Truck News Wrap: Renault CNG, Freightliner Warranty and Mack MP8 Upgrade

Truck News Wrap: Renault CNG, Freightliner Warranty and Mack MP8 Upgrade

The government’s commitment to reduce the truck fuel tax rate has been welcomed by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

The government will lower the tax on truck fuel, otherwise known as the road user charge, from 26.14 to 25.9 cents per litre from the 1st of July.

ATA Chief, Christopher Melham, says the move is good news for owners and operators after nearly a decade of being overcharged.

A truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) is now on duty with the French post office.

The Renault D truck has a 19 tonne load capacity, 320hp and a range of up to 400km and joins a line-up of thousands of alternative energy and sustainable fuel vehicles by La Poste.

Isuzu trucks have been given another strong recommendation, this time by building equipment transport specialists DHH.

DHH recently added another two new Isuzu F-Series trucks to its fleet, after two older Isuzu trucks more than proved their worth.

Workshop Manager Steve Sawrey telling us the company had no qualms about choosing to go with Isuzu again.

He said the Isuzu product is just as at home on urban and rural routes.

Mack trucks has announced an update of the Mack MP8 engine.

Set to enter production in the US in October and then arrive in Australia next year, the new MP8 engine boasts an up to 8.8% improvement in fuel economy.

Freightliner Argosy and Coronado trucks sold in Australia now come with a new four-year/800,000km warranty.

Available until the end of the year, the extended warranty covers items such as the transmission, clutch, driving axles and more.

The Allison TC10 transmission will now be available to Kenworth and Peterbilt prime-mover buyers.

Paccar this week announced it had partnered with Allison to release the fully automatic transmission in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks powered by either Paccar or Cummins engines.

New data out of the US shows the financial impact that increasing traffic congestion is having on truck owners and operators.

The American Transportation Research Institute found traffic congestion on highways drove operational costs for trucking up by more than $63.5 billion (AUD) in 2014.

The report found that traffic congestion led to more than 728 million hours of lost productivity and a total of 264,500 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for a working year.

The finalists for this year’s Australian Trucking Association National Trucking Industry Awards have been named.

The awards will be handed out in June at a Gala Dinner on the Gold Coast and all the finalists are worthy of recognition, according to ATA Chief Executive Christopher Melham.

And Iveco has a new dealership in Perth.

AV Truck Services has been welcomed to the Iveco dealer network after the existing Perth metro dealership decided to move away from commercial vehicles.

Iveco tell us that during the handover there shouldn’t be any major disruption to services in Perth for new and existing owners.

About the author

Chris Miller

Chris is a writer and co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast. He is a radio broadcaster by trade and is an evening presenter on Magic 1278 in Melbourne with previous roles at several stations. He also does daily reports for the Australian Traffic Network. A self declared car tragic and for as long as he can remember Chris has been obsessed with them. The inner child in him still gets excited when he spots something exotic on the road.

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