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Rental de­mand

SCA­NIA says the de­mand for its fac­tory-backed rental fleet has been strong in the three months since it was launched. The com­pany will dou­ble the size of its rental fleet early next year. The trucks are avail­able for be­tween one and 24 months. Sca­nia is the first truck­maker to of­fer an in-house truck rental ser­vice in Aus­tralia. ‘‘We have been par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful in the B-dou­ble mar­ket ,’’ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Roger McCarthy says. More in­for­ma­tion at (03) 9217 3300.

Have your say

IF YOU don’t like our nation’s road laws, you can com­plain or ac­tu­ally do some­thing about them. The Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion would like to hear from you. The NTC de­vel­ops road rules and it is invit­ing par­ties to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est in re­views of road rules and rules on ve­hi­cle stan­dards. If you are in­ter­ested, call (03) 9236 500 or email en­quiries@ntc.gov.au

Cool Cube

A NEW su­per-durable re­frig­er­ated trailer has been re­leased by Maxi-Cube. The com­pany says the Clas­sic C-Se­ries en­closed trailer is the most durable re­frig­er­ated unit avail­able and the first to fea­ture a full-length chas­sis. It says the new model should be of in­ter­est to op­er­a­tors in the tough en­vi­ron­ments of Western Aus­tralia and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

Coun­cil poll

THE Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is pre­par­ing to hold an elec­tion for two po­si­tions on its gen­eral coun­cil. The po­si­tions are for rep­re­sen­ta­tives of owner-driv­ers and small-fleet op­er­a­tors. Nom­i­na­tions and voter reg­is­tra­tion will open on Jan­uary 10 and close on Fe­bru­ary 7. The elec­tion will be con­ducted by postal bal­lot. To be el­i­gi­ble to vote, you must own or be buy­ing or leas­ing one to five trucks weigh­ing more than 4.5 tonnes and be on the Com­mon­wealth elec­tors roll. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ata­truck.net.au

Bruce up­grade

TRUCK driv­ers who use Queens­land’s Bruce High­way will ben­e­fit from new and up­graded rest ar­eas. The Fed­eral Govern­ment will bankroll 25 new rest ar­eas, up­grades of ex­ist­ing rest sites and new au­di­ble edge mark­ings. The new rest ar­eas will be opened through­out the next three years.

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