The giant Volkswagen Group has offered $10.3 billion to complete its buyout of Scania. It currently owns 89.2 per cent of Scania’s shares and 62.6 per cent of its capital. VW also owns 75 per cent of Germany’s MAN and wants it and Scania to work together and save development and production costs. It is not yet clear if the remaining shareholders will be willing to accept the deal and a Bloomberg report suggests many are not yet convinced to sell shares in the profitable company. Livestock transporters are used to carrying cargo that can be on the nose, but sheep, horses and cows have nothing on a pungent load that made headlines in England last month. A 50ft-long rotting whale carcass was loaded on a flatbed truck five days after washing up dead on a beach near Seasalter, Kent. Motorists complained of blood and guts dropping on the highway, but most of all, a terrible, gutwrenching odour as the truck made its way to the tip. If it was that bad for motorists, spare a thought for the poor truckie. The Australian Trucking Association’s animated safety videos have been shown on Victorian TV in a bid to reduce crashes. These short instructional clips, which can usually be seen on the ATA’s YouTube channel, have been aired in Gippsland as part of the Truckies Lighting Up For Safety campaign which calls on truck drivers to turn their lights on and for other motorists to be more aware of larger vehicles. Campaign organisers say there has been a lot of positive feedback for the videos from truckies and other motorists. Daihatsus usually get replaced, not restored. Kennards Hire has bucked the trend and restored a 1968 D200 Daihatsu, which takes pride of place in its collection of hire equipment that has passed its use-by date and shows how far technology has come. The D200 was added to the collection in 2005, but was a little bit ragged. Kennards recently decided to give it some love, although little work was required for the truck’s mechanicals. Daihatsu trucks, and cars, are no longer available in Australia and Kennards now runs a fleet of Hino trucks. A new GPS fleet tracking system can be used to rate truckies. Navman Wireless has a feature that rates drivers on how safely and efficiently they drive. It takes into account a wide range of driver inputs, with points taken off for harsh braking, idling for long periods and speeding. The information can be collated and presented in a report that can then be used by fleet operators.