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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.

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