The Trans-Help Foundation thanked long time sponsor Iveco with a visit to the company’s Dandenong HQ. Trans-Help supports truck drivers and their families and uses four Daily vans, donated by Iveco, for health checks at truck stops, rest areas and trucking companies. “With our visit to Iveco we wanted to thank the company for their generous support,” says Trans-Help CEO Dianne Carroll. “This also gave us the opportunity to show their staff what we do.” The Australian Biofuels Association says Australia could produce 360 million litres of biofuels every year, but is only making 100 million. Chairman Garry Mulvay says the local biofuels production industry is hurt by imported biofuels, the makers of which benefit from a subsidy at the point of origin and then receive a tax benefit in Australia. “It’s hard for a local industry when you’ve got a facility that is not at full capacity because you can’t compete with imports that are subsidised,” he says. The biofuel tax framework is about to change, with the subsidies to be scrapped and an excise introduced in stages from 2015 to 2021 starting at 2.5 and ending at 12.5 . Freight giant McAleese has bought half of Heavy Haulage Australia and may scoop up the rest of the business in two years. McAleese announced it has bought half of HHA for $3 million and has an option to buy the rest of the operation between two years and five years from now. McAleese managing director Mark Rowsthorn says the deal makes sense for his company given HHA’s focus on the oil and gas industry. “The key strategic reason for this investment is the opportunity to diversify into the attractive infield oil and gas sector, which demonstrates strong long-term growth prospects,” Rowsthorn says. The man in charge of enforcing Chain Of Responsibility laws in NSW has called for freight customers to stop applying late penalties. NSW Roads and Maritime Services compliance manager Paul Endycott told the Australian Trucking Association’s Technical and Maintenance Conference in Melbourne earlier this month his organisation has found many customers are still threatening penalties for late deliveries which is prohibited. Endycott wants to hear from any operator threatened with a penalty: “If there are penalties being applied to operators and others to induce a breach (of chain of responsibility), we’re very interested.” A truck driver unintentionally helped catch an alleged drug dealer in China. Xiong Feng was driving his truck along a highway in Jianxi province when a Porsche Cayenne ran into the back of his trailer, becoming wedged under the bumper bar. The car was dragged for 10km before the truck driver noticed something was wrong. Authorities said the Porsche driver, Zhen Yin, had passed out before the crash. They claim he was a wanted drug dealer and that the Cayenne’s boot was “full” of meth and cocaine. Yin survived and is now facing drug related charges.