THIS MONTH’S edition of Owner//Driver is a significant milestone for the publication. It marks 25 years since Owner//Driver first saw the light of day.
Back in September 1992, the issues confronting the road transport industry were not unlike those in 2017. High registrations and taxes, costly fuel excise charges and issues with overzealous road and transport authorities – including the obligatory blitzes.
Other areas of concern included owner-drivers waiting to be paid by contractors – sound familiar?
Big news among manufacturers was Volvo releasing the F16 model with 500hp. Much power, indeed.
Truck manufacturing has come a long way since the early 1990s, not only increased power and torque, but also the introduction of innovative safety features that were beyond the comprehension of most truck drivers back then.
Trucks are also more comfortable, especially for long-haul drivers, with well-appointed cabs plus all the electronics that a professional truckie requires.
Sure, there are those that prefer to hang onto the classics of yesteryear – you only have to attend one of the many truck events on the Australian calendar to see the pride and joy on the faces of the truck owners and drivers after they’ve spent days cleaning and polishing their rigs before each show.
Owner//Driver has attended countless industry events shows during the past two-and-a-half decades; we’ll do our best to attend as many as we can in the future. As well as being a quarter of a century old, this publication is gearing up for another important landmark edition – January 2018 will mark the 300th issue of Owner//Driver. In coming editions, the Owner//Driver team will take a journey back through those early years but also look ahead to what the industry has in store.
Road transport is facing many changes, the most important being the driver shortage of young people prepared to get behind the wheel, and what is deemed as the possible threat to drivers’ livelihood – autonomous vehicles. Meanwhile, enjoy this month’s edition of Owner//
Driver, which includes the story and evolution behind a new classic – the Kenworth Legend 900.