Archive for April, 2010

Truckiesonline supports Fatality Free Friday

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Truckiesonline asks all Australian truckies to take the pledge for the next Fatality Free Friday 28th. May 2010

Truckiesonline supports Fatality Free Friday

Truckiesonline supports Fatality Free Friday

Shoe message to spread interstate
FFF_shoesThe striking ’empty shoes’ awareness event which took place last year in the lead up to Fatality Free Friday is making a return.

Fatality Free Friday founding sponsor Suncorp Insurance will host this major media call on 28 May – Fatality Free Friday – to draw attention to the number of lives lost each year on Australian roads.

The display is to be held in the Brisbane CBD’s Radacliffe Place where Fatality Free Friday supporters will be encouraging pledge signings on the day.

Also plans are underway to hold an ’empty shoe’ display in Melbourne on 28 May.

Police forces in both Victoria and Queensland are lending significant assistance to the event.

If you’d like to organise a Fatality Free Friday event in your community, we’d love to hear from you – contact us today.

Keep checking back on the Fatality Free Friday to stay up to date with new Fatality Free Friday events happening around the country.

To register your commitment to Fatality Free Friday click here


Volvo FMX New Truck Launch

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Volvo Trucks launch new FMX

Volvo Trucks launch new FMX

Volvo Trucks is launching the rugged, new Volvo FMX. Built specifically for heavy construction tasks, this truck will be available on European markets in September, followed by a global rollout during the rest of the year.
“We are extremely proud of this truck and can hardly wait to see it at work for our construction customers,” says Staffan Jufors, President and CEO, Volvo Trucks. “With the new Volvo FMX, we are truly breaking new ground for us and our customers’ operations.”

Rugged look for a rugged truck

The most obvious change with the new, high-clearance Volvo FMX is its robust, modern exterior. With a new upper grill, aggressive lower front, 3-part steel bumper with 3 mm thick steel corners, rugged skid plate and protective bull bar, this is a tough construction truck. For additional functionality, the Volvo FMX also features a powerful tow hook, headlamp mesh protection, new anti-slip steps and a convenient ladder – just to name a few examples.

“A quick glance at this truck and its powerful stance immediately reveals the close connection between Volvo Trucks and our sister-company, Volvo Construction Equipment – among the world leaders in dumpers, excavators and wheel-loaders,” says Staffan Jufors. “The new Volvo FMX literally breathes construction – reflecting its capabilities, inside and out.”

Truckies win lunch break battle

Monday, April 5th, 2010


A national freight company that denied two truck drivers and a forklift operator their lunch breaks underpaid them a combined $33,750 a Perth magistrate has found.

Long-term truck drivers Timothy Falconer and Mitchell O’Brien, and forklift operator Bernie Williams, told WA industrial magistrate Giuseppe Cicchini that SCT Logistics breached employment contracts by not paying them the correct amount for working during lunch breaks.

The truck drivers said this continued from March 2003 to December 2007 at the company’s Forrestfield depot.

They demanded half-an-hour’s pay at double time for each lunchtime missed.

However, SCT claimed the men were never barred from taking lunch. The company argued instead that most drivers preferred to skip lunch so they could finish work earlier or get paid more.

Mr Williams said that at times between April 2003 and December 2007 he too had to work through lunch without being paid appropriate overtime rates. The company disputed this.

In a recent ruling, Magistrate Cicchini accepted the truck drivers were “almost invariably” unable to take a lunch break.

He found that Mr Williams was instructed to work through several lunch breaks without being able to take one later in the day.

He found Mr Falconer was underpaid $17,771.26, Mr O’Brien $13, 859.79, and Mr Williams $2119.15.