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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.