Truck News Wrap: ATA License Calls, Mack Recalls and Scania Seat Issues

Truck News Wrap: ATA License Calls, Mack Recalls and Scania Seat Issues

There are calls for a rethink on how drivers attain their heavy vehicles licenses.

The Senate is looking into heavy vehicle safety issues at the moment and the Australian Trucking Association says national licensing and training standards are a good idea.

The ATA saying a common national training system in particular could help improve road safety. The trucking association saying this would ensure registered training organisations deliver the training packages they’re supposed to deliver.

Meantime, the ATA is also calling for a rethink on how/when overseas licence holders are allowed to get behind the wheel of heavy vehicles in Australia. That comes after some highly publicised incidents involving drivers trained and licensed overseas.

The U.S. trucking industry is seeing more signs of growth with new data showing trailer orders jumped significantly in February.

Those orders increased 21% compared to January and 2% year on year.

Four Mack Truck models are being recalled in North America over a possible driveshaft fault.

Affecting nearly 21,000 Mack Granite, LR Pinnacle, TerraPro and Titan trucks built between 2012 and 2015, the issue involves a connection between the driveshaft and rear axle that may become loose and cause the driveshaft to disconnect.

Meantime Mack will also be recalling certain 2016 and 2017 Mack Granite and TerraPro trucks for a steering shaft problem.

We are keeping an eye on the situation here and will report on any Australian recalls.

The Australian truck manufacturing operations of Iveco have received a major endorsement, gaining a new quality rating.

Iveco gaining the recently-revised ISO 9001 rating which places more emphasis on customer satisfaction, along with statutory and regulatory requirements.

Daimler Trucks Perth has won the 2015 Metropolitan Dealer of the Year at the 2015 Freightliner Trucks awards in Melbourne.

The annual awards celebrate the best performing dealers in Australia and New Zealand, with the Perth-based Freightliner dealership claiming the top gong after opening a new $30 million facility.

The NZ Freightliner dealership, Trucks and Trailers Auckland, finished as runner-up.

Mavin Truck Centre, hailing from Kempsey, New South Wales took out the 2015 Rural Dealer of the Year award ahead of Hartwigs Albury.

The 2015 International Truck of the Year, the Renault T is in line for further improvements.

Renault say for 2017 the truck, which won’t be coming to Australia, will benefit from weight-saving and aerodynamic improvements, both of which will help save fuel and increase the maximum payload.

A recall of the Scania R Series has been initiated after a possibly dangerous fault was identified in the seats.

The recall will require owners to return their vehicle to a Scania dealership for the replacement of the suspect components and was launched after it was found that the lower backrests in the seats may not have the correct durability and could pose a hazard in the event of a crash.

Scania R Series owners are being urged to contact their nearest Scania dealership to arrange for the repairs to be carried out, free of charge.

The Warrnambool State Emergency Service (SES) has given their Isuzu NPS 4×4 two thumbs up.

Joining the busy SES unit in 2014, Controller Giorgio Palmeri says the Isuzu has proven a very handy and reliable workmate that is also a very easy to drive vehicle.

A truck driver who came to the aid of a cyclist injured in an incident on a busy Sydney motorway says he is humbled by the attention his actions have received.

Truck driver Garth Hayes is the latest recipient of the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award.

Garth witnessed the crash, which involved a second cyclist, stopped his truck and ran into oncoming traffic to prevent the cyclist from being run over.

He says he didn’t think about his own safety in that moment and his reward is that the cyclist got to go home to his family.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has honoured its best performing Australian dealerships at a glittering event in Melbourne.

Daimler Trucks Sydney was named best metropolitan dealer and Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast took out the best rural dealer award.

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Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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