity and efficiency improvements for the heavy vehicle industry.”

The HVNL consolidates eight different sets of state and territory road transport laws into one national rule book, meaning reduced red tape for industry and reduced transport costs that should flow on to all operators, large and small.

Currently an operator carrying a truckload of bananas travelling from Far North Queensland to Melbourne must comply with three different sets of laws, a huge administrative burden on the 85 percent of operators that are small, family-operated enterprises.

“The benefits of one national rule book are substantial – it’s been estimated to unlock productivity gains for the heavy vehicle industry of up to $12.4 billion over the next 20 years, which also means savings all along the supply chain, right through to consumers.

“When you consider that delivery costs account for an estimated 43 per cent of the cost of a loaf of bread, the potential for hip-pocket savings is very real.”

Mr Baird thanks Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson for his strong support and says he looks forward to the adoption of the HVNL by participating states and territories later in 2013.

Once the HVNL is adopted nationally, the NHVR will deliver a wide range of services in a one-stop-shop for key heavy vehicle road transport business with government.

The NHVR opened for business on January 21 and currently manages the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and design and vehicle approvals for Performance-Based Standards (PBS).

Sometimes it’s good to hold back – Scania Retarder celebrates 20 years

The Scania Retarder has been holding heavy loads back for 20 years, using a dedicated piece of mechanical wizardry attached to the rear of the gearbox.

The Retarder educes braking system wear and tear and boosts safety by keeping the service brakes cold for full emergency performance when a driver needs it most.

The way to slow down a moving standard truck – in addition to applying the wheel brakes – is to shift down and use the engine brake.

All trucks have an engine brake, but they are often noisy and therefore less suitable in urban areas. But Scania trucks also have the Scania Retarder, which together with downshifting can be considered a third auxiliary braking system.

“Scania Retarder is capable of dealing with 90 percent of all braking on long-haul work, so it substantially increases the service life of the wheel brakes,” says Tomas Selling, a control system development engineer at Scania.

In addition, the saved costs of downtime, materials and work for changing the linings and brake pads on a prime mover and semitrailer mean that a Scania Retarder may pay for itself within a few years. And that’s before the additional safety feature of keeping the service brakes cold is considered.

The Scania Retarder was launched in 1993. Together with Scania Opticruise (automated gear changing), the Scania Retarder is able to automatically choose the gear that needs to be engaged in line with the cooling and braking performance required.

Both share the same control lever on the steering column.

“The Scania Retarder distributes the braking power in a vehicle to as many different systems as possible, keeping the brake pads and linings as cool as possible. In an emergency, the pads can then deliver as much braking as possible,” says Selling.

In a Scania truck, the driver can use the Retarder either in fully automatic mode (actuated by the brake pedal) or in a manual mode (actuated by the lever on the steering column). In automatic mode, the brake pedal activates the Retarder, automatically alleviating the disc brakes. But there is a surprising additional benefit to the Retarder:

“Because a higher safe downhill speed can be maintained, trucks fitted with Scania Retarder can achieve a higher average speed on undulating roads, compared with trucks only equipped with exhaust brakes,” says Selling.

Scania Retarder is a hydraulic system that is integrated into the output end of a truck’s gearbox and uses high-pressure oil as a braking medium. Via a gear transmission, the Retarder acts on the output shaft of the gearbox and thus directly on the propeller shaft.

Once the Retarder is applied, it generates a braking force on the propeller shaft corresponding to up to 500 kW, depending on the propeller shaft speed and the applied braking torque. This is about two to three times more braking power than can be delivered by the engine brake.

The lever on the steering column controls Retarder braking in five steps of increasing brake power. Depending on the position of the automatic exhaust brake switch, the automatic exhaust brake is also activated with increasing brake power to achieve the highest possible performance.

“In Australia, we have demonstrated frequently the value of the Scania Retarder,” says Ian Butler, Scania Product and Application Support, New Trucks.

“For instance, a highly competent driver heading into Adelaide should be able to run down the Mount Lofty Road quite safely using only the Scania Retarder, leaving the service brakes untouched and ready for emergency activation.

“The same could be said for the run down the Toowoomba Ranges and many of the other steep descents typically found on Australia’s main highways. We often hear reports from drivers that they are amazed at the Scania Retarder’s performance on first acquaintance, and they quickly become committed to using it to assist their safe driving on a daily basis,” Ian says.

Don Tallon Bridge in Bundaberg to reopen today

The Don Tallon Bridge in Bundaberg will reopen to traffic from this morning after the damage caused by the devastating floods.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Australian Defence Force was progressing very well with the removal of the temporary steel bridge.

“In conjunction, my department has already been able to make a start on the final road surface repairs, including the laying of asphalt,” Mr Emerson said.

“If everything continues to progress well overnight, we expect both lanes of the bridge will be fully restored in the morning and available for peak hour traffic.

“Once reopened, all vehicles will be able to use the major transport and freight link, including heavy vehicle operators.”

Minister for Police and Community Safety and Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey congratulated everyone involved in completing this massive task.

“A special thanks to the Army for all of its assistance in setting up and removing the temporary steel bridge, which has been of great benefit the past few days,” Mr Dempsey said.

“Transport and Main Roads has also done an incredible job in reopening the bridge so quickly given the significance of the damage and definitely shown its commitment to getting Queensland back on its feet.

“I’d also like to thank the travelling public who have been extremely patient and cooperative while Transport and Main Roads has worked to repair the bridge.

“It’s a major milestone and I believe we’ve taken another huge step in bringing both communities either side of the Burnett River back together after the devastating flood.”

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The gender agenda gaining momentum for Transport & Logistics

The Women in Transport Breakfast hosted by the Queensland Trucking Association.

The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) is holding its International Women’s Day Breakfast in March by celebrating the achievements of ‘Women in Road Transport’.

It is an event well worth attending to see how you can improve your business and ramp up productivity by including women in strategic and non-traditional roles in your workplace.Finding and retaining staff is an ongoing issue with the industry and this event has some of the best minds when it comes to training, attaining and retaining staff.

The feature of the Breakfast will be an Industry Panel of industry champions who are leading the way with diversity initiatives, workforce development and generational change within the Transport & Logistics Industry.

The Panel will be facilitated by Louise Perram-Fisk, Managing Director, Emberin and includes 2012 QTA Trucking Woman of the Year Award winner, Tracie Dickenson (Daryl Dickenson Transport), Paul Kalhert, All Purpose Transport and 2012 QTA Ltd People Leadership Award Winner for ‘Project APT’, Kevin Campbell, CEO Transpacific Industries Group and Nicole Holyer, DP World and 2012 SCLAA(Q) Future Leader.

The Breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Golf Club 70 Tennyson Memorial Ave, Yeerongpilly on Wednesday March 6 from 7am (7:15am start) to 9:30am. Cost per person – $30.00 or Table of 8 – $200.00. there are limited spaces so get in quick. Contact the QTA Ltd office on Phone: 07 3394 4388 or Email Lisa Acret or Justine Parkes or download the form on the QTA website.

Win a trip to Trucking Australia 2013 on Hamilton Island


In a radical change of direction the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has created a new national trucking event to replace its traditional yearly Convention.

Structured as an open meeting, Trucking Australia 2013 is the trucking industry’s chance to have its say, help build the industry’s policies and work out plans to get them put into place. All this on tropical Hamilton Island.

The sessions will include:

  • building a new safety action plan for the industry;
  • planning the way forward on the carbon tax and road charges;
  • working out how to beat the staff shortage and recruit more women and younger drivers; and
  • mapping out how to turn those ideas into results through grassroots lobbying, the media and the ATA and its member associations.

The event is designed to let grass roots transport operators help shape the future direction of the industry and is shorter in time and less expensive than the tradition convention.”

Cummins South Pacific are running a competition which will see three people win a trip to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays to attend Trucking Australia 2013. Each winner can also bring a guest to the ATA Foundation Sponsors Awards Dinner, Kenworth Legends Luncheon and BPW BBQ.

Trucking Australia 2013 is the Australian Trucking Association’s new national event, which will be held on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June 2013.

The prize includes:

  • one full delegate registration to Trucking Australia 2013
  • two nights’ standard accommodation at the Hamilton Island Reef View hotel
  • one return economy air fare to Hamilton Island from any Australian capital city; and
  • one social ticket package for a guest (air fare not included).

The competition is open to all Australian trucking operators and their employees.

To enter simply tell them in 100 words or less what you would bring to the table at Trucking Australia 2013, and how you would use the experience to improve the trucking industry.

Send your answer along with your name, company, position and contact details to One winner will be announced each month from January to March.

Col Baker, Cummins Manager Automotive Sales and Customer Service, said attending Trucking Australia 2013 would be an invaluable opportunity for trucking operators to have their say about issues in the industry and use their experience to drive policy direction.

“We’re proud to work with the ATA on this valuable initiative. Cummins realises that to make our industry the best it can be, we need to hear from the people at the coalface,” he said.

“That’s why we’re giving three operators the opportunity to attend this event as Cummins hosted delegates.”

The winners will be published each month in the ATA’s Friday Facts newsletter. The first entry round closes on 21 January 2013.

24 years on top for Isuzu

Isuzu Trucks has extended its reign atop the Australian truck market sales charts achieving its 24th consecutive year of total market leadership following strong 2012 sales results.

According to official T-mark industry reports, Isuzu finished the year with a total of 7,190 truck sales, surpassing last year’s sales of 6,617 units.

This result provided the brand with 23.4 per cent market share, almost 10 per cent clear of its closest rival, who trailed with 13.7 per cent for a total of 4,216 units.

As well as taking out overall sales honours, Isuzu continued to dominate the light market with 37.3 per cent share for a total of 3,367 units while extending its medium market leadership with 42.9 per cent share and 2,883 units.

In the heavy market, Isuzu finished a creditable fifth with 8.3 per cent share, a standing that is expected to improve this year following the recent introduction of its

Isuzu extends market leadership to 24 consecutive years

heavy duty FY Series 8×4 range.

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) Director and Chief Operating Officer, Phil Taylor, said Isuzu trucks remained a popular choice for new and existing truck buyers across the country.

“We’d like to thank our loyal truck customers for their continued support in helping us achieve these excellent sales results,” Mr Taylor said.

“The customer is at the forefront of everything we do and we focus on providing them with a truck line-up and associated support services that will closely meet their requirements, whether they are a small retail customer right through to a large corporate fleet.”

Mr Taylor said he expected truck sales to further improve in the next 12 months in line with the economy.

“The total truck market should again experience modest improvements in 2013,” he said.

“The heavy duty market was strong in 2012 and will likely continue in that manner this year – with our new heavy duty FY Series 8×4 range, we are confident of taking advantage of this in 2013.”

Sandown Drive Days 2013 event tickets now on sale

Neil Chambers, Chief Executive of the Victorian Transport Association, announced that after months of planning, “We are excited to present the best ever Sandown Drive Days to the transport industry.”

“This is the third event of its kind, and it is becoming renowned as the best interactive, hands-on event that demonstrates the latest technologies and innovations of our industry,” he said.

Tickets are now available online, priced at $165 per session.

The event includes working demonstrations of trucks, trailers, vans, cars and motorcycles. The latest advances in transport technology, workplace safety solutions and best practice maintenance will be demonstrated, as well as sessions on Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles and bulk tanker emergency response.

The third Sandown Drive Days event has the active support of leading organisations within the commercial road transport industry, including VicRoads, the National Transport Commission, Transport Certification Australia, Transport Accident Commission, CityLink, EastLink and WorkSafe Victoria as well as leading truck manufacturers Daimler Trucks, Hino, Paccar, Scania and Volvo and a number of other leading companies.

Two days of activities across a range of areas including:

  • On track driving of heavy vehicles, cars and vans
  • Vehicle maintenance demonstrations
  • Technology demonstrations
  • Safety and productivity demonstrations
  • Bulk tanker emergency exercise and tanker inspection

New safety technologies are now available in a wide range of vehicles. Over fifteen different trucks will be demonstrating some of these leading features, as well as a range of vans and cars with similar technologies. Fleet buyers can protect their staff by getting technology resulting in a reduction in the cost of crashes, worker compensation and loss of productivity. Attendees can compare the features, giving them a better understanding of the potential that this latest equipment offers for improved productivity and safety.The Sandown Drive Days 2013 event is much more than just trucks and trailers. Maintenance sessions, hands on technology displays and demonstrations of the latest in load restraint and safety equipment make this a truly practical experience across the full range of issues for the transport sector.?“With the range of activities, it is a good idea for companies to send people to different sessions to pick up the ideas and benefit from witnessing the equipment in action,” Mr Chambers added.


Where: Sandown Racecourse, 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale?When: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March.?Time: Thursday 9am-12pm, Thursday 1pm-4pm, Friday 9am-12pm.?Tickets: $165 per session including GST online at

Voting time for transport operators

Voter registrations and nominations are now open for the 2013 Australian Trucking Association election.?In this election, owner drivers and the operators of small trucking fleets will elect two representatives to the ATA General Council, which sets the ATA’s policy direction on key issues like safety, professionalism and operator viability.

If you own, are purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes and are on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll, this is a critical opportunity to have your voice heard about the industry’s future. You do not need to be a member of an ATA member organisation to vote.

For the first time in an ATA election, you can register to vote online, making it quicker and easier than ever before to sign up toelect your representatives. A printable voter registration form is also available.

Owner drivers and small fleet operators who want to help build the industry’s future are invited to nominate for one of the two positions.

To become a candidate for the single truck owner driver position, you must own, be purchasing or leasing one truck over 4.5 tonnes and drive it. For the small fleet position, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 2-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes. Candidates must be members of an ATA member organisation.

Voter registrations and nominations close on 11 February 2013. If there are more candidates than vacancies, there will be an election by postal ballot.

Register to vote now