Christmas came early for looters in Brazil when a truck carrying televisions crashed, spilling its cargo on a highway near the city of Paragominas in the country’s north. Footage uploaded to the internet shows locals scarpering with the large TVs, which will be hot property in the country that hosts the World Cup football carnival next month. One enterprising motorcyclist took off with a particularly large TV, helped by his pillion passenger. The newly formed National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has a new boss: Sal Petroccitto, former roads and rail chief at Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads. He has been appointed to succeed Richard Hancock. Petroccitto already has some experience of the NHVR as he is currently the Queensland government representative on the NHVR Project Implementation Board, which has a vital role in trying to get the troubled body up and running. The company that imports CAT Trucks from the United States has had a name change. It was called NC2 Global Australia, but now goes by the name Navistar Auspac Pty Ltd. NC2 was formed as a joint venture between Navistar and Caterpillar in 2008 in order to rebadge International trucks for sale in several markets around the world, but Caterpillar pulled out of the venture in 2011 (although its name is still used). CAT Trucks is currently expanding its lineup in Australia, with two locally developed models including a new short-bonnet CT630S and a heavy-duty CT650. Linfox could pull out of a series of transport industry groups, including the Australian Trucking Association, over its push to use black boxes for driver monitoring. Chief executive Michael Byrne says he wants industry groups to do more to improve driver safety by using the black boxes, despite some operators pushing back against a rollout of the data collectors. Linfox is committed to black box technology, which sends all types of data such as speed, throttle use, braking rate and location to a fleet manager and believes it is both fair and cost effective. “Some of those associations have a different view, so it’s probably time to leave some of those associations,” Byrne says. Mercedes Benz Australia has issued a recall for its Freightliner brand to fix faulty seat belts.It is calling back 213 Coronado and Argosy rigs to fix the belts. The recall notice says the “seat belt tongue may bind in the seat belt buckle. Consequently, when the seat belt release button is pressed, the belt may not release.” This could be a problem in the event of a crash as the occupant may not be able to unbuckle the belt. The trucks were sold between August 1 and December 31 last year. Affected owners will be contacted.