New South Wales based Rodney’s Transport Service has taken delivery of its 200th Kenworth truck. The K200 cab-over was one of seven delivered to the firm by PACCAR Australia's senior management this week and will join 27 other K200s in RTS interstate general freight division.
“This is a very proud moment. It's a milestone I never thought we'd achieve,” said RTS Managing Director, Peter Rodney.
“Our continuing success is a team effort by all of the employees at Rodney's. It's also the result of a close and long-standing relationship with PACCAR Australia, its dealers and the consistent performance of the Kenworth product. Put simply, Kenworth trucks are the driving force behind our business.”
The milestone K200 is configured as a 34-pallet B-double tautliner with a payload capacity of 40 tonnes. The prime mover will cart a variety of goods, from batteries and paper to various agricultural products. It will make interstate deliveries to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, clocking up around 7,000 km a week.
The truck is powered by a Cummins 15-litre ISXe5 Euro 5 engine, producing 550 hp and 1850 lb/ft of torque. The engine utilises SCR exhaust after-treatment technology for emissions reduction and is equipped with an Eaton Fuller 18-speed manual transmission. It also features two 750-litre, long-range fuel tanks, a 200-litre AdBlue tank and a 2.3-metre Aerodyne sleeper.
PACCAR Australia's Managing Director, Mike Dozier, personally came out to Wagga Wagga to hand over the 200th Kenworth. “This is an important event for Rodney's Transport Service and for everyone at PACCAR Australia - from the factory and other divisions of the company to the nationwide dealer network which supports it,” he said.
The milestone follows another significant event for the two companies. RTS purchased Kenworth's 50,000th Australian-manufactured, heavy-duty truck which rolled off the production line in July 2013.
Source: Prime Mover
CrossChem Australia has announced a campaign to sell the most competitively priced AdBlue Diesel Exhaust Fluid to the truck industry.
Tom Macens of CrossChem Australia
CrossChem’s business development manager Tom Macens says the company’s AdBlue pricing will not be a short-lived campaign to attract new customers, but a long-term strategy to help truck operators, from owner-operators up to large nationwide fleets, to improve their profitability and vehicle performance.
"CrossChem Australia is part of a large global research and development and manufacturing corporation with operations in Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and Japan," Macens explains. "We are a privately-owned member of that group.
"We produce very large volumes of high quality AdBlue featuring advanced German technology and we control every stage of production and keep our costs to a minimum which is how we are able to supply our product for a lot less.
"We have made a long-term commitment to pass on those considerable savings to our customers."
Macens says AdBlue from CrossChem Australia is as much as 40 percent cheaper than other AdBlue currently available on the market.
"We are offering truck operators, automotive dealers and manufacturers a complete win-win … the sharpest pricing in Australia plus high-purity AdBlue which is licensed by Verband der Automobilindustrie."
Macens says the AdBlue meets all Euro 4, 5 and 6 emissions regulations as well as all Australian ISO22241 and Quality Assurance standards.
"We also back our AdBlue with a one year product guarantee," he adds.
According to Macens, CrossChem Australia has depots strategically positioned throughout Australia and delivers AdBlue promptly to any location.
"We supply AdBlue to suit every operator from cans and drums to polyethylene double jacketed storage tanks which hold up to 9,000 litres."
Truck crash cyclist dies from injuries
An 18-year-old man who was hit by a truck on Tuesday has died in hospital.
The Forrestdale man was riding an motorised bicycle about 11.20am when he was hit by a white Freightliner truck at the intersection of Thomas Road and Tonkin Highway in Oakford.
The cyclist was taken to Royal Perth Hospital but passed away late yesterday.
The 46-year-old truck driver from Piara Waters is assisting police with their inquiries.
Major crash investigators are asking for anyone who saw the incident or either the truck or bicycle prior to the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Source: The West Australian
Cost of profitability focus, fleet upgrade and restructuring spills red ink
McAleese expects reforms to pay off and business to grow
McAleese Group first annual results as a listed company has seen net profits plunge $80 million and into the red.
In a period of transition and restructuring marked by its stock-market listing, the Cootes Transport tanker tragedy at Mona Vale and a rationalisation of its services, net profits after tax and "significant items" fell from $18.9 million to a loss of $63.3 million.
Major aspects in the $75.8 million of significant items costs include a $30.7 million impairment of goodwill and intangibles, $16.7 million in plant and equipment impairments, $17 million in restructuring costs and superannuation and $11.3 million related to the Mona Vale accident response.
On the plus side, revenues increased 2 per cent to $760.3 million on bulk haulage contract wins and renewals that offset a "sharp decline" in in north Queensland project work for the Heavy Haulage & Lifting (HH&L) arm.
HH&L revenues fell 26.4 per cent to $186.5 million and profits after tax from $54.9 million to $19.2 million, while bulk haulage’s revenues rose 51.2 per cent to $265.2 million, though its profits after tax fell from $20.6 million to $14.4 million.
The oil and gas division’s revenues were down 6.7 per cent to $295.4 million, with profits after tax falling from $14.9 million to a loss of $61.7 million.
The new specialised transport business centred on WA Freight Group gained revenue since April of $13.1 million and profits after tax of $98,000, with the purchase of that company having cost $14.1 million including $4.1 million in goodwill.
McAleese gained $5.6 million from the sale of Singapore firm Watt Wah Petroleum Haulage.
Now confirmed in in his position as McAleese managing director and CEO, Mark Rowsthorn has the company’s eyes set high.
"Our medium-term aim is to diversify our business across a range of activities, geographies and industries," Rowsthorn says.
"Our vision is to become a significant third force in Australian logistics through sustainable growth in specialist areas and we are laying a solid foundation for this strategy."
With the Cootes arm facing hefty fines at a Sydney court hearing that has been adjourned to September 10, McAleese has detailed its fleet improvement program progress.
This was defined as:
completed national safety audit of all Cootes vehicles
commissioning of 32 new prime movers in NSW fleet costing $7.2 million
de-commissioning of 160 units, reducing average fleet age at June 30 to 2.3 years for prime movers and 4.5 years for fuel tankers in NSW
installation of brake roller testing systems across all three NSW workshops with tolerances set in advance of RMS minimum standards at a total cost of $240,000
acceleration of programs to ‘retro-fit’ Electronic Braking Systems on all trucks, now due for completion by December 2014 five years ahead of requirement date of 2019
additional investment of $7.2m on fleet infrastructure and upgrades and a further $4.5million on repairs and maintenance
a second workshop facility at Smithfield to reduce reliance upon third parties
additional safety checks for all vehicles in between normal servicing cycles
employment of a former RMS inspector to a new role of quality and compliance manager with responsibilities including vehicle quality inspections
employment of a new national workshop manager to drive improvements across all servicing and maintenance and to enhance consistency in approach to same
additional training of maintenance staff by third party specialist in braking system diagnostics and maintenance
maintenance staff being sponsored through the same TAFE courses in heavy vehicle inspection regulations as those utilised by the RMS.
a former RMS trainer engaged to train mechanical staff and to reinforce the inspection standards expected by RMS inspectors
independent third party review of all brake testing processes and equipment
monthly reporting and consultation meetings with RMS staff
re-accreditation from NHVA in fatigue management and mass load management
Meanwhile, the company’s board has attracted international corporate lawyer Kerry Gleeson as a non-executive director, along with interim CFO Warren Saxelby at the end of his contract, while losing executive director and founding shareholder Keith Price.
"Keith has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of the company," Chairman Don Telford says.
"He has over 40 years of industry experience and will continue to play a critical role in the evolution of the organisation."
Much has been made of the potential for natural gas as a fuel for the trucking and rail industries.
The dramatic fall in natural gas prices in recent years has spurred investment in refueling stations for the road trucking industry and forced the rail industry to review their position regarding the economics of using natural gas either as compressed natural gas (CNG) or as liquefied natural gas (LNG) to replace diesel fuel.
So far, though, in spite of US natural gas prices that are a third of global levels, substitution has been limited. Presently, natural gas used as transportation fuel constitutes only about 0.1 % of total US consumption. According to a report, about 18 months ago half of that amount was consumed in California alone. A majority of states use less than 2 million cubic feet per month, and 11 states don’t use any according to this report. California remains, by far, the largest adopter according to EIA data as this recent graph shows and the agency reports for 2013 road transporttaion still only made up 0.126% of natural gas consumption. So, while there has been a lot of development work among engine builders and government agency support for specific programs, wider uptake remains slow.
The argument on purely economic grounds looks compelling at first sight, but on closer examination upfront capital costs and worries about longer-term price competitiveness are overlaying a still limited refueling infrastructure to deter widespread investment.
As an example, using federal government estimates the report assumes that a typical American family puts 12,000 miles on a car. At 25 miles per gallon, they will consume 480 gallons/year, resulting in a cost of about $1,920 at $4 a gallon. Natural gas at an equivalent price of about $2.50/gallon would save the family $720 a year. However, if that savings comes at the cost of a $10,000 vehicle purchase price premium it is no more compelling than that for electric cars with similarly high upfront costs – government subsidies excepted.
The article goes on to apply the same general consideration to high upfront costs of heavy LNG trucks, currently amounting to about $90,000 more than traditional diesel-powered versions. As with CNG cars, this is in part because they aren’t yet being mass-produced. On the other hand, the article goes on, those trucks log a lot more miles than cars, and the accumulated fuel savings should provide enormous business benefits over the long haul.
The energy density of CNG and even LNG is less than for diesel, by 6:1 for CNG and 1.7:1 for LNG making fuel bulk and weight an issue. Natural gas however does burn more cleanly, extending vehicle life, reducing maintenance costs and reducing emissions. Specifically, natural gas is said to cut carbon monoxide emissions by an estimated 90%-97%, nitrogen dioxide emissions by 35%-60%, and carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 25%-30%. The reduction in emissions, is what is driving federal incentives to adopt the fuel, and explains why California is so far ahead of everywhere else in terms of uptake.
The vagaries of government support aside the greatest threat to LNG or CNG adoption as a trucking fuel, though, could be a dilution of the current cost argument. Natural gas prices may be low now but will they remain low? Australia’s example says they will not, a Motley Fool article points to Australia’s natural gas bonanza spurring the development of export facilities and the rise of domestic prices to compete with supplies being sent to the lucrative Asian market. Pressure from oil and gas firms in the shale gas market to export could equally level US prices to a point closer to world prices. The oil-to-gas ratio has already fallen in the US from 7:1 in 2012, and is expected to reach to 3.4:1 by 2018.
In the long term, the price advantage enjoyed by US consumers for both oil and gas will almost certainly reduce as imports fall and exports rise. Taken together, the potential rise in natural gas prices coupled with the capital costs of converting from diesel to natural gas may not favor a long-term conversion of fuels in the trucking industry and may explain why the rail industry is moving very cautiously in converting existing locomotives or ordering new one’s outside of specific rail road/client programs.
Source: Metal Miner
Transport and logistics provider, DB Schenker, has officially opened its largest Australian supply chain and warehouse facility in Ipswich, Queensland.
According to the German-based company, it will spend more than $40 million over the next decade on the 85,000sqm site, which has warehouse coverage of 31,500sqm. The new site will also creat 70 new jobs in the region.
“With significant growth in our domestic operations we needed to expand beyond our Brisbane Airport footprint and open a second facility to service Queensland,” said Ron Koehler, CEO of Schenker Australia.
“We considered over 40 sites from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, before deciding on this location given the commitment of the City of Ipswich to work collaboratively and effectively with us to create efficiency for business and jobs for the local community.
“It is also attractive given the Federal Government’s recent commitment to infrastructure investment in the region, including major road works and the development of a heavy rail line from the Port of Brisbane through to Toowoomba.”
The Redbank site, on the south-western outskirts of Brisbane, will handle more than 5,200 container movements a year transporting brown and white goods as well as consumer products to wholesale and retail locations across Australia.
Source: Trailer Magazine
The union representing truck drivers has begun a campaign to try to stop the Federal Government axing the new road safety watchdog.
An average of 330 people die every year in Australia in crashes involved with trucks.
The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal was established under Labor to address the issue of low pay and tight deadlines, which some had linked to truck crashes, but funding for the tribunal is being reviewed.
Nick McIntosh, of the Transport Workers Union, says the tribunal's role is to hold everyone to account to make roads safer.
"By making sure that the person at the top of the supply chain makes sure that every single company, no matter how far down they subcontract, pays a proper rate of pay and makes sure fatigue management laws are followed.
"Unfortunately, right now that's not happening everywhere and I know that for a fact."
Source: ABC NEWS
Queensland waste management company Transpacific has taken its entire fleet of trucks off the road following Monday's fatal crash at the bottom of the South Eastern Freeway in Adelaide.
Around 2,800 trucks across the country have been grounded while investigations take place.
It comes as South Australia's trucking industry renewed its call for another arrester bed to be built to prevent future crashes.
A Hallett Cove man died at the scene while the truck driver, a 28-year-old man from Netley had to be freed from the wreckage.
A 41-year-old woman from Ingle Farm and a 49-year-old woman from Hahndorf were taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a critical condition.
The cause of the accident is not yet known, but police are looking at whether brake failure or speed played a part.
Assistant Federal Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs said he was willing to to talk to the State Government about funding to improve the intersection.
Mr Briggs said money could be available through the national black spot program.
"I would be very happy to talk to Steven Mullighan about what possible issues there may be and ways to solve this," he said.
"I don't think there is an easy solution, obviously, because you're coming down quite a heavy gradient and they are big trucks and there is a role for the national heavy vehicle regulator".
Deputy opposition leader Vickie Chapman said the State Government needed to look at remodelling the arrester beds on the freeway.
"If a truck's coming down, it's losing power in its brakes," Ms Chapman said.
Only a fool would think that this isn't going to happen again. It's a question of time.
SA Road Transport Association's Steve Shearer
"It may miss the first one, could go to the second but the entrance to it is quite narrow and that was the issue that was raised last time, so even remodelling of the two that we've got would surely be something that the Government could do."
However South Australian Road Transport Association executive director Steve Shearer does not agree.
"They (the Opposition) wouldn't say that if they talked with us first," he said.
"We are continuing to call, as we have for years, for a third arrester bed.
We think it should be below the tunnels and probably on the other side of the road."
Crash reopens debate on freeway road safety
The State Government said it will look at other options to make the area safe for drivers.
Road Safety Minister Tony Piccolo said previous studies showed a third arrester bed was not feasible.
He said speed limits were dropped three years ago to 60 kilometres per hour for trucks with five axels to improve safety.
Mr Piccolo said other changes would be considered.
"I will have an urgent meeting with people in our state to understand what we can do to explore some opportunities," he said
Mr Shearer maintained that it is time for the Government to sit down with the trucking industry to seriously discuss the problem with them.
"We raised it with Minister Mullighan at a board meeting for three and a half hours in July amongst other issues and at our state conference in March," he said.
"He knows about it. His predecessor knows about it.
"Only a fool would think that this isn't going to happen again. It's a question of time.
"I'm a little sick of the cycle of accident, media attention, focus for a day or two, then the Government just carries on.
"We've been talking about this since the road opened under Diana Laidlaw. That's more than 12 years ago."
Source: ABC NEWS
A transport union has claimed that road transport is Australia’s most dangerous industry following a crash at Woodburn at the weekend which resulted in two deaths.
The Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon said there had been nine deaths on the Pacific Highway this year in accidents involving trucks in New South Wales.
Mr Sheldon said it was evidence that economic pressures on truck drivers to speed or skip breaks to meet unrealistic deadlines was taking its toll.
He made the comments following the Woodburn crash, which involved a southbound B-double and two cars. Two people were killed and the crash remains under investigation.
‘But we’re seeing more and more truck crashes as a result of speeding, fatigue and poor maintenance – many caused by transport clients setting unrealistic deadlines and keeping vehicles on the road too long,’ he said.
‘A 2012 survey showed 46 per cent of drivers in one major supply chain – Coles – face economic pressure to skip rest breaks and 26 per cent have to speed to meet delivery deadlines.
‘It’s time to end pressure on drivers through action in the road safety remuneration tribunal, which sets safe rates of pay and conditions in road transport,’ he said.
Mr Sheldon said the federal government was reviewing the tribunal with a view to closing it.
‘If this occurs we will see even tighter deadlines, worse maintenance and more economic pressure on drivers.
‘And that can only mean more truck crashes and deaths on our roads.’
Mr Sheldon said the federal government’s decision to ‘review’ the tribunal came after closed door meetings, and $1.2 million in political donations from major transport client Coles.
‘Some government MP’s have described the tribunal as red tape,’ Mr Sheldon said.
‘Our message to the government is that road safety is not red tape.
‘No one wants to risk their own or anyone else’s life.’
Meanwhile, police are urging anyone with information about the Woodburn crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The accident involved a B-double truck, a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a large dual-cab ute.
The driver of the ute, a 41-year-old man, and the passenger of the 4WD, a 72-year-old woman, died at the scene.
A 34-year-old woman, who was the front seat passenger of the ute, was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital in a critical condition, while 4WD driver, a 69-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Three children from the ute were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The 50-year-old truck driver was not injured but was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where he underwent mandatory blood and urine testing.
Police from Richmond Local Area Command and the Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Earlier this year in March, a truck driver died after hitting a crossover barrier and jackknifing his prime mover near Ballina.
Source: Echo NETDAILY
A TRUCKING company has been ordered to pay $16,000 compensation to a former employee sacked for urinating on client property.
In Cowan vs Sargeant Transport Pty Ltd, Commissioner Michelle Bissett found the former employee's conduct was 'unacceptable', 'unprofessional' and his termination valid, after the truck driver was caught on CCTV urinating outside the entrance to a Woolworths warehouse during a delivery.
However, the Commissioner upheld the employee's unfair dismissal claim and ordered compensation for lost income, citing concerns over the investigation process.
The case has outraged the ANMA - Australia's resource industry employer group.
ANMA chief executive Steve Knott said in ordering the compensation, the Fair Work Commission was again undermining managerial capacity to address clear cut workplace misconduct.
"It beggars belief that an employer could be found to have a valid reason to sack someone for clear misconduct and then be slapped with a $16,000 penalty for unfair dismissal," Mr Knott says.
"This decision is just the latest example of the Fair Work Commission complicating and confusing matters involving clear breaches of community standards and company policies.
"Valid reasons for dismissal are being increasingly subjected to the discretionary whims of tribunal members, most of whom have little or no experience in running a business, seeking to substitute their decision for that of qualified business managers."
The Fair Work Commission said if an aggrieved party had concerns about a decision, they should lodge an appeal.
The commission did not want to comment further on the specific case.
Mr Knott has continually complained about the commission.
He said other Fair Work rulings demonstrating this concerning trend include:
• Employer DP World ordered to reinstate an employee who seriously assaulted his supervisor.
• A ferry master being reinstated after crashing a passenger vessel and then failing a drug test.
• Ruling Australia Post employees were dismissed unfairly after distributing porn to co-workers.
Mr Knott says introducing a separate independent body to hear appeals of FWC decisions would deliver greater consistency and balance in tribunal decisions.
"A properly separate, genuinely independent appeals jurisdiction would refocus the tribunal on simple, consistent determinations.
"Over time, this consistency would see far fewer employers having to defend claims which should never have made it to hearing in the first place," Mr Knott says.
"While AMMA represents many large employers, more than half of our members employ less than 500 people.
"For these employers, unnecessary business costs of this nature is revenue foregone which could otherwise have been invested in employment generating initiatives.
"An independent appeals body would reflect international best practice, such as in the UK. It would set clearer precedents for employers to follow, reduce the number of costly, unnecessary matters and further appeals, and restore confidence in our national employment tribunal."
APN is seeking comment from the Fair Work Commission.
Source: The Gympie Times
National carrier stays in the black and eyes savings and internal improvements
K&S remains in the black
The tidings at K&S Group remain grim on certain fronts but the firm will take solace in some aspects of its financial year performance.
Its focus for the future will be predominantly internal and on organic growth.
"It is anticipated that the consolidated entity will continue to expand transport and logistics operations during the next financial year by further extending its services throughout Australia and adopting the latest technology in the industry to contain costs and enhance the services offered to customers," it says.
More particularly, it aims to "focus on the improvement of our safety performance, revenue growth and the reduction of our operating costs.
"A key component of this will include our ongoing consolidation of operating sites, rationalisation of supporting infrastructure and the exiting of leased properties in locations where synergies are possible.
"These predominantly currently reside on the eastern seaboard in capital cities."
Despite a near-halving of its net profit from $15.9 million to $8.9 million, the national operator did see operating revenue grow from $565 million to $586 million.
And synergies from the Scott Corporation merger have been reported of $3 million from back office, administrative and equipment costs.
Beyond that, the company’s focus has been on battling to limit costs where it can.
"During the difficult year, we have continually reviewed our cost base and we have reduced fixed and variable costs from operations," it says.
"We have reduced subcontractor costs, labour, overtime and equipment costs as volumes have declined.
"We implemented a freeze on new employment as a measure to reduce costs."
Contractor expenses are down from $170 million to $151 million.
However, employee expenses rose from $168 million to $184 million and fleet expenses from $96 million to $118 million.
Prime movers and trailing equipment worth $32.5 million was bought, with $28.1 million through hire purchase and $4.4 in cash.
On operating conditions, the company paints a picture of the state of the broader economy.
Its Western Australian business was impacted by the continued slowing of the resource sector, "with declining commodity prices the miners reduced their costs and scaled back projects".
The manufacturing sector remained subdued.
"Imports are still impacting the demand for locally manufactured goods and this in turn reduces demand for long haul transport services," the firm says.
The Australian Paper contract loss of July last year was still being felt ? it has been worth above $30 million a year "and provided efficiencies in our major branches that were difficult to replace in the short term" ? have partially been offset with Schweppes and Norske business.
Port Macquarie based Jim Pearson Transport adds yet another Freighter to its big fleet
Jim Pearson (left) with Freighter general manager Mario Colosimo
One of the highlights of the Natroad annual conference is the MaxiTrans and Thermo King Auction Dinner.
This year the big ticket item to raise funds for Natroad was a brand new Freighter Autohold trailer.
The air-powered tautliner opens and closes with the push of a button, and is combined with Freighter’s LoadHold load restraint curtains.
MaxiTrans says the new system isn’t affected by wind; reduces loading and unloading times; and reduces the chance of driver injury.
Worth more than $90,000, the trailer was auctioned off for very close to that -- $88,000.
And the successful bidder? None other than Jim Pearson, owner of Jim Pearson Transport, a big east coast operator which already owns about 350 MaxiTrans trailers, most of them Freighters, and has been buying them for decades.
So why did JPT fork out for the AutoHold?
"Mainly to support the industry," says Jim, whose father – also named Jim Pearson – is a former president of the Long Distance Road Transport Association. (The LDRTA is one of the precursors of Natroad, along with the old National Transport Federation).
"It will be interesting to try out the new technology of the curtains," Pearson says.
"We’re always interested in that sort of stuff. We want to evaluate it and see how it goes."
The new trailer will be pulled by one of Jim Pearson Transport’s Freightliners, most of them Argosys but also some Coronado 114s the company is trialling.
JPT has about 150 B-double sets, most of them running between Sydney and Brisbane with three-part changeovers. HQ is in Port Macquarie with depots in Sydney and Brisbane and changeover depots at Taree and Grafton.
The company does a lot of work for the major retailers.
The auctioned trailer features and was supported by Hendrickson suspension, Alcoa wheels, Bridgestone Ecopia tyres and Glasurit paint.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has issued its first safety and compliance alert following the early observations of investigators on the recent fatal fuel tanker crash in country Victoria.
NHVR Chief Executive, Sal Petroccitto, released the alert ahead of the completion of the investigation since it offered important and practical advice that operators could act on promptly.
“Our mission is to Facilitate, Innovate, Regulate and issuing timely safety advice to industry is one of the key tasks of a National Regulator,” he said.
“Our advice to operators who are working with dog trailers, pig trailers and road train dollies is that they should read this safety advice closely and should consider actions they can take to assure the integrity of their trailer or dolly coupling systems, with a particular focus on the tow eye fitment.
“Our safety and compliance alert outlines the facts so far and identifies issues for operators to consider should they undertake inspections.
“I need to stress that the frontline investigation continues to be led by Victoria Police and we are providing this advice without comment as to any contributory cause to the collision.
Petroccitto added, “As a national Regulator, we are very aware that safety doesn’t stop at the border. We are working with our frontline compliance arms in all states to make sure the right information is shared across all agencies and to determine what coordinated action authorities can take to prevent this happening again.
“I acknowledge the support of Victoria Police and the Victorian Transport Industry Enforcement Liaison Committee for their support in preparing our first safety alert.”
Source: Trailer Magazine
The Bendigo Truck Centre management team. Photo Contributed Contributed
A TRUCK dealer in central Victoria is celebrating recent upgrades to its facilities and its ongoing relationship with Hino Australia by hosting a major onsite open day.
Bendigo Truck Centre is inviting all of its past and present customers as well as interested members of the public to the event, which is being held on Saturday August 23.
The dealership upgrades include repainting of the interior of administration office buildings, a refurbishment of the driver lounge and lunch room, and the fitment of a new Hino pole sign surrounded by a new front fence.
Bendigo Truck Centre owner Dianne Elliott and Dealer Principal Euan McGowan. Photo Contributed Contributed
Additionally a live broadcast of the event will take place on 3BO FM 93.5, featuring live interviews with Bendigo Truck Centre staff and Hino Australia representatives.
Bendigo Truck Centre Dealer Principal Euan McGowan said he is anticipating a strong turnout at the event.
"We've been in business for over 27 years here at the Bendigo Truck Centre," Mr McGowan said.
"We've served a lot of loyal customers in that time, and enjoyed ourselves in the process.
"We thought it was the right time to celebrate, seeing the dealership is looking better than ever and we've got great products to show off."
Bendigo Truck Centre sells the full range of Hino trucks, including 300, 500 and 700 Series models.
Its facilities include a fully equipped workshop and up-to-date computer diagnostic equipment, multiple bays for rigid vehicles and two drive-through bays for B-Double servicing, truck hoists and a vehicle inspection system.
The Bendigo Truck Centre Open Day will take place between 9am and 1pm. The dealership is located at 12-16 Sullivan Street, Golden Square.
Source: News Mail
Truck stuck under Bayswater bridge. Picture: Andrew Jones
A TRUCK has become wedged stuck under the Bayswater bridge for the third time this year.
About 11.40am the truck was passing underneath the Bayswater subway when it became stuck.
The driver suffered minor injuries, and St John Ambulance were called to the incident.
Motorists are advised all westbound lanes on Coode Street are currently closed and there are traffic delays.
Source: perth now NEWS