G hits the spot
G-WAGONS bound for the Australian Defence Force have started rolling off the MercedesBenz production line in Austria. The ADF has conducted extensive testing (above) on a batch of prototype versions of the rugged machines in a wide variety of different conditions to make sure the vehicles will be effective. It is now two years since the ADF signed a deal with Mercedes-Benz to supply the G-Wagons and supply long-term support, moving away from a contract with Land Rover, with an initial run of 1200 vehicles. Deliveries of the new machines will start early next year.
Oprah helps out
THE Trans-Help Foundation will be able to do more to help transport workers and their families, thanks to its founder Di Carroll winning a $100,000 prize from American Express. The prize, which was part of Oprah Winfrey’s visit to Australia, was designed to reward a group or individual for helping others. Mrs Carroll started Trans-Help five years ago and has worked around the clock to help the foundation support transport workers and their families who fall victim to road trauma, depression and death. TransHelp recently benefited from a charity auction at the world debut of the CAT truck range near Uluru. The artwork auction raised $50,000, half of which went to the local indigenous population and half to TransHelp.
Mobile mobile ban
THE US Government is proposing a ban on using mobile phones while driving, but only for commercial vehicle drivers. The new law will make it illegal for interstate truck and bus drivers from reaching for, holding or dialling a mobile phone while operating their vehicle. There will be penalties for the driver and for operators. It is estimated four million commercial vehicle drivers will be affected. Bus and trucking companies and their drivers could face fines, while drivers who rack up multiple offences could lose their licences.
A NEW TV series showcasing some of the toughest truck routes in the world has hit the internet. Deadliest Journeys is a great new series that documents the world’s worst roads and most daring truck drivers and the battles they face along the way. The tagline is ‘‘Think your commute is bad? You have no idea’’. It is on TV in the US, but there is no word on when it might make it on to Australian TV. Australians can view the episodes on YouTube. Type the series name into the search bar at www.youtube.com