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How to avoid truck fires in the hot season

Bianca De Marco - Friday, December 02, 2016

National Transport Insurance (NTI) is working with transport operators to raise awareness of the increased risk of truck fires in the summer season.

NTI CEO, Tony Clark, said industry consultation indicated that risks could be minimised with planning and strict maintenance schedules.

“NTI has seen an increase in the number of fire claims, including engine fires, tyre or brake fires and electrical fires. Unfortunately, a large number of these could have been prevented with better maintenance and inspections,” Clark said.

“When combined with high temperatures and hot surfaces, deteriorated brakes and bearings, loose wiring and oil leaks can all increase the risk of fire. Fires often result in a total loss of the vehicle, which can in turn increase claims costs and even premiums for policyholders.

“This is on top of the stress caused by having to manage the freight task with one less vehicle on the road.

“NTI encourages all truck owners and operators to spread the word of truck fire risks with their peers and to make safety the number one priority for themselves and their businesses.”

According to NTI, some fires are unpreventable however it says that taking precautions can assist transport businesses in minimising fire risks. NTI recommends ensuring maintenance schedules are up to date, making sure fire prevention equipment and training is a core part of the business’s risk management plan and never smoking when near a vehicle carrying flammable or explosive materials, or when refuelling.


New Cummins engine on the way

Bianca De Marco - Thursday, November 17, 2016
Truck engine manufacturer, Cummins, has confirmed the Australian release of the new X15 Euro V next generation engine for 2017.

According to the company, the X15 will replace the 15-litre ISXe5. “The X15 uses the same hardware and emissions reduction technology, SCR, as the existing ISXe5, and incorporates all the product improvements since the ISXe5 release in 2012, including power cylinder, cylinder head and turbocharger upgrades,” said Andrew Penca, Managing Director Cummins South Pacific.

“The X15 features ADEPT technology, a suite of advanced electronic features capable of delivering fuel economy gains through improved powertrain integration.

“Another feature to be released with the X15 is Connected Diagnostics, a telematics solution that delivers instant and expert diagnosis of engine faults to the customer.”

Advanced Dynamic Efficient Powertrain Technology (ADEPT) is for use with Eaton’s 18-speed automated UltraShift Plus transmission and has been under field test in Australia since early 2016. The technology utilises load, speed and grade-sensing technology to initiate adjustments to engine power, torque and transmission gear selection to take advantage of vehicle momentum for better fuel economy.

The first ADEPT package also includes two features ¬– SmartCoast and SmartTorque – which operates when the vehicle is on a moderate downhill grade by disengaging the front box of the transmission and returning the engine to idle to reduce drag, maintain momentum, and ultimately improve fuel economy.

“The X15 builds on the success of the ISXe5 of which more than 6000 have gone into service in Australia and New Zealand since 2013,” said Mike Fowler, Director On-Highway Business for Cummins South Pacific. “The X15 is a sign of what is to come from Cummins in terms of significant efficiency gains for our customers.”

The X15 will be offered with the same ratings as the ISXe5, from 450 to 600 hp with peak torque spanning 1650 to 2050 lb ft.


DAF XF named Fleet Truck of the Year

Bianca De Marco - Friday, November 11, 2016

The DAF XF has been voted ‘Fleet Truck of the Year 2016’ at the ‘Motor Transport Awards’ in London, DAF’s sixth win in nine years.

Regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the commercial vehicle manufacturing industry, the Motor Transport Awards recognise excellence in a number of categories, the most prestigious of which being the ‘Fleet Truck of the Year’ award.

The jury shared that DAF was chosen for the accolade due to its excellent combination of proven reliability, efficiency and top class dealer support. “The great fuel economy makes the XF a top fleet performer”, the jury said. “DAF is completely focused on maximizing vehicle uptime. As an operator, that gives you great confidence.”

The company’s constant upgrades for its XF range also received special mention. “DAF has ensured the cab design has continually evolved and there’s plenty of space inside for the drivers,” the jury added.

Richard Zink, Marketing and Sales Director, DAF Trucks commented, “I am delighted the jury members recognised that the DAF XF offers unequalled low cost of ownership and class leading driver comfort and is backed by a strong and professional network.

“The Motor Transport Awards are judged by an independent panel of hauliers and fleet operators, making winning the Fleet Truck of the Year award even more valuable.”

The award was presented at an official ceremony, which was attended by 1,600 leading representatives from the transport industry.


Tom Sargent

Bianca De Marco - Monday, October 17, 2016

Year 9 student Tom Sargent from Young, NSW got to experience a V8 Supercar close up on Saturday at the Bathurst 1000.
Tom was recently invited to the United Kingdom to represent Australia in Go Karting where he finished in the top 10 carts in his events. Tom’s dream is to become a full time race car driver so he took advantage of his tour by impressing team owner Charlie Schwerkolt and team manager Geoff Grech. Tom’s father Craig of Tegra Australia was a guest customer of Inland Truck Centres, Wagga at the event. Well done Tom!

Source: Kenworth Australia

Sammys right, Enough is enough

Bianca De Marco - Monday, September 05, 2016

Sammy’s right. Enough is enough!
This industry loses too many truckies to prostate cancer - the number one diagnosed cancer in Australian men.
That’s why PACCAR Parts has launched Parts for Parts.
We want to get blokes talking to their GP and we want to help raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Without their work world leading research into prostate cancer wouldn’t happen.
Without their support, affected men and their families would not have the support groups they do.
Yet the PCFA receive little government funding.
That’s why we’re doing our part and donating a portion of funds from selected parts sold – now it’s your turn.

VISIT to learn more or donate.

FOLLOW the Parts for Parts Campaign on our Facebook page here. @paccarpartsaustralia

SUBSCRIBE to PACCAR Parts here and stay tuned for more from Sam.

VISIT PCFA for more information and support

PACCAR Parts to raise cancer awareness

Bianca De Marco - Friday, September 02, 2016
PACCAR Parts will donate as much as $50,000 towards the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), as part of a month-long initiative by the truck parts specialist to raise awarness for prostate cancer.

To support the PCFA, PACCAR Parts – led by ambassador, former AFL player and funnyman Sam Kekovich – will be ‘driving’ a fundraising campaign ‘Parts for Parts’, which encourages Aussie men to have regular checks and donate to the cause.

As part of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the profits from selected PACCAR Parts products will go directly to the PCFA along with any donations made in store.

PACCAR Parts’ Sales & Marketing Services Manager Marian Dekker, said it was a great opportunity to help raise awareness, given more than 3,000 men succumb to prostate cancer each year, making it one of the deadliest cancers in Australia.

“Our truckies are responsible for keeping this country moving, however all that time on the road can be detrimental to their health,” she said. “We want to encourage Aussie truckies to look out for their wellbeing and take steps towards reducing their prostate cancer risk factors – that means living a healthier lifestyle, moving more and improving their diet.”

PCFA Victoria and Tasmania State Manager, John Strachan, was thrilled to have PACCAR Parts come on board as a partner.

“Despite some grants from the government, the majority of our funding comes through donations, and we are so grateful for PACCAR Parts’ support,” he said. “The money raised will go towards community education activities, world-leading cancer research and sufferer support services.

“This means we will be able to better target men in isolated areas and occupations – such as truckies – to help them lead a healthier lifestyle and know when to see a general practitioner.

"The Parts for Parts campaign is a fantastic way to raise awareness and help pave the road towards better health."

PACCAR Parts will also be hosting a fundraising barbecue at its Bayswater headquarters on Thursday, 29 September.


We're Doing Our Part

Bianca De Marco - Thursday, September 01, 2016

Wagga Gains New Transport Hub

Bianca De Marco - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wagga Wagga Gains New $35m Transport Hub

The Federal Government has recently signed off on a major upgrade at the site of the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

NSW Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, said the hub will support a range of industries, including Riverina's cattle and grain farmers, enabling them to transport goods more easily and efficiently.

“In addition to the productivity gains, this project will help boost jobs in the region by creating 50 jobs during the construction of this project, as well as ongoing jobs on completion of the freight and logistics hub,” Minister Nash said.

According to Federal Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, residents of the region would benefit from improved driving conditions as a result of moving the transport of goods and stock onto the rail network, and off the region's roads.

“Road safety and traffic congestion will improve, while deterioration of roads will slow,” he said. “It is estimated around 4,000 vehicles a day travel this section of road, with 20 per cent being heavy vehicles. This project will not only improve the region's global competitiveness it will help save lives.”

City of Wagga Wagga Acting General Manager, Janice Summerhayes, said the local Council will invest $12.3 million towards the remainder of the freight and logistics hub.

“The total Bomen Enabling Roads project is worth in the vicinity of $35 million and we expect it will become a transformative piece of infrastructure that will have a significant and long-lasting benefit for current and future businesses and the community,” she said.

The Bomen Enabling Road element of the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $14.5 million, the New South Wales Government contributing $8.3 million and the City of Wagga Wagga contributing $12.3 million.

Works are expected to be completed by mid-2017.


Ex-PACCAR Australia chief

Bianca De Marco - Friday, August 19, 2016

Ex-PACCAR Australia chief commends Australian trucking

Former Managing Director of PACCAR Australia, Mike Dozier, has commended the Australian road transport industry on its commitment to high productivity vehicle design.

Dozier, who is now serving as PACCAR Vice President and General Manager of Kenworth in the US, told a US industry magazine that his three-year stint down under was an “amazing experience” and that it was “interesting to see Australian trucking up close”.

He explained, “It was the first time in my career I had to work to develop a new network and boost the dealer services and offerings there,” he told Heavy Duty Trucking. “But overall, the markets are very similar. The concerns are the same: Get maximum utilization of our products; make the drivers more comfortable.”

He added, “The biggest difference is how far the Australians have come with B doubles, triples and other heavy-duty vehicle and trailer combinations.

“You have to consider that Australia is the same size as the continental US, but only has a population of 24 million people. So they have to do more with less in terms of equipment. And their businesses are structured to work within those constraints.”

Dozier also mentioned that it is important for Paccar to have a “global reach and outlook”, especially in view of engine technology.

“Our MX engines now have a largely common design across the board. That allows us to develop commonality in our products and leverage our experience worldwide, which is good for economies of scale and reducing product complexities.”



National Breast Cancer Foundation

Bianca De Marco - Monday, July 04, 2016