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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 deb­

Terex dump truck: Now with 16.0-litre Sca­nia V8

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