OFFICIALS from the new Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal have visited key transport sites to talk to truck drivers.
Members of the new federal body, including president Jennifer Acton, spoke to truck drivers at the Tarcutta trailer exchange last week before heading out to Sydney’s Port Botany truck marshalling area and a popular rest area in Glenfield, also in NSW.
The RSRT has been set up to rule on whether transport companies and clients are pushing drivers to break rules such as fatigue management and make sure they are paid fairly.
Its members plan to visit other transport hubs around Australia and will soon announce a list of locations and dates.
The Indian division of Mercedes-Benz trucks is pushing ahead at full speed.
Bharat-Benz , which makes a range of Daimler trucks (pictured) in India based on models from the MercedesBenz and Mitsubishi Fuso global line- up, says it will introduce no less than 17 new trucks by 2014.
Most of the new trucks are variants of the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter light duty truck, but have been modified to cope better with the poor road conditions in the developing country. Bharat-Benz says the affordability and fuel economy of the new trucks will be crucial to capturing new customers in the emerging market.
The Transport Workers Union is continuing its attack on major retailers including Coles, this time with a survey.
It has released the results of a survey it conducted with 950 drivers, which the TWU says backs its campaign against the retail giant.
The TWU says 73 per cent of respondents felt Coles and ‘‘other retailers’’ are the major cause of ‘‘dangerous pressures’’ in the industry. It also claimed 40 per cent of drivers in the Coles supply chain delayed maintenance due to time pressure.
The TWU did not detail how many of the drivers it surveyed worked for Coles or other retailers mentioned in its release.
The idea of a Tesla electric pick-up sounds absurd, but the company’s CEO is talking up that prospect. Elon Musk has told Automotive News he has an idea for an advanced electric ute that has the performance of a sportscar and more towing and payload capacity than a petrol version and that it could come as early as four years and would be built in Texas.
But the ute proposal and the lure of a new Tesla factory could be more about appeasing Texan authorities given Tesla is involved in a dispute with state authorities over the fact it owns its two dealerships in the region (which is against the law).
A Virginia man has seven years in jail to think about why he decided to steal a truck containing items used by President Barack Obama.
Eric Brown pleaded guilty to the theft of government property after unwittingly stealing a truck used by the White House communications staff that contained $200,000 of equipment including a teleprompter used by the president.
The 49-year-old says he didn’t notice the presidential seals on the outside of the truck until he unloaded the contents after the heist.