Awards, Seatbelts and Regional Funding

Safety award for Frasers

At the 9th Annual Safe Work Australia Awards, Frasers Livestock Transport picked an award for the best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue. Ross Fraser received the award from Federal Employment Minister, Eric Abetz, in Old Parliament House in Canberra last week. 

The company received the award for ‘taking a proactive and innovative approach to the risks associated with cross-loading cattle from one trailer to another by designing and building a totally new apparatus which makes the job safer, easier and quicker’. This award follows wins in two categories of the Queensland Safe Work Awards in 2013.

The loading system removes the need for drivers to work within, climb or stand on the crate, drastically decreasing the risk of falls, trips and contact with livestock.  It also includes safety rails around ladders and gantries as well as lights to aid night work.


Breaking the rules

The participants in this video break just about every rule in the book in this stunt video set in a stevedoring yard. Riding on the back of a moving vehicle, not staying within the correct zones, breaking the yard speed limit, the list goes on. Add to that a reckless fork lift driver not looking where they are going and breaking open a fire hydrant and you have a recipe for non-compliance. The one concession to safety concerns are a few people wearing hi-vis and the truck driver wearing a crash helmet.

This is a great stunt video from Freightliner and Mike Ryan but why do we always have these spectacular and dangerous videos from brands who espouse the whole safety culture? Think about Jean Claude Van Damme standing on a rear view mirror!

You would not see the big oil companies, like Shell, doing promos with exploding cars, they really take the safety message to the enth degree. Still, it does make an exciting video, at least they had steel toe-caps and hi-vis.

This latest video follows an earlier attempt, not so spectacular but equally suspect in terms of safety:

What is C-ITS?

Slated to make the next quantum leap in road safety C-ITS, or Co-operative Intelligent Transport System, is to be trialled in trucks on Australian roads later this year. This follows a car-based trial in South Australia which is ongoing.


The truck trial will involve 30 trucks travelling up and down Mount Ousley between Port Kembla and the Hume Highway/Picton Road intersection. Trucks will be fitted with devices designed to communicate with other vehicles and 10 roadside units involved in the trial.



The units broadcast information about the truck’s position, direction and speed. Communication between trucks will enhance safety by warning when another vehicle is approaching but out of sight and can warn of potential crashes.


Road works will be able to communicate their position to trucks and warn them of potential hold-ups. The system will also be used to improve truck flow in and out of the Port Kembla dockside area. Traffic lights will communicate their current status and how long before they will change colour to the vehicle, enabling the driver to adapt driving accordingly.


Crawlin’ the Hume in vintage trucks

Last Saturday the American Historical Truck Society ran an event they called ‘Crawlin’ the Hume’, a collection of classic trucks made the journey from Melbourne to Albury. The idea was to use using as much of the old Hume Highway as possible. To enter a truck it had to be over 25 years old to enter. Here they are seen climbing along a misty Hume four lane section.

There are a complete set of videos with all of the participants on the YouTube site belonging to the oddly named emd645e3c


Trucking in the UK

Here’s a well made home video, it’s a great evocation of the trucking life on the other side of the world, in the UK. The dark wet winter’s morning, taking a semi out on frosty roads delivering to industrial sites in the middle of small towns with narrow streets and cars parked everywhere. Give me a trip down the Newell, any day!

Combilift straddle carrier on show

Last week’s ITTES in Melbourne was the first time the Australian trucking industry had seen the nimble Combilift straddle carrier. The space they occupied at the show gave them a chance to show just how flexible this smart piece of equipment is. For those of you who missed the show, here is the Combilift in action.

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Sitting on the dock of the bay

Some truckies in the US obviously spend way too much time sitting around waiting to get loaded and unloaded. Brad James has used his time to create a series of great music videos, including this reworking of the Otis Redding classic.


All you need is a karaoke system to record a truck related version of a classic song and then record video of yourself singing along to same. Brad has now posted countless songs onto YouTube, mainly country music, of course, but truckies all over the world will empathise with him when he is ‘sitting at the dock all day’!


If you are a real glutton for punishment, you can see his YouTube channel. Here’s Brad’s version of King of the Road:

Excitement mounts for ITTES

The International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show  kicks off next week in Melbourne. The Melbourne Showground opens up to the trucking world for four days starting on Thursday April 3. Be there or be square!


DieselNews has dug up a few other videos about the show:


Here is a video of the 2010 Melbourne Show, the game here is to see how many industry ‘characters’ you can spot.


In the middle of the night in the lead up to the show the exhibitors will be going through the nerve wracking process of getting everything onto the site before the opening. Here is the queue outside the Showground gates before dawn two years ago.

A bit of nostalgia, a video of the 2008 show.


Isuzu interviewed fans of the Japanese brand at the last ITTES.


Here’s an ad for the 2012 ITTES

Driver Competitions back from Scania

2014 will see the latest competition from Scania to find Australia’s best truck drivers. The Fourth Scania Driver Competition will begin with a wide search to find entrants for the competition leading to prizes worth $10,000 for the winner of each category.


On-line entries open on March 24 with a registration phase, with the first of the on-line qualifying multiple-choice and open-ended questions to follow soon after. Successful entrants move on to the second round of on-line questions in July, with the top 12 finishers invited to the national final.


The grand final will take place in early October on the Queensland Gold Coast for both truck and bus drivers.


“Scania believes the driver is the single most important asset for economy, environment and safety,” said Ron Szulc, Scania Australia Brand & Communications Manager. “The competition testing will place emphasis on efficient and safe driving practices as well as reinforce the values of driving with a positive attitude. The Scania Driver Competitions have become well known around the world as a test of skill and agility, both practical and mental.


“We are once again inviting drivers who feel they have above average ability behind the wheel to get involved and show off what they can do. The competitions are open to all drivers who have an MC licence for trucks or an HR licence for bus. Entries are not restricted to drivers of Scania trucks or buses; all drivers who fit the criteria are welcome to participate.”


Scania Driver Competitions are being held in 40 countries around the world this year. In the past 10 years, more than 200,000 drivers around the world have taken part in Scania driver competitions. This year the company hopes to attract 85,000 entries worldwide. Click here to enter 

Dangerous river crossing

This video, apparently from Botswana, shows an unfortunate truck driver trying to ford a river under flood and the dire consequence of losing track of the position of the causeway.

The video below shows how it should be done, as some overloaded timber trucks handle a raging torrent and make it across.


This Russian truck driver is described as having balls of steel during the video, a pretty apt description.

Then of course, there’s the Aussie way: