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Time to take interest in your super

With nearly 20 per cent of Australian truck drivers approaching retirement age next year, industry is calling for a renewed focus on the importance of truckies planning for their future.

Safety Truck coming to town near you

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The fatal crash rate for articulated trucks improved by more than 60% between 1982 and 2007. Road design, vehicle design, technology, seat belts, speed management, licencing and accreditation schemes are among the top gains during this period.

Book review: The Best Australian Trucking Stories

Truckies in Australia are a pretty unique bunch. Our job takes us to some of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet, and we see and experience things that drivers in other countries just wouldn’t believe.

In a first-ever collection of stories about Aussie truckers, renowned Australian author Jim Haynes manages to capture the humour, tragedy and fascinating history of life as a long-haul truck driver.

Big wins for trucking industry in 2015-16 Federal Budget

Big wins for trucking industry in 2015-16 Federal Budget

As the dust settles following the release of the federal government’s 2015-16 budget in May, the realities of a stimulus package worth $5.5 billion are beginning to set in with many small business owners in the trucking industry. Tax breaks, reduced red tape and accelerated tax deprecation are among the tops wins for trucking businesses.

Watch how a massive CAT 797 is assembled

Watch how a massive CAT 797 is assembled

Caterpillar’s 797 series dump trucks are among the largest and highest capacity trucks in the world. Up close, they are massive, standing as tall as a two-storey building and weighing 600+ tonnes. In fact, the CAT 797 is so enormous that assembly has to be completed on the job site.

Volvo Trucks creates road trip reality TV

Volvo Trucks creates road trip reality TV

Volvo Trucks has teamed up with Swedish-American musician Mapei to produce an inspiring and light-hearted road trip reality TV show called Reality Road.

Queensland led workplace program helps truckies health

Queensland led workplace program helps truckies health

With many hours spent on the road, keeping healthy can be a considerable challenge for Australian truckers, who don’t always have access to fresh healthy food, and the ability to keep up a regular exercise routine. Due to the nature of their jobs, many truck drivers are at risk of developing serious diseases, such as diabetes and heart related issues, given the long hours worked and relatively sedentary work life.

Revolutionising road safety: Samsung's transparent truck

Revolutionising road safety: Samsung's transparent truck

While it’s not quite James Bond’s invisible Aston Martin, the unveiling of Samsung’s see-through truck certainly has shaken, not stirred, heavy haulage companies in Australia. Designed with safety rather than espionage in mind, the invisible truck aims to reduce the risk of accidents by giving other drivers better visibility on the roads.

Top 5 drifting mine truck videos

Top 5 drifting mine truck videos

When you consider that a Cat 797F, Caterpillar’s largest and highest payload capacity dump truck, has an operating weight of 623+ tonnes, it’s not hard to understand how serious accidents can occur especially when conditions become too slippery to maintain traction.

The first autonomous truck is on the road

The first autonomous truck is on the road

The fast-paced advancement of technology has long been a preoccupation of today’s generation. You only need to look to the world of sci-fi film and literature to see a vision of the robotic future, sometimes embraced, and at other times feared. One of these advancements is self-driving cars, with many of the world’s leading transportation companies already rolling out technologies to help move things from A to B with little to no human interference. It's not just driverless cars that have become a reality - it was announced last month that the world’s first autonomous truck is now in action.