Mack truck fans have the chance to buy a special Titan truck and help raise money for charity. The company will auction the last remaining 50th Anniversary Southern Cross Titan on May 31, with profits going to the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland. The auction is at the Commercial Vehicles Industry Association of Queensland’s (CVIAQ) President’s Charity Dinner. Only 30 of the trucks (pictured) were made and the last has a gold coloured cabin and 685hp 16-litre engine. Here’s a smartphone app that could actually be useful. It’s called the Brake Pad Identifier, a name that perfectly explains its function. The app uses photo recognition technology to identify the part numbers and model names of brake pads to help operators replace them quickly and easily. “By just taking a few steps the Bendix Brake Pad Identifier will automatically identify the brake pad in your workshop allowing an unprecedented level ofin speed and accuracy,” says Bendix marketing chief Ian Bott. A logging company trial of an electronic braking system provides more evidence the technology should be adopted by trucks carting livestock and dangerous goods. That’s the view of VicRoads, which is pushing hard to reduce the amount of rollovers in Victoria. It says the number of rollovers in the state dropped by 12 to 41 in 2013, but says that can be reduced further with the use of EBS. State-owned timber company VicForests recorded 40 rollovers before adopting EBS in 2010 and has not had one since. Owners of PACCAR trucks from Kenworth and DAF trucks in the Northern Territory will now be looked after by CJD Equipment. CJD, which already has Kenworth and DAF dealers throughout Western Australia and Tasmania, is expanding into the NT after the dealer for the two brands, Western Diesel, went into administration. PACCAR says it worked with the receiver, McGrathNicol, to introduce CJD as the Kenworth and DAF representative in the NT. “CJD Equipment will now represent the Kenworth and DAF brands, as well as PACCAR Parts and TRP (parts),” the maker says. Heavy vehicle crash fatalities dropped last year. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics released its report for last year and it is encouraging. Fatal crashes involving heavy articulated vehicles (semis and B-doubles) dropped 28.9 per cent to 87 for the year. Death rates in this segment have now fallen by almost 10 per cent for three years in a row. The toll for fatal crashes involving heavy rigid vehicles also fell by 19.8 per cent to 69 in 2013.