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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.

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