This week’s news from Diesel News includes International Dealers Announced, Quads In NSW, Better Battery Charging and HVIA On The Road.
Iveco has announced the first group of dealerships involved in sales, service and parts support for the International range in Australia. They are all current Iveco Dealers, as well as authorised Cummins service outlets.
Those appointed to bring International back to Australia include Sydney IVECO, Thomas Bros and Blacklock’s in New South Wales, Brisbane IVECO and Wideland Trucks and Equipment group in Queensland, Adelaide IVECO in South Australia, Smith Trucks in Victoria and AV Truck Services in Perth, Western Australia.
Iveco reckon further retail outlets will be appointed in all states of Australia along with Parts and Service only branches to provide a broader support network for the International brand, in its relaunch.
Quads in NSW
Roads and Maritime Services NSW is to allow BAB Quads on the Mitchell Highway between North Bourke and the Queensland Border. Road Manager consent has been sent to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has been granted for a prescriptive BAB Quad on the, currently approved, Type 2 Road Train route.
RMS says access for AAB Quad road trains will be considered on a case by case basis and subject to demonstrated performance being no worse than the current A-triple’s performance, but warn, due to the additional axles and thus increased total mass of this combination, additional bridge assessments may be required.
HVIA on the Road
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia has announced it will hold a series of events across Australia during August, to give all industry stakeholders the opportunity to influence policy development on the future of the heavy vehicle industry.
“Right now the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is working through strategies that will dictate how the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme works on a national basis,” said Brett Wright, HVIA CEO. “This is a once in a generation opportunity to make sure the flaws in the existing scheme are eradicated, and improved processes are adopted nation wide.
Better Battery Charging
You can maximise the life of your truck battery if you follow the right handling and charging procedures for the type of battery in your truck, said the ATA’s Senior Engineering Adviser, Chris Loose, on the release of the ATA’s new Batteries and battery charging Technical Advisory Procedure (TAP).
“There are different types of lead acid batteries commonly used in trucks, and there’s important procedures to follow when handling or installing them,” said Loose. “Don’t mix battery types either on the truck or when charging them in the workshop. If you do, it could shorten their life. The ATA’s new guide on batteries includes information on charging, testing, handling, problem areas and jump starting a truck with flat batteries.”