Excitement mounts for ITTES

The International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show  kicks off next week in Melbourne. The Melbourne Showground opens up to the trucking world for four days starting on Thursday April 3. Be there or be square!


DieselNews has dug up a few other videos about the show:


Here is a video of the 2010 Melbourne Show, the game here is to see how many industry ‘characters’ you can spot.


In the middle of the night in the lead up to the show the exhibitors will be going through the nerve wracking process of getting everything onto the site before the opening. Here is the queue outside the Showground gates before dawn two years ago.

A bit of nostalgia, a video of the 2008 show.


Isuzu interviewed fans of the Japanese brand at the last ITTES.


Here’s an ad for the 2012 ITTES

Driver Competitions back from Scania

2014 will see the latest competition from Scania to find Australia’s best truck drivers. The Fourth Scania Driver Competition will begin with a wide search to find entrants for the competition leading to prizes worth $10,000 for the winner of each category.


On-line entries open on March 24 with a registration phase, with the first of the on-line qualifying multiple-choice and open-ended questions to follow soon after. Successful entrants move on to the second round of on-line questions in July, with the top 12 finishers invited to the national final.


The grand final will take place in early October on the Queensland Gold Coast for both truck and bus drivers.


“Scania believes the driver is the single most important asset for economy, environment and safety,” said Ron Szulc, Scania Australia Brand & Communications Manager. “The competition testing will place emphasis on efficient and safe driving practices as well as reinforce the values of driving with a positive attitude. The Scania Driver Competitions have become well known around the world as a test of skill and agility, both practical and mental.


“We are once again inviting drivers who feel they have above average ability behind the wheel to get involved and show off what they can do. The competitions are open to all drivers who have an MC licence for trucks or an HR licence for bus. Entries are not restricted to drivers of Scania trucks or buses; all drivers who fit the criteria are welcome to participate.”


Scania Driver Competitions are being held in 40 countries around the world this year. In the past 10 years, more than 200,000 drivers around the world have taken part in Scania driver competitions. This year the company hopes to attract 85,000 entries worldwide. Click here to enter 

Dangerous river crossing

This video, apparently from Botswana, shows an unfortunate truck driver trying to ford a river under flood and the dire consequence of losing track of the position of the causeway.

The video below shows how it should be done, as some overloaded timber trucks handle a raging torrent and make it across.


This Russian truck driver is described as having balls of steel during the video, a pretty apt description.

Then of course, there’s the Aussie way:

New FM and FMX for ITTES

Volvo have revealed they will be unveiling the new FM, FMX and FE models for the first time in Australia at the upcoming International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show at the Melbourne Showground, opening on April 3. The new models were released in Europe in 2013 and will be going on sale here when they go on display in Melbourne.


These new models follow the radical redesign of the Volvo FH which was unveiled in Brisbane last May. The release of the new models sees the Swedish truck maker completely renewing its total offering to the Australian truck market in a period of less than 18 months.


The new FM and it’s beefed up construction industry sister model, the FMX, will all be built at the Volvo/Mack assembly plant in Wacol, Queensland. The new FE models will be imported fully built up from the group’s assembly facilities in Europe.


The new models will include many of the features included in the all-new FH trucks released last year. The new cabin interiors of all the new models with all new instrumentation has been carried over from the FH, and other features, such as the new dynamic steering system and improved I-shift AMT will be coming online.


There are also a number of hi-tech inclusions included in the new releases. A wireless remote control the truck suspension and a number of other functions is fitted to the new models. Other features such as the I-See program, which remembers the topography of any route and then makes ear changing decisions based on its experience of the route in the past, will be on offer to buyers of the new trucks and using cloud-based data.

Truck driving in Africa

Here in Australia we complain about the conditions we have to put up with on the roads. We carry on about irresponsible drivers making our life tougher and putting us in danger. We also demand a large bunk in a spacious sleeper cabin if we spend nights out.

Compare our conditions to the lot of this tipper driver in Nigeria, apart from terrible roads, crazy drivers and difficult working conditions, he is always in danger of being hijacked by gunmen. He probably regards himself as lucky, at least he’s got a job and a good modern truck to drive. However, the road and work conditions in Nigeria are, literally, third world and our hero in the video, Matthew, deserves our respect.

Flying Ford truck on display

This example of just how far a Ford truck can fly is not only spectacular but also demonstrates the lasting power of the old Ford models. Sadly the Ford brand disappeared back 1999 with the takeover of the company by Daimler. However, plenty examples of the brand are still plying their trade on our roads. Enduring trucks but not an enduring brand.

Keep your hands off campaign

This country music ad campaign by the NSW Government aims to reduce texting by drivers and has been launched by the NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay. The next stage of the ‘Get Your Hand Off It’ road safety campaign on mobile phone distraction now has three different ads, featuring three different musical genres, to get the ‘no texting while driving’ message across.

“It’s been hugely successful in sparking awareness of the risks. Our first You Tube video featuring Derek received more than 620,000 hits before being expanded to mainstream media,” said Gay at the ad launch. “I’m delighted to launch new country, rock and hip hop clips, that will also become our next TV and radio advertisements. These new videos continue to follow Derek’s misadventures as he crashes his car while Instagramming his latte.”

So here are the other genres, depending on your personal music choice:

Hip Hop:


This is the original ad, launched last year, which set the ‘Get your hands off it’ ball rolling:

Close calls for truck drivers

Another set of videos, mainly dashcams are doing the rounds again this week, further illustrating the positions drivers are put in, on a daily basis, which compromise their safety through no fault of their own. They are merely driving along doing their job properly when someone else’s accident or sometimes recklessness puts everyone in danger. This video should be shown to anyone towing a caravan on our roads. The occupants were lucky they slewed off the road otherwise they could have had a road train straight over the top of them.

This close call for a car transporter sees another truck lose control in the wet and the truck driver’s skill keeps the truck under control and out of harm’s way.

Oversize load – 1    Caravan – 0

Dash cams tell the story

A dash cam video shown on Channel Nine shows just what the average Aussie truckie has to put up with. A car driver, asleep or not, has no right to be overtaking a truck on a two lane road, with another truck coming the other way. Luckily, the truckie is switched on and saves the day without completely wrecking the truck.

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The problem is this is nothing new, truck drivers all over Australia see this kind of thing every day. What is new, however, is the dash cam, this is supplying the evidence to demonstrate whose fault any incident is. In the past, it was always the truck’s fault, now dash cams are being fitted in trucks all over the country as an insurance about getting the blame for another’s stupidity.

Here’s a selection from the roads of Melbourne:

Another example of the kind of stuff going on everyday, from the Southside of Brisbane:

Four years ago, A Current Affair (not normally the truckie’s friend), collected a few examples from the earliest dash cams.

Take time to think about speed

Great road safety video from New Zealand, It’s not directly talking about trucks but it does bring home some of the things we need to think about.

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