Short hauls

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Flip­pin’ bad luck

A WOOL­WORTHS driver had a lucky es­cape when his truck flipped near Gee­long. Driver Joban Sing es­caped with scratches af­ter he lost con­trol of his Isuzu, which landed up­side down in the grass. The 22-year-old Bal­larat man came to grief when he moved to the edge of a gravel road to al­low room for two cars to pass. His wheels hit a soft edge of the road and the truck slid off the edge.

CAT purring on

THE im­pend­ing clo­sure of Cater­pil­lar’s Tul­la­ma­rine min­ing truck man­u­fac­tur­ing plant will not af­fect pro­duc­tion of the new CAT truck range (above). Cater­pil­lar work­ers were told 100 jobs would go when the Aus­tralian dumptruck fac­tory is closed and the trucks sourced from Mex­ico. A lack of ware­house space was given as the main rea­son for the clo­sure, though the Aus­tralian Man­u­fac­tur­ing Work­ers Union blames the ris­ing Aus­tralian dol­lar.

Dan­ger call

THE Na­tional Trans­port Coun­cil is re­view­ing the re­quire­ments of trans­port­ing dan­ger­ous goods by road and rail and wants feed­back. In 2007 the NTC pub­lished the sev­enth edi­tion of the Aus­tralian Dan­ger­ous Goods Code (ADG7) which was then im­ple­mented by the states and territories. It wants to know what peo­ple think of the rules and es­pe­cially wants to hear about in­con­sis­ten­cies. Sub­mis­sions can be sent to Ray Has­sall, NTC le­gal man­ager, at rhas­sall@ntc.gov.au

Too drunk to tow

A TOW-TRUCK driver has lost his li­cence for two years and been fined $500 af­ter turn­ing up drunk to the scene of a car ac­ci­dent. The driver, from Tweed Heads in north­ern NSW, re­turned a .160 blood al­co­hol read­ing. Po­lice said the man turned up at Ter­ra­nora In­let, where a car had gone into wa­ter. The 47-yearold tow-truck driver told po­lice he had drunk a lot the night be­fore and an­other two beers that morn­ing. The driver also lost his tow-truck driv­ing cer­tifi­cate and was placed on a twoyear good be­hav­iour bond.

Af­ter­mar­ket party

THE Aus­tralian Auto Af­ter­mar­ket Expo in Mel­bourne from May 12-14 next year will be the biggest of its type in Aus­trala­sia. The show has sold 85 per cent of the 21,000 sqm ex­hi­bi­tion space. Exhibitor in­quiries to Tony Francis, Tony@aec.net.au, ph: 9654 7773.

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