Coles buys up big
SHOPPING giant Coles is investing in its own fleet of small trucks as it concentrates on building its home delivery customer base. The company has decided to use its own trucks, along with those of sub-contractors at least in the short term, and has signed a deal with Japanese brand Hino. Coles has bought a batch of 300 Series light-duty trucks (above) and the first few already have hit the road in Western Australia. They are 614 Short models, which run a 4.0-litre common-rail direct-injection turbo diesel engine that manages 100kW and 353Nm and have been fitted with refrigerated bodies by Sydney’s Transport Refrigeration Services. Coles decided to build up its own fleet, with its own drivers, as its home deliveries business starts to grow significantly.
SOME lucky Parisians won’t be woken by the rubbish man thanks to the rollout of electric refuse trucks in the city next year. The forward-thinking French capital will benefit from the introduction of trucks produced by PVI, which claims they will be the first allelectric rubbish trucks in operation. The 26-tonne trucks have zero exhaust pipe emissions and PVI says they will save 130 tonnes of CO every year by replacing
2 diesel versions.
Rest laws review
AMERICAN truck drivers may have to fight to hang on to existing driving hours. Drivers can drive a maximum of 11 hours in one day and must have a 34-hour rest between the end of one week and the start of the next. The Federal Government has signalled its intention to tighten these laws, which haven’t been changed for more than 60 years, to make sure drivers have more rest. The Transport Department has announced it wants a 10-hour-a-day limit introduced but has left open the door for the retention of the 11-hour day as long as other rest requirements are introduced. The proposed changes are not being welcomed by the American Trucking Association, which argues the move would increase operating costs.
New ZF boss
ZF Services Australia has appointed Christopher Adcock as its new managing director. His company looks after sales, parts sales and technical service for the ZF driveline and chassis technology brand in Australia. Adcock has joined ZF Services Australia from ZF Great Britain Ltd, where he worked as director of operations for four years.