SHORT HAULS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels -

Driv­ing on Mel­bourne’s West Gate Free­way should be­come eas­ier af­ter a $25 mil­lion up­grade. The city’s sec­ond busiest free­way has smart tech­nol­ogy aimed at im­prov­ing traf­fic flow. The elec­tronic man­age­ment, al­ready used on the M80 Ring Road and Monash Free­way, uses over­head signs to alert driv­ers whether in­di­vid­ual lanes are open or closed. Speed lanes can be al­tered re­motely to take ac­count of con­ges­tion or poor weather and much of the road will be mon­i­tored by closed cir­cuit TV. Two fire­fight­ers who risked their lives to save a man from the burn­ing wreck of a fuel tanker have been recog­nised. Ge­orge Cheeke and Lloyd Molder were given brav­ery awards for their ac­tions at the scene of a Cootes fuel tanker crash on Mona Vale Rd, Syd­ney, last year. The men ad­min­is­tered first-aid to a man who had crawled out of a wrecked car, work­ing for 15 min­utes with flames all around them. The 73-year-old later died of his in­juries, one of two to die in the crash. A speed ad­viser app for NSW is now avail­able for Ap­ple and An­droid de­vices. The free pro­gram uses NSW road data as well as the smart­phone’s GPS to iden­tify the speed zone the ve­hi­cle is trav­el­ling in. Then a male or fe­male voice re­minds the driver of the speed zone. The NSW trans­port depart­ment says such tech­nol­ogy can re­duce the risk of be­ing in­volved in a fa­tal ac­ci­dent by 19 per cent. Check the Speed Ad­viser app at Google Play and iTunes. Freight op­er­a­tor DB Schenker is help­ing a man rais­ing money for char­ity by vis­it­ing coun­tries in a hot-air bal­loon. Aus­tralian-based Kiwi Andrew Parker heads the Fly­ing High for Kids World Bal­loon Project and will fly over more than 100 coun­tries and meet 80,000 chil­dren. Parker will take his bal­loon to more than 200 schools around the world to cre­ate aware­ness about chil­dren’s rights to an ed­u­ca­tion. DB Schenker will move the bal­loon be­tween flights. The US par­ent group of the im­porter of Western Star, Den­nis Ea­gle and MAN trucks has posted its best quar­terly re­sult. Penske Au­to­mo­tive Group in­creased its gross profit for the first three months of this year to a whop­ping $669 mil­lion. Un­der its chair­man, mo­tor sport vet­eran Roger Penske (pic­tured), PAG op­er­ates more than 300 car and truck deal­er­ships around the world, as well as sup­ply­ing parts, re­pairs and even in­sur­ance.

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