Tarmac drifting is not something you normally associate with American pickup trucks. American drifter Vaughn Gittin jnr is looking to change that after coming up with a drift-ready version of the new Ford F-150 (pictured) for the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The special F-150 can sit close to the ground for drift work or sit high for off-road racing thanks to 12-inches of suspension travel and airbags. “I love trucks, and to build one that has daily on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping capabilities is something I have always wanted to do,” says Gittin. The Australian Design Rules for vehicles are being reviewed, including those for heavy vehicles. The car industry is keen to have the ADRs altered to match those in overseas markets (using UNdetermined regulations) to make importing vehicles easier. The Australian Trucking Association argues the ADRs for heavy vehicles should be left alone given the unique operating environment for Australian trucks and the fact we run B-doubles and B-triples. Medical standards for truck and train drivers are up for review. The National Transport Commission is looking at the guidelines to “measure and analyse any risks that people with certain medical conditions might pose to the safety of our transport networks, but it will be a balanced approach that takes people’s transport needs into consideration,” says NTC chief Paul Retter. “We think the current guidelines are working well, but it pays to check that view against the latest evidence, particularly when community safety could be affected,” Retter says. An operations manager for Speedie Contractors has won a National Safety Award for a clever and simple workplace solution. Tim Knowles noticed many workers were stepping into truck tipper bodies to clear out the matter that became stuck during the unloading process, despite management telling them not to. He came up with a system that used three vibrating plates that sit below a tipper tray to ensure all the material was shaken out. Australian Trucking Association chair, Noelene Watson says: “It’s a proactive approach that should be commended.” Tyres that inflate themselves could be coming to a truck near you. Goodyear is about to start testing a new tyre that can monitor its own air pressure and is able to increase or decrease for the optimum number. The company says running tyres at optimum pressure will save fuel, reduce emissions, extend the life of the tyres and reduce the time it takes to manually pump them up. Goodyear says it has been working on the special tyres since 2011 and plans to test them over a period of 18 months before it considers putting them into production.