Anyone living near a busy road will agree that traffic noise is a serious nuisance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it can also affect our health and lead to premature death. Traffic-related noise pollution accounts for more than one million healthy years of life lost annually to ill health, disability or early death in the western countries of the European Region, states a WHO report on the subject. But this problem is not limited to Europe, as it affects any country with traffic areas and high vehicle usage.
Waitomo Petroleum is expanding its fuel delivery fleet and has just purchased two DAFs from Southpac Trucks. The new DAF trucks will join the company’s existing fleet of 25 Mitsubishi FUSOs and represents another “step up” for the fast-growing heartland company. Waitomo’s managing director Jimmy Ormsby says the DAFs were chosen for their driver accessibility, as well as their additional horsepower, which, with the increasing amount of truck and trailer work Waitomo has, will reduce engine wear and tear and overall fuel consumption.
Leading Australian trailer manufacturer, MaxiTRANS, has revealed that it will feature in a prominent new position at the front of Brisbane Truck Show 2017. United on the one stand, all of its six equipment brands – Freighter, Maxi-CUBE, Hamelex White, Lusty EMS, Azmeb and Peki – will feature in the display, which the company says will mirror a ‘showroom experience’ and highlight the efficiency gains its products have to offer.
Family-owned Kiwi heartland company, Waitomo Petroleum, will celebrate 70 years in business this June. The company has grown to become one of the largest independent suppliers of petroleum products in New Zealand, and their success proves that small, hard-working companies that serve provincial communities can compete against corporate giants and flourish within the global oil industry.
PEOPLE AND TRANSPORT
Minor [Pronounced Min – ore] Badilla had just covered his load of bagged product at the Love’s Travel stop in Salina, Utah and was about to head East when Dave McCoid nabbed him for a chat. As truck fanatics go, there’d be few with a greater love for what they do than Minor. “I’ve been trucking for 34 years, 17 at home in Costa Rica and 17 here in the US. I still wake every morning full of joy to go trucking. I love my truck and the life. Next to my wife and granddaughter, it is my passion,”
Central Southland Freight is a family-owned business based in the small Southland town of Winton, where it has been operating for more than 25 years. The line ‘on a steel horse I ride’ from a Bon Jovi classic adorns the rear wall of Allen Wilson’s cab. Although in the song this is a bus, it could, in Allen’s case, be his Freightliner Coronado.
Off the shelf units are always a compromise, but Spreading Canterbury have found a standard Scania and added a bespoke bin and built an automat trailer to produce an uncompromising machine. The new Scania and its 4-axle automat trailer look impressive, as well as purposeful. The over-width 6-wheel drive truck with its massive tractor treads looks like a G model, rather than the low cabbed P model. A glance at the P400 badge indicates it is in fact the low and short cab P model, but with three steps before the cab floor is reached, it’s obvious that there’s a lot of ground clearance between the sump and the Canterbury plains that this truck will spend the next decade or so fertilising.
Running a successful rural carrying business takes a lot of nous. Peter Sole’s latest addition has brought the bulk side of the business to life! Keeping abreast of the latest and safest technology, Peter Sole Transport Ltd has recently taken delivery of a new 8x4 Isuzu CYJ460 fitted with a Trout River live bottom body (Ref New Zealand Trucking April 2016 Issue p. 60). Fitted by New Zealand licensees Reid and Mowat Engineering in Dunedin, the body features tapered sides and a chain-driven belt that ejects the contents through a hinged rear door.