American construction brand Terex has turned to Scania to power its TR60 dump truck. The company, which used to be part of General Motors, chose the 16.0-litre Scania V8, which produces 515kW (700hp) and 3183Nm from just 1500rpm. Its TR60 is a rigid dump truck that can carry loads of 55 tonnes over tough terrain. Terex, which takes its name from the combination of Latin words for earth and king, also uses 9.0-litre and 13.0-litre Scania engines for its TA articulated dump truck models.
The Victorian Transport Association has applauded the Victorian government’s decision to allow more efficient trucks to use more of the state’s road network. Under the new regime, trucks carrying ‘‘cubic freight’’, measuring up to 36.5m and weighing 68.5 tonnes will be allowed to travel on certain roads in regional areas. B-double trucks running in certain areas of Melbourne will be limited to 30m. VicRoads will have the power to allow loads of up to 77.5 tonnes, when assessing applications. The trucks must not exceed 90km/h and operators must sign up to the Intelligent Access Program and meet conditions under the Performance Based Standards scheme. The VTA says the increased access and conditions represent a fair balance.
Truck driver log books are set to be overhauled. The National Transport Commission has announced it will revise the National Driver Work Diary in conjunction with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), industry and governments. These changes are being carried out so the official log book reflects the requirements of the new regulations that have been set-up with the establishment of the NHVR this year. Log books are used to record when drivers’ working hours to ensure they are not driving, loading or unloading beyond the prescribed limits that are set to try to reduce fatiguerelated accidents.
Global sales of Volvo Trucks are at a five-year low after the first three months of the year. The value of its sales at the end of the first quarter dropped by 25 per cent compared to last year, which was particularly strong. Volvo says weak orders at the end of last year are behind the drop and that all regions, except for South America, showed weak demand. The Swedish company, which launched its new FH heavy truck in Europe late last year, says orders have increased and it expects sales to bounce back to normal in the next three months.
Unimog’s Australian importer is organising a tour of the German factory that makes the truck and those companies that produce innovative accessories for the model. Uniqco Special Vehicles imports Unimogs and has expanded to sell the tools that are designed to fit them, including Mulag tunnel washing systems, Faun waste collection and road sweepers and Zagro rail shunting gear. Interested parties can sign up for a tour that will visit the Mercedes-Benz factory where the trucks are build, a Unimog museum, the Mercedes museum, and the headquarters of Zagro, Faun and Mulag. For more information on the 11-day tour, which leaves next March, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terex dump truck: Now with 16.0-litre Scania V8