Driver safety review
THE National Transport Commission wants feedback on driver safety proposals.
They are in a draft document released under the Assessing Fitness to Drive Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers ( AFTD) program.
Published by Austroads and the NTC, the AFTD document outlines national medical standards for driver licensing.
NTC safety senior manager Jeff Potter said the revised document covered the assessment of drivers and their abilities.
‘‘The publication has been improved to focus on how the symptoms of a person’s condition may affect their driving rather than just the diagnosis,’’ Dr Potter said.
The draft document is available at www.ntc.gov.au JCB said it has created the world’s cleanest offhighway engine using a new emission reduction system.
Developed by British engineering firm Ricardo, the Twin Vortex Combustion System enables the elimination of exhaust after treatment, providing an option for off-highway operators.
It uses a re-entrant combustion-bowl design with injector-nozzle geometry which work with cooled exhaust-gas recirculation, high air-fuel ratio and injector pressures as well as electrical actuators for the exhaust and air-management systems.
The technology will make its debut in the new JCB Ecomax T4 engine.
Ricardo global diesel product group director Ian Penny said the system was a breakthrough in clean offhighway engine power and that trucks could benefit from it.