Toyota has released the new-generation HiLux range. Almost every aspect of the eighth-generation HiLux has been strengthened, including a thicker frame, stiffer body, new high-torque turbo-diesel engines, advanced six-speed transmissions, beefed-up suspension and brakes, and expanded off-road ability.
Driving is a hazardous business. You must do everything within reason to protect your people from risks associated with their work. There are heavy penalties for failing to do so.
As duty of care becomes a more prominent issue within Australia, it leaves fleet managers wondering how this fits into their daily operations and whether they are potentially exposed to OHS legislation.
Queensland-based Stonestreets Coaches has been providing specialised vehicles for tours, charters, schools and industry for more than 22 years. Run by Phil Stonestreet and his sister Beverley Mules, the company employs some 300 staff. Since 1993, the company has grown its fleet of three buses to over 240. Rapid growth of the fleet warranted the implementation of a fleet management solution that would enable them to better service existing clients and provide for further business opportunities.
Given that fuel is the largest fleet operating cost, managing fuel consumption is essential for a company to remain competitive. Companies with the most efficient utilisation rely on location intelligence technologies to provide visibility into the areas that most influence fuel costs.
The Australian Government is providing incentives for Australians to purchase low-emissions vehicles as part of a new $50 million program funded through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
Techs4Biz has released a new electronic pre-start checks app from Pervidifor for use with heavy vehicles, plant and equipment. The app enables operators and inspectors to ensure heavy machinery meets safety requirements.
AusFleet online software for managing fleet, plant and equipment, from purchase to disposal, helps monitor and improve safety, efficiency and operational performance.
Rio Tinto has deployed 69 driverless trucks across three iron ore mine sites in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The trucks are controlled from an operations centre in Perth, over 1200 kilometres away.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a product safety notice on the Hino 300 Series vehicles.
The Australian designed and built ACCO range of trucks has been an integral part of the Australian transport industry since its introduction in the 1960s. Engineered to meet local climatic conditions and stand up to some of the harshest driving conditions in the world, the ACCO is produced at the same manufacturing facility in Dandenong, Victoria, where it was born.
When you've got a fleet of vehicles on the road, how do you keep track of your drivers? How do you know that fuel consumption is being kept as low as possible? What about the administrative end? How do you keep a close eye on expenses and employee time sheets and invoices that accumulate? And, finally, how do you keep track all of these things in real time?
Breaking the law when driving a loaded work ute or trailer is not difficult. The difficulty is determining the rules and regulations around load restraint for vehicles under 4.5 t GVM. They are confusing at best.
The ACCC has issued a safety notice on Dennis Eagle Trucks from Penske Commercial Vehicles.
It's a fascinating time for fleet. In years gone by, we saw a business's fleet being run on pieces of paper, handed across before and after a job. Then we progressed to hands-free communication built in to vehicles, allowing drivers to be in constant communication with the base. However, with software we now see the opportunity to do things differently — to integrate and progress.