Every two years the Australian truck industry is back in Brisbane for the biennial truck show at the city’s convention centre. This year has seen a wide range of trucks, old friends and plenty of interesting developments.
After a number of announcements in the lead up to the Brisbane Truck Show about new bigger cabs being released, there’s now an even bigger cab from Volvo. The new XXL cabin has been unveiled to selected customers in advance of its appearance in Brisbane next week.
This fuel distribution business found that by taking a group of women and training them properly to be professional truck drivers, female truckies don’t steal fuel. In an industry where theft was rife, Ladybird Logistics recruited only women and trained them to become drivers.
Here’s one out of left field from the UK, the magic steering button on an eight-legger MAN tipper. This kind of steering is familiar to the drivers of agricultural gear or a skid steer, but on a truck?
This is a great idea, well executed, presenting the top ten tips, for people driving around trucks to be aware of. The top ten list comes from a survey conducted by Rod Hannifey, the perennial trucking advocate.
The reception the latest truck accident figures received last week in the media is a timely reminder of how important it is to do the research and then use that research wisely in getting behaviour or policy change.
Here is a short video giving us a bit more of a look at the new Kenworth T410 and the T360 on the move, taken at the recent showcase of the new trucks at Anglesea in Victoria.
Here is a very interesting short documentary talking to men who sleep in trucks and diving deep into the psychology around truck driving. It is about truckies in the UK, but if you were to do the same kind of exercise here in Australia the results would be very similar.
It is very difficult to judge how soon the electric truck myth will become a reality. When it does we can be sure it will change the trucking world completely, but it may take some time here in Australia.