Archive for July, 2009

Hino trucks support Melbourne truck show

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Hino at Melbourne Truck Show

Hino at Melbourne Truck Show

Show organisers are delighted to announce that Hino Australia has again thrown their full support behind the ITTE Show by confirming their attendance at the upcoming event being held in Melbourne next March 2010.

Hino, who were extremely strong supporters at the inaugural 2008 event, has again underlined their ongoing commitment to the transport industry by securing their space on the coveted Town Square Lawn area. This represents a key change for Hino when comparing it to the Show Pavilion, which they exhibited from at the last ITTE Show.
The decision to move was made by Hino management after giving strong consideration to a number of different options and evaluating how they could make the show work best for them and their customers. “We want to be in a central location to guarantee that all visitors attending the show have the opportunity of seeing the quality of our trucks and the impressive product range available from Hino,” said Hino Marketing Manager, Paul Tuffy.

The Town Square Lawn will certainly be one of the main gathering points at the show due to its central location and Hino’s presence is sure to enhance its popularity. It is also adjacent to the new moving equipment display area that has been hugely popular with exhibitors and is certain to be an additional draw card for visitors.
Hino sees the ITTE Show as the premier event on next year’s transport industry events calendar. They also see the event as a means of reinforcing their support to both their Melbourne based dealers and to their valued client base.
“We know how important the show is to our dealer network but it also provides us with the opportunity to communicate one to one with our clients, ensuring that we are constantly in tune with their ongoing needs in the ever changing market place that is transport,” said Paul.

Truckie showers in BIG RIG

Friday, July 17th, 2009

July 16, 2009 12:00am
A TRUCK driver has been fined for having a shower while driving his lorry on a motorway.

A police patrol car spotted water leaking from the driver’s cab as it sped along the Jinyi expressway, reports Changjiang Business Daily.

“We worried the driver may not have known about a mechanical problem so we signalled him to pull over at a service station,” said a police spokesman.

The police officers were shocked to see the driver was wet through and had been enjoying a shower via a sprinkler kettle system rigged up above his head.

His wife, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, had been holding up a sheet of plastic to protect the instruments from the water.

She told police officers there were rushing to deliver goods in another city and she had rigged up the shower to keep her husband cool after the air-conditioning system broke down.

Police fined the driver and warned him he would be in serious trouble if he tried to have a shower at the wheel again.

Cattle on the hoof

Friday, July 17th, 2009
CATTLE CARNAGE: Emergency workers attend the cattle truck after it overturned on the Gateway Bridge. Picture: Marc Robertson

CATTLE CARNAGE: Emergency workers attend the cattle truck after it overturned on the Gateway Bridge. Picture: Marc Robertson

Cattle in gateway truck accident

Cattle in gateway truck accident

Jane Chudleigh
July 16, 2009 09:20pm
SEVERAL cows were killed and Gateway Motorway traffic disrupted for hours on Thursday night when a cattle truck overturned, blocking the road with dead and dazed livestock.

The truck overturned and caught fire about 7pm in the southbound lanes near Eagle Farm.
Several head of cattle were killed, crushed when the truck overturned.
Distressed and injured animals ran over the Gateway Bridge, bringing traffic in both directions to a standstill.
The escaped cattle were rounded up near the toll booths.
The B-double truck rolled about 7pm, on a bend of road near where a fatal rollover of a truck full of fruit and vegetables occured earlier this month.
The truck driver in this incident was able to escape without serious injury.

A second truck to remove the escaped cattle was still being organised.
Brisbane City Council workers will clear the dead animals from the road.
The southbound lanes of the motorway leading on to the Gateway Bridge have been closed for several hours. Fire crews also have to clean up diesel that spilled from the truck.
Northbound traffic was closed at Murrarie, with diversions in place at Wynnum and Lytton roads.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said about 50 head of cattle escaped from the truck and had to be rounded up.
“They have had to euthanise four of the cows already and looking at euthanising several more because of their injuries,” the spokeswoman said.

International Truck Trailer Equipment Show

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Melbourne March 18/19/20….2010 supports the show supports the show

Unusual haul

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

What is this guy doing?

Still learning

Still learning

Melbourne Truck Show on the GO

Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Pat Cook

Pat Cook

Western Star Trucks and MAN Automotive Imports will take an entire hall at the International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne next year, something that will be an important milestone in the company’s history.

When you look at the current truck and trailer market some pundits are convinced that there is nothing but doom to come. However, while commercial sales in many areas have slowed, those at the Western Star Trucks and MAN Automotive Imports headquarters in Brisbane are actively engaged in keeping the two brand names up in lights.

So much so that at the International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne from 18–20 March next year, the two truck ranges will occupy an entire exhibition hall, to give visitors an up close and personal view of what is on offer for Australian road transport.

The inaugural Melbourne show, held in 2008 at the Melbourne Showgrounds, was an exciting and highly successful event staged on a large scale and attracting a high number of visitors from all facets of the Trucking Industry. According to Western Star Trucks and MAN Automotive Imports Marketing Manager Pat Cook (pictured), the 2010 show will be another important milestone in the company’s history.

“Never before have we had a hall of our own at any truck show,” he says. “In recent times, Western Star has really come of age with a continually growing market share and we now have an entirely new MAN truck range that will certainly expand sales, too.

“There are some people in the industry who keep referring to a recession, but the ‘R’ word is not in our vocabulary, as both Western Star and MAN have exciting times ahead. We really believe in our product ranges, which are supported by one of the best dealer networks in the business, manned by the best sales people, as well as the best in back-up service.

“The Melbourne show worked well for us last time and we see no reason why 2010 will not be as good, if not better. We are extremely pro-active in the market and can clearly see where our truck ranges fit. The show is an opportunity to inform customers, both existing and potential, how we can help their businesses.”

The full range of Western Star and MAN models will be displayed in Melbourne along with some innovative new products, including latest developments for the refrigerated B-Double market.

“2010 is very important and it is expected Melbourne will showcase products to people taking advantage of the pre-buy before the next round of emissions regulations.

“People need to see what is new. Those in road transport are working smarter and appreciate advantages offered by new technology. At the end of the day they all have to buy trucks, pay drivers and buy fuel, and the show allows them to take a close look at what we can offer, enabling them to make smarter purchase decisions,” Pat points out.

Western Star will utilise its Melbourne show pavilion to host customer functions, which Pat says offers another facet to the big exhibition.

“It gives us the opportunity to have guests in-house amongst the trucks where they can see first-hand vehicle features and presentations, providing them with vital information to meet their truck requirements. With the entire product ranges available for inspection and experts on hand to discuss specific transport needs we can deliver a high quality show experience,” Pat says.

“Because the 2008 show was so successful for us we feel 2010 will build on our success. With both products in the one pavilion we can offer road transport operators complete transport solutions – and that is paramount in times when they need to build their unique businesses.

Melbourne means business 2010

Friday, July 10th, 2009
Melbourne means business

Melbourne means business

The facts are undisputed: Melbourne’s 2008 International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show was the largest dedicated road transport expo ever to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere. And now the organisers are gearing up to make it even bigger and better in 2010.

The facts are undisputed; Melbourne’s 2008 International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show was the largest dedicated road transport expo ever to be staged in the southern hemisphere. Over 300 national and international based companies, representing all major truck, trailer and ancillary equipment suppliers, made the Melbourne Showgrounds site their home to demonstrate the dynamics and cost efficiencies of their products and services.

Such was the size of the event that it attracted over 35,000 genuine business leads from around Australia and overseas. All the exhibitors surveyed reported that the Melbourne based show brought high quality trade visitors to their stands and very few, if any, of the so called tyre kickers. The high level of business activities also moved off site, after dark, as many networking events were staged in and around the city precinct, located just 10 minutes from the newly renovated Showgrounds venue.

The success of the 2008 event, and the subsequent requests from previous and new exhibitors for more display space, has prompted the organisers, Transport Marketing Australia, to expand both the show and management committee. “We have now negotiated with the Melbourne Showgrounds to open the last of the remaining pavilions and outside areas for display use. In essence, the 2010 show will absorb all available showground space to cater for both the local and overseas industry involvement,” Showtimes will remain the same as the previous inaugural event commencing at10 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m., each day. With the move to the month of March, trade visitors and exhibitors alike can take full advantage of the States daylight savings times as well as Melbourne’s balmy autumn weather.

To be part of the 2010 exhibition action contact Transport Marketing Australia on +61 3 9690 7022 or e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it mailto: e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Melbourne truck show ramps up

Friday, July 10th, 2009

SCANIA on show

SCANIA on show

Scania Australia is set to double the size of its display area at the International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show in March 2010.

Scania will also build its own customer entertainment and dining area to host key clients and will have prime movers on display directly outside its stand area located in the Boulevard Hoecker pavilion.
“The success of our participation at the inaugural event and our desire to have a meaningful dialogue with customers and future customers means that we will put more effort into the 2010 ITTE Show,” said Emma Cooper, Marketing Coordinator at Scania Australia.
“We will have the flexibility to show off our entire product range, while the customer entertainment area allows us to catch up with our customers in a relaxed environment away from the hustle and bustle of the show,” she said.
Scania Australia’s ongoing support of the transport industry is further reinforced by its role as one of the major sponsors of the Heavy Vehicle Transport Technology (HVTT) symposia, to be held in Melbourne in the days leading up to the ITTE Show. The symposia will draw delegates from all around the globe to discuss key industry issues and will further cement the international status of the ITTE Show.

Veges taken from truckies crash scene?

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Paula Doneman
July 05, 2009 06:55pm
LATEST: FRESH witness accounts have cast doubt on claims a motorist stole vegetables from truck smash in which the driver was killed.
Police are continuing to probe the claims after witnesses came forward disputing the story.

A man died when his truck rolled about 5.30am on Saturday on the Gateway Motorway and the load of produce it was carrying spewed over the ground.
Police received reports of a man seen driving a silver Holden Commodore utility who stole a small amount of produce at the scene while the driver lay dying.
But a police spokeswoman said on Sunday more witnesses had come forward with conflicting information.
“We’ve got other people saying, no, that’s not right,” she said.
The spokeswoman said new information suggested the man had rendered assistance before leaving the scene.

“What we’re doing is trying to get to the bottom of it,” she said.

The 47-year-old married driver from Lowood, near Ipswich, was thrown from the cab of his vehicle after it smashed into a guardrail and rolled on the southbound lanes of the road at Eagle Farm.
The truck, which was coming from Bowen and headed for the Rocklea Markets, skidded on its roof, crushing the cab and splitting open the tandem trailers.
Pallets of pumpkins and boxes of capsicums were strewn over the roadway.
Police want to speak with anyone who might have also seen the alleged incident.
They also plan to examine footage from traffic cameras along the road and at the Gateway Bridge toll booth.
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson earlier said if the theft claim was correct, it was a “poor act”.

He said if evidence was found that supported the claim and led to a suspect, that person could be charged with stealing.
“On the face of it, it is a despicable act, particularly if assistance was required,” he said.
RACQ spokesman Gary Fites said if the claim was proven true, he hoped the incident was a rare and disappointing exception to the way most Queensland motorists look out for each other.
“If it is true, it is pretty callous. It surprises me,” he said.
“Everyone has a duty to render assistance to injured motorists until help arrives.”
Investigators are yet to determine the cause of the crash, which occurred in an area where extensive roadworks are under way as part of the Gateway road and bridge duplication.
Police said it appeared the truck failed to take a bend.
They are investigating whether fatigue or speed were involved.
Transport Workers Union Queensland secretary Hughie Williams questioned whether the Gateway in its current state was suitable for such B-double semi-trailers.
Yesterday’s accident, which closed parts of the motorway for most of yesterday, was the latest in a string of recent truck incidents on the road.
“I think it is OK for prime-movers but perhaps drivers of B-doubles should take a different route,” Mr Williams said.
– with AAP