SHORT HAULS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels -

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.

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