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From Virtual To Real-life Experience
A GROUND-BREAKING Virtual Reality (VR) experience premiered in November as part of a Truck Wise program to build greater awareness among the 16 to 18 years old age group about interactions between trucks and cars on the road. The VR experience comple
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Off Road Hi-rise
It’s more than a year since Hino announced a plan to launch its new 500-series GT 1528 4x4 model in the first half of 2020. Like its single-drive 500-series siblings, Hino emphasised that the new off-roader would be equipped with a wide range of bene
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ATA SAFET360 At Heart Of Road Safety Education
THE AUSTRALIAN Trucking Association (ATA) and the University of Newcastle’s School of Psychology are partnering on research into the effectiveness of the SafeT360 education initiative and how to best communicate safety messages to young road users. T
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Taking The Wide Load
With a shortage of truck drivers in Australia, getting car-licensed drivers behind the wheel is one of Hino’s aims with its new 300 Series. That’s true for 616 Standard Single Cab and the bottom end of the 616 and 617 Wide Cab models. However, all th
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Truckin’ Through Five Decades
At 70-years of age, Stephen ‘Tiny’ Monkhouse still plies the Hume Highway each night, completing two Sydney to Melbourne return runs and a change-over each week for Sydney-based Lawson’s Transport. The Mercedes Benz Actros he currently drives provide
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Aims Of May
A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, Michael May was the head of Daimler Australia’s Mercedes-Benz truck and bus operations. A brand on the boil, kicking goals and much like the shrewd, mild-mannered May, secure in success. From the outside looking in, it appea
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Righting Wrongs In 2021
LIKE THE rest of Australia, and the world, we’ve been happy to wave goodbye to 2020. But our union is looking forward to 2021 as a year to continue the fight to change things in our industry for the better. In many ways, 2020 has helped us make the c
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Lights On For Volvo’s North American Electric Trucks
VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA (VTNA) will start building battery electric vehicle (BEV) prime movers this year in the form of the Volvo VNR Electric model. The Class 8 trucks, the heaviest class in the US, are now commercially available in North America
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Definition Certainty
MODERN AWARDS apply to employers and employees who perform work covered by the award. Their terms don’t prevent owner-drivers from agreeing to different contractual provisions. But the importance of the transport modern awards is obvious: they set th
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Victorian Trial For Fuso ECanter Electric Light Truck
DAIMLER advises that Fuso’s all-electric eCanter local light truck has been driven “around the clock” on Victorian roads as part of a six-month test ahead of its launch here early this year. For the local test program, three drivers have been taking
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Dumb And Dumber
THIS WILL be my year to make a lot of noise about roads and rest areas and why we, as the major users, do not get given the chance to contribute to what is done and how the money is spent. First case in point – the Newell Highway. With the current wo
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Royan Group Expands With Two New Outlets
TRUCK REPAIRER Royan Group announced its second acquisition in quick succession, this time in Victoria, adding Shepparton Motor Panels (SMP) to its ranks. SMP is a commercial vehicle accident repair specialist and becomes Royans’ fourth branch in Vic
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The Need For Flexibility
ANOTHER YEAR. I had been invited to join an online video link with the “not” National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on December 3. I declined the offer – and not because it was our 49th wedding anniversary. For decades I have tried to have some influence o
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US Group Takes On Daimler Dealerships
US-BASED Velocity Vehicle Group (VVG) is poised to become Australia’s newest truck dealers through a deal signed with Eagers Automotive. Eager reveals in a stock market advisory that, in a deal said to be worth A$108 million, it has signed an agreeme
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Trivial Pursuit
MANY DRIVERS speak to me about their frustration at being fined for trivial mistakes in their work diaries. Simple things like forgetting to tick a box can mean hefty fines. The frustration is amplified when the inspector issuing the ticket makes the
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MAN TGX Voted International Truck Of The Year
THE NEW MAN TGX has been voted the International Truck of the Year 2021 (ITOY), notching up one of the most prestigious awards in the commercial vehicle market. The jury of 24 mostly European trade journalists recognised the TGX for its driving comfo
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Beating The Pandemic
IT’S A SIGN of the times, and perhaps will be set in stone for the future, but global events have been heading in a virtual direction since the outbreak of COVID early in 2020. Back in March, Volvo headquarters in Sweden was set to invite transport m
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Vote For Your Favourite And You Could Win Big!
The 2020 Valvoline Truck of the Year Award marks the culmination of the third year of the highly-popular Truck of the Month feature in Owner//Driver. The team here at Owner//Driver has chosen the 12 finalists, but the responsibility of selecting the
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Supply Chain Pressure
AS WE LEAVE a tumultuous 2020 behind, many around the world have been looking to 2021 with hope for a less stressful year. But truckies have been faced with a deadly industry for years, and unless the federal government starts to listen, we’re unlike
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Castlemaine Convoy’s Surprise Return
ONE OF THE first transport industry gatherings since the easing of Victoria’s COVID lockdown restrictions was held at Castlemaine when around 40 trucks formed a convoy on November 29. It was a surprise showing given this year’s Castlemaine Rotary Tru
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Heavy As She Goes
What better way to start off a huge 2021 than with a huge story? Quite literally, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. I’m not just talking about the size of the awesome trucks I got to shoot for this story or the size of the awesome load I got to s
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Truck Auction Raises $200,000 For Medical Research
A restored 1946 Ford Jail Bar truck donated by National Transport Insurance (NTI) has been auctioned off with the support of the Australian Trucking Association, resulting in a cheque for $200,000 being presented to Motor Neurone Disease (MND) resear
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Singing In The New Year
Third Man/Sony www.whitestripes.com It’s been nine years since alternative rockers The White Stripes (Jack and Meg White) called it a day, so it’s been a long wait for this Greatest Hits release. On the upside it contains 26 tracks, stretching from t
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Trucking’s Post Pandemic Optimism
ISUZU AUSTRALIA (IAL) has released the Future of Trucking Report: The Road Ahead, a deep-dive survey into how road transport operators view prospects and hurdles for the post-pandemic economic rebound. The report, with legwork done by independent res
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Country Corner
Acony Records www.gillianwelch.com As indicated, Boots No 2: The Lost Songs Vol 3 is third and final instalment of Gillian Welch’s unearthed collection of home demos and reel-to-reel recordings which she and partner David Rawlings compiled. Naturally
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TWU And Coles Lock In Safety Agreement
COLES AND the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have signed a charter on standards in road transport and the gig economy focusing on safety, driver education and mental health. Describing it as “ground-breaking”, the union says the charter commits Coles
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Bill Redefines Casual Work
THE GOVERNMENT’S Industrial Relations Omnibus Bill, introduced on December 9, is supported by sectors of the road transport industry, especially as it relates to reform of casual employment. The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) CEO Warre
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Concern Over Non-compliance In NSW
TRANSPORT for New South Wales (TfNSW) has given an insight into the scale of the truck-and-dog compliance task following recent concerning data of the sector’s rate. It has also sought to clarify a spike in fatal crashes involving trucks with no load
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GEARING UP FOR 2021 DIESEL DIRT & TURF
Australia’s infrastructure projects are pushing ahead at a great pace; the latest news on the economy is good and reports are all positive across the earthmoving industry. Australia’s borders have reopened and life is starting to return to normal. Ex
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