Short hauls

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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.

Silent col­lec­tion

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.

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