In the headlines for Diesel News this week is a new minister, RMS changes, trucking data and a bear recall, plus engine news from the US and a Hino reveal.
Diesel News does not normally report product recalls, but this one from Scania piqued our interest. Scania has issued a product safety recall of a teddy bear with a blue zipper vest. The zipper could come loose and could pose a risk of choking. No incidents have been reported.
Customers are asked to immediately stop using the teddy bear and return it to any Scania dealer for a full refund. The product has been sold at Scania dealer shops, at Scania shops during events and exhibitions and at the web shop. A total of 7,531 teddy bears have been sold across the world.
Meanwhile at NSW’s Roads and Maritime services, some news which may be welcomed by some in the industry, a new leadership team at the RMS. Melinda Bailey, Executive Director of the Compliance and Regulatory Division at RMS has named Julie Morgan as Director Insights and Education, Roger Weeks as Director Compliance, Claudie Huertas as Director Program Management, Jennifer Chenhall as Director Enrolment and Trish Grunert as Director Service Relationships.
Paul Endycott has been moved across to the role of Chief Advisor Heavy Vehicle Education and Engagement, his job will be to help foster compliance among industry on key infrastructure projects including WestConnex, Sydney Metro and Sydney Light Rail.
In a surprise move Mack, in the US, has announced it is dropping the 16 litre MP10 from its line-up. The 16 litre will also disappear from the Volvo trucks sold in North America. The US market’s search for improved fuel consumption has led it to move away from high power engines.
This change will have no bearing on the supply of 16 litre engine for Mack and Volvo in Australia. The popular MP10 16 litre engine, in Mack trucks being assembled and sold here in Australia, uses engines sourced from the Volvo Powertrain plants in Sweden and not the Hagerstown plant in the US.
The resignation of Mike Baird as NSW Premier has led to a reshuffle in the NSW ministerial portfolios and sees Duncan Gay being replaces as Minister for Roads by Melinda Pavey.
“Duncan Gay was a strong advocate for freight in NSW,” said Michael Kilgariff, Australian Logistics Council Managing Director. “His significant contribution to improving the efficiency of the State’s and national supply chains will ensure he enjoys a lasting legacy.
“While it is true that ‘freight doesn’t vote’; with Duncan Gay as the Minister, freight always had a vote at the NSW Cabinet Table. Duncan Gay was always highly approachable and industry welcomed his no-nonsense approach to dealing with issues that came across his desk, while appreciating his willingness to consult with industry on critical and sometimes difficult investment and policy matters.”
Hino has released a teaser image ahead of the launch of the wide cab Hino 500 in the coming weeks. Little further detail is available at this time.
Identifying transport trends is the aim of a proposal from the National Transport Commission. Using it could make investment and planning for Australia’s transport network more efficient and effective under a proposal to more regularly identify and report on transport trends.
NTC CEO, Paul Retter, said it made sense to keep building upon the data the NTC had compiled from more than 150 data sets and released in the ‘Who moves what where’ information paper last year.