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IVECO announced its partnership with the FIA European Truck Racing Championship, which will see it becoming an engaged and active partner within the championship and the recently announced #onetruckfamily campaign, launched by FIA ETRC to address the driver shortage by raising the profile and public perception of this profession. The announcement was made on the eve of the 2019 FIA ETRC season that will kick off with the Petronas Urania Grand Prix Truck event in Misano in Italy on 25 and 26 May.

The Australian Trucking Association’s Industry Technical Council and MaxiTRANS are leading industry innovation, by tackling an exciting engineering ‘proof of concept’ project.

“The road transport industry has been hit by some publicity recently that could be seen to put industry employment practices into a dim light and I want to address that.

A groundbreaking project that saw autonomous, hybrid and all-electric concept machines electrify a quarry in Sweden has won a Volvo Technology Award.

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Branding is a big part of the transport industry and most operators’ trucks are instantly recognisable due to stunning paintwork or striking graphics. The team at Haddock Spray Painters in Whakatane is responsible for the immaculate appearance of a number of the fleets on New Zealand’s roads today.

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Will Shiers visits Renault’s used trucks factory in France, and finds it was worth the arduous, less than sanitary journey to get there. Renault Trucks has found itself lumbered with a glut of fleet-spec secondhand Range T tractor units in Europe. In an attempt to improve their desirability, it’s hit upon a novel idea, and is transforming them into what it considers to be more desirable alternatives.

Until production ceased, Bedfords became the predominant truck in the Government fleet from the early 1950s. From the K, M and O models of the early 1950s, the Post Office operated most of the Bedford range at some stage, including some RLs. During the 1960s and 70s J models – JO to J5 – became the mainstay of the Post Office fleet, and in 1973 their numbers reached 1600.

The time comes when experience and work ethic presents the opportunity to go it alone. Self-belief and great mentors have helped Tony and Kristina Salmons make their dream a reality. Tony Salmons of Radius Concrete Pumping (aka ‘Putta Bean’) gave us our early wakeup call so we could come and see him in action on a fairly large pour at Mangere. The massive onslaught of heavy rain and lightning from the hours before were taking a breather. The previous day there had been 30,000 lightning strikes reported as a violent storm passed over the region. Less than an hour later we found the remote access lane at the end of Ihumatao Road and followed it down a wet and puddled track to an area that opened up and overlooked the Manukau Harbour. To our right was the large floor area that was all boxed up ready to go, an organised array of polythene, steel, mesh, and all manner of pipe work, lit in the bright floodlights the lads from Simon Walker All Seasons Concrete Ltd had set up.

It’s somewhat uncanny that for all the technology coming into trucking today, the trucks themselves still lead hard lives and need to be built tough. And, no one knows that more than Tim Murfet, manager of Launceston-based Altrac Spreading.