Dou­ble mile­stone

Owner Driver - - Owner / Driver - GREGGREGBUSH BUSH

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.

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