History of Kenworth Trucks in Australia

Kenworth has been a household name in Australia since the 1960s when the first trucks from the United States hit the local market. The company went on to build the first Australian-made Kenworth truck and sell many of the well-known transport machines in the country. The history of Kenworth trucks in Australia is rich and deserves retelling to appreciate the brand’s great contributions and accomplishments to the Australian trucking industry.
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Australia Leading the Way in Electric Trucks

It’s the dawn of the age of electric vehicles. Manufacturers all over the world are racing to supply the growing demand for these eco-friendly automobiles. Right now, the competition for electric trucks in Australia seems wide-open.

Tesla, the world leader in electric cars, is developing a heavy-duty truck called Semi, but it will take a few more years before we could see even a prototype. Volkswagen is also investing $2 Billion to put an electric engine on its trucks over the next five years. Almost all the major manufacturers have their own plans too. Continue reading Australia Leading the Way in Electric Trucks

The Future of Trucking in Australia

The road freight industry, also known as the trucking industry, is integral to the Australian economy. Although it was not spared by the global financial crisis, it still maintained an annual growth rate of 2.4% in the last five years. Today, the industry has approximately 41,000 businesses, which employ more than 250,000 people and pay more than $13 billion in annual wages.

The industry looks very solid at the moment and getting into trucking business looks like a brilliant move. However, for serious investors, the present situation alone is not enough to invest a significant amount of money. You also need to have a good idea of how the trucking industry would fair in the future.

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Trucks Through Time

Before the time of trains, horses ruled the roads, hauling goods across the country. Alongside these four-legged powerhouses were bullocks and camels by the thousands. While they did get the job done, you can only imagine how long each trip took and how much strain it put not only on the animals but on their human keepers, as well. Deliveries of goods, tools, and other needs took months and with the waiting in between each drop off, supplies often fell short. Continue reading Trucks Through Time

50 Truck Driving Positions To Be Filled Urgently

Over 1,000 workers have been made redundant due to the closure of a Holden plant in Adelaide, which triggered a job expo hosted by the Holden Job Centre for positions available in regional Victoria.

One particular logistics company, Porthhaul, have offered 50 truck driving positions and various other roles for ex-Holden employees to be filled urgently. Continue reading 50 Truck Driving Positions To Be Filled Urgently

Stay On Top of NHVR Fatigue Management Issues

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) recently sent out a memo to the trucking industry detailing the correct counting procedures and additions that drivers need to maintain in their work diaries.

The NHVR said that they were prompted to do so after they recently received a wave of calls from concerned truck drivers about how to count work time correctly. Under the law, truck drivers on standard hours can work 12 hours in a 24-hour block and those accredited with a Basic Fatigue Management may work for 14 hours.

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Stainless Steel: The Future For Livestock Transporters

The livestock transport industry is looking towards the use of stainless steel to build cattle and sheep trailers to extend the life of these transporters.

These animal transporters travel some of Australia’s roughest terrain and clock up millions of kilometres often spending hours on dirt tracks. Along with this the trailers face wear and tear from the actual animals, their waste and constant hosing down.

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Reviving an Aussie Trucking Legend

Kenworth has announced the return of the Australian trucking icon, the T950. Ask any Australian to draw a road truck and they’ll jot the outline of this imposing heavy hauling legend with its long bonnet and raised cab.

This beast of a machine was dropped in 2007 but it has retained a loyal following with conventionalists and Kenworth aficionados. The Legend T950 is a seriously limited edition with Kenworth only producing 75 trucks with loyalists grabbing up every last one within 48 hours of release. Continue reading Reviving an Aussie Trucking Legend