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ATA and Paccar unveil innovative industry vehicle
Posted on 14-May-2021

A game-changing industry resource has been unveiled at the Brisbane Truck Show, the product of a strong collaboration between PACCAR Australia and the Australian Trucking Association. 

The first of its kind in Australia, the custom-built vehicle is a multi-purpose resource that will connect, educate, support, and promote the trucking industry. The flexible-use vehicle is available for organisations and associations to use in support of industry initiatives. 

“This vehicle will service industry in many ways through hi...

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Digital Dash announced for Freightliner Cascadia at Brisbane Truck Show
Posted on 14-May-2021

Freightliner has revealed a new-look Digital Dashboard for its Cascadia conventional truck at the Brisbane Truck Show. Cascadia will be the first conventional truck to be available with the feature when it becomes an optional item in Australia and New Zealand from the fourth quarter of this year.

The high definition Digital Dashboard introduces new levels of functionality and improves access for drivers via two large tablet-style screens that can be used to easily access a wide range of controls and information displays.

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Fair Pay Agreements not that fair
Posted on 14-May-2021

In Wellington it’s termed the “Friday dump”, when the Government puts out a press release it doesn’t want too much media attention on. Friday is a bit of an outlier in the media cycle, even in this time of 24-7 news online.

Last Friday (7 May), the Government put out such a press release, announcing one of the most significant changes to the nature of employer-employee relations in New Zealand in many decades. Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) will be on the legislative table this year, and law by next. 

While this move to what ...

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FUSO celebrates the arrival of six eCanter trucks, five set for electric truck trial in Auckland’s city centre
Posted on 14-May-2021

After five years of preparation in New Zealand and more than three million kilometres of road testing internationally, FUSO is thrilled to announce the arrival of six of the world’s first series-produced with integrated safety features, fully electric light trucks at the Auckland Port on Saturday.

The arrival of FUSO’s eCanter trucks marks the first tangible milestone of an approved electric truck trial for inner city deliveries – the eCanter ZEA Auckland City Project. This is the largest electric truck trial to date held in New Zea...

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More safety features for Mercedes-Benz rigid range revealed at Brisbane Truck Show
Posted on 14-May-2021

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has announced the extension of the Active Brake Assist 5 advanced safety package to cover its entire Australian and New Zealand rigid highway range at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The full suite was not previously available with the 8x4 Arocs model given application-related packaging restrictions. These engineering challenges have been overcome and the 8x4 now features the radar-based Active Brake Assist package alongside its long list of existing safety features including Electronic Stability Program, driver airbag...

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Coastal shipping must complement rail and road
Posted on 13-May-2021

The Maritime Union says the Government’s announcement of major investment in rail is a positive move, and is urging more action on coastal shipping.

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says the Government’s approach of long-term investment was the correct one and showed vision for the future.

“For decades, transport policy has been dominated by short-term thinking and vested interests. We now have an opportunity to move towards an efficient, integrated multi-modal transport system for the 21st centu...

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Don Wilson - A lifetime in livestock
Posted on 13-May-2021

What with increased compliance demands, driver shortages and angry bulls, the livestock industry is hard enough at the best of times, however, not only does ORT’s director Don Wilson run a successful livestock transport business in Pukekohe but for the past eight years he’s also worked tirelessly behind the scenes at the NRC, assisting other operators and paving the way for a better industry.

According to Don, had things turned out differently he’d have been a diesel mechanic but the long and short of it ‘trucking is in his blood’. ...

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Hino Motors develops ultra-low floor, walk-through small EV truck
Posted on 13-May-2021

Scheduled to be released in Japan in mid-2022, the Hino Dutro Z EV is Hino Motors Ltd’s first full-scale electric vehicle (EV) and is designed for the ‘last mile deliveries’.

This variation of the Dutro (known in Australia as the 300 Series) is a walk-through van style, battery electric vehicle with an ultra-low floor.

The Dutro Z EV features a compact 50kW electric motor mounted under the cab, which drives the front wheels. 

“A Lithium Ion battery is smartly packaged and is mounted under the floor of the cargo area...

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