Seven Things We Learnt This Week

seven things we learnt this week

A new Smart OBM provider, industry reform, owner driver rule changes, TR Group acquisition, Scania electric deal and Meritor buy Siemens are seven things we learnt this week. 

LoadSMART Solution

Transport Certification Australia has announced the type-approval of a Smart On-board Mass (OBM) system from Integrated Vehicle Solutions, which supports transport operators with its cross-sector LoadSMART product.

LoadSMART is an on-board truck weighing system used in grain and waste, among other industries, providing customers with end-to-end automated solutions.

“LoadSMART weighing system has been serving Australian transport operators for 15 years and we are very excited to offer a Smart OBM solution,” said Raj Mali, Director of Integrated Vehicle Solutions. “We look forward to implementing our LoadSMART T300 with many customers.”

seven things we learnt this week

Bone Marrow Campaign

MaxiTRANS has announced it is donating $20,000 to Blake’s Army in support of the fight against Bone Marrow Failure. A charity organisation set up in honour of Blake Dridan’s battle, which aims to aggressively support the work of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision.

It all started with Blake Dridan, a 15 year old boy from Ballarat, in regional Victoria. In 2016, Blake was diagnosed with a disease known as severe aplastic anaemia (SAA). This first sign of the onset of this disease for Blake was bruising which his parents got checked out by their family GP. A phone call later that same day meant a rush to hospital as there were no platelets left in his blood and Blake was effectively bleeding out.

Since diagnosis, Blake has endured over 5 years of battling this relentless disease, bone marrow failure syndrome (BMFS), where the bone marrow stops working, and the body is unable to produce healthy blood cells, causing significant disruptions to health. BMFS is rare, complex and highly debilitating. 

seven things we learnt this week

Industry Standards Reform

The TWU, ARTIO, and NRFA have welcomed the new Federal Government and called on the rest of the transport industry to participate constructively in new trucking reform as committed under the Labor platform.

The new Labor government has pledged to act on Senate recommendations tabled last year calling for an independent body to set universal, binding standards to make Australia’s deadliest industry safer, fairer and more viable.

seven things we learnt this week

Owner Driver Legislation

The Victorian Parliament has passed a motion supporting the creation of a new tribunal to set pay and conditions for owner drivers.

While supported in principle, the Victorian Government has previously ceded power on industrial relations matters to the Commonwealth and so technically does not have the necessary head of power to create the tribunal, reports the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association.


TR Group Go For 510

TR Group has added five Fuso Shogun 510s to its growing Australian rental fleet. The trucks are part of an order that will see 20 Fuso Shogun 510s delivered to TR Group this year. 

The Shogun 510 is the only Japanese truck with more than 500hp and has far more torque than its rivals. 

TR Group is the largest truck and trailer rental company in New Zealand and is rapidly expanding its footprint in Australia. Read more about TR Group and the Fuso 510 in the upcoming issue of PowerTorque magazine.

seven things we learnt this week

Electric Truck Deal

In Europe, Scania and Einride signed a deal largest order of heavy duty electric trucks to date for Swedish truck maker. The Swedish freight technology company Einride is a provider of end-to-end digital, electric and autonomous shipping solutions and it will begin the roll out of 110 Scania trucks starting in the second half of 2022. 

The full fleet of trucks will be built to Einride’s hardware specifications and powered by their first of its kind operating system Saga, that ensures electric shipping is efficient and optimised. Fleet data insights that are generated through the Saga platform will be provided to Scania for continued product co-development between the teams. 

Meritor Buy Siemens Truck Business

seven things we learnt this week

Meritor has announced an agreement with Siemens to acquire its Commercial Vehicles business. 

”The Siemens Commercial Vehicles business offers capabilities and technology that will enhance our ability to offer superior electric solutions to the global commercial vehicle market,” said Chris Villavarayan, Meritor’s CEO and President. “As the urgency grows for zero carbon solutions, this highly talented and skilled team, and leading electric product portfolio, strengthens Meritor’s business as we move toward the anticipated acquisition by Cummins.”

seven things we learnt this week

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