Pop culture and politics, unite! A Georgia congressional campaign has used culture smarts and the candidate s business background to produce one of the catchier advertisements of the 2014 election cycle to date.
Mike Collins, running as a Republican in the state s 10th congressional district, operates the family trucking business Collins Industries, Inc., based in Jackson. In light of his association with the industry, the candidate starred in a campaign ad that parodies Jean-Claude Van Damme s epic Volvo commercial1, in which the action star performs an extreme leg split in-between two moving semi trucks.
What you see is a small businessman confronted with Obamacare: a disastrous government plan that defies the laws of the market, and a mindset that government knows better, Collins says in a voiceover.
In the original Van Damme ad, the actor says, What you see is a body crafted to perfection, a pair of legs engineered to defy the laws of physics, and a mindset to master the most epic of splits.
10 points for creativity; let s call it 4.5 for flexibility.
Collins is the son of former Rep. Mac Collins, also a Georgian and a Republican. He is running to replace current Rep. Paul Broun, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
THE BEST HEADLINE FOR TRUCKFEST IN 2013 WAS GLORIOUS TRUCKFEST . THE SUN SHONE AT ALL OF THE EVENTS, WITH RECORD ATTENDANCES THROUGHOUT THE TRUCKFEST SERIES.
THE YEAR KICKED OFF WITH THE MAMMOTH PETERBOROUGH GET-TOGETHER AND WHAT A GET-TOGETHER IT WAS! WITH OVER 1500 TRUCKS ENTERED INTO THE CLOSELY FOUGHT AFTER COMPETITIONS, WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF HAULIER SHOWCASE OFFERINGS, AND MANUFACTURERS JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF NEW PRODUCT, THE WEEKEND WAS UNQUESTIONABLY THE LARGEST ATTENDED GATHERING WE HAVE EVER SEEN AT THE EAST OF ENGLAND SHOWGROUND, PETERBOROUGH.
THE BEGINNING OF JULY SAW A NEW HOME FOR THE SOUTH WEST EVENT. THE FABULOUS MALVERN HILLS PROVIDING THE BACKDROP, INCLUDED WITH THE TITLE OF THE EVENT, TRUCKFEST SOUTH WEST & WALES CAN JUSTIFIABLY OFFER HAULIERS AND DRIVERS FROM THE SOUTH WEST, MIDLANDS AND WALES THEIR OWN UNIQUE BRAND OF THE TRUCKFEST EVENTS.
THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE NORTH OF THE BORDER, SAW AN UNPARALLED ATTENDANCE OF TRUCKS, NEW VEHICLE RANGE AND THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, THE CHANNEL 5 SERIES, STOBART: TRUCKS, TRAINS AND PLANES WERE THERE TO NOT ONLY WITNESS THE CORPORATE PRESCENCE BY THE STOBART GROUP, BUT ALSO TO DOCUMENT THE FABULOUS WEEKEND WHICH IS ALL ABOUT SCOTLAND AND THE NORTH OF ENGLAND HAULIERS, THEIR TRUCKS AND DRIVERS.
MID-AUGUST, AND IT WAS TIME TO CROSS THE IRISH SEA FOR IRELAND S OWN TRUCKFEST. THIS YEAR HELD AT THE NEWLY CREATED SHOWGROUND NEAR LISBURN, AT BALMORAL PARK. WE HAD LONG BEEN ASKED TO PRODUCE AN EVENT THAT WAS FOR THE WHOLE OF IRELAND, AND WE BELIEVE THAT S JUST WHAT WE VE DONE. TRUCKFEST IRELAND HAS CERTAINLY EARNED ITS PLACE IN THE TRUCKFEST CALENDAR WITH ITS NEW LOCATION, THE EVENT IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE NOT ONLY TO OPERATORS AND VISITORS IN THE NORTH, BUT ALSO THOSE JOINING US FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH. THE TRUCK COMPETITIONS HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH DIVERSITY AND THE ULSTER VINTAGE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE CLUB SURPASSED THEMSELVES WITH ONE OF THE BEST COLLECTIONS OF VEHICLES FROM YESTERYEAR.
2014 SEES THE THIRD ANNUAL EVENT WITH A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW FROM 2013.
TRUCKFEST ORIGINAL CONTINUES TO BRING A GREAT MIXTURE OF CONTEMPORARY AND VINTAGE TRUCKS TOGETHER AT THE STARTING PLACE FOR TRUCKFEST, WHICH IS THE NEWARK & NOTTS SHOWGROUND. PEOPLE OFTEN COMMENT ON THE FEELGOOD FACTOR AT THIS EVENT AND WE KNOW JUST WHAT THEY MEAN. 2014 SEES THE EVENT MOVE BACK A WEEK, TO THE 30TH AND 31ST AUGUST.
THE NEW EVENT FOR 2014 IS A RETURN VISIT TO THE WONDERFUL DETLING SHOWGROUND IN KENT FOR THE LAST TRUCKFEST OF THE SEASON. TRUCKFEST SOUTH EAST WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 13TH AND 14TH SEPTEMBER, THE SHOWGROUND ITSELF PROVIDES SOME GREAT FACILITIES FOR WEEKEND AND DAY VISITORS, FOR THOSE STAYING ON SITE, BEING OFFERED A GREAT CABERET NIGHT IN THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ENTERTAINMENT BUILDING.
ONE THING IS FOR SURE, WHETHER YOU ATTENDED ONE EVENT IN 2013 OR ALL OF THEM, YOU WILL HAVE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT IS TO BE A PART OF THE TRUCKFEST EXPERIENCE. WE ALL CAN T WAIT FOR 2014, SEE YOU THERE!
THE TRUCKFEST TEAM
We asked, and you answered. Following find a round-up of readers answers to the question What are you thankful for? As for Matt Owens, commenting on our Facebook page, he kept it simple. I m thankful for a 650-hp Kenworth T800 with three functional drive axles to keep his business rolling, he wrote.
And driver David O Malley wrote in with this well-considered dispatch:
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
I guess I could complain about being unemployed with 20 years accident-free experience. As I sit here and e-mail you on my Macbook Pro sitting in my office in my log home on two wooded acres in Southern Massachusetts.
I guess I could whine about how the doc screwed me on my med card because I was one number off on my blood pressure and now I can never get a two-year card again.
I guess I can stomp my feet and make my face turn red now that I need two 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m.s
Or moan and groan that shippers and receivers are killing us with wait times, even though i mostly have run flats all my life and really have no clue about waiting. Forty-five minutes to me is an eternity
But, wow, here I sit and if I ask how I got here, trucking is the answer. It s all I have done. It s all I know. It has not been easy, but as far as hard is concerned I bet there are a few people over in the Philippines who would kill to trade places with me.
My children are almost grown and healthy, due to the insurance I have always had through my few trucking jobs. My daughter is looking at colleges and will actually go to one of them. Yes of course it won t be easy, but it s doable because of my work in the industry.
My marriage is actually still going strong after 18 years, in part because I have always been gainfully employed , and the time apart I think actually helps the union get stronger at times.
I have a shop full of toys with two wheels and four, collected and paid for over the years with money earned in trucking. And no not always as much money as it should have been or used to be, but it s always been there.
I have worked hard American-type hard, and there aren t too many people who can say they earned their dollar that way anymore. I m proud of that!
So when a trucking magazine asks me what I am thankful for at Thanksgiving time, I answer trucking!
And happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Overdrive!
Terence Gunderson: I m thankful for all I have my family, my health, my job and my freedom. I m running through Thursday to be home Friday and the weekend. Crazy shoppers on Friday: be safe if you re out and about.
Jesse Skubal: For my first issue of Overdrive in the mail today!
Richard Young: I m thankful for my family.
John Andrade: I m thankful that I work for Ashley furniture as a delivery driver and that provides for my family of seven kids, my mom and my wife. I can t thank God enough for providing me with driving job that I love very much. I ve had my CDL for about nine years now, and I own three trucks (two 26-foot Hino and a Mitzu). I ve been doing the same job for 17 years.
Luz Carouso: I am thankful that drivers care about one another, even through simple gestures such as a flash of the lights or holding the door open at a truck stop. I am grateful knowing that young drivers will gain more insight on operating in a professional manner by watching experienced men and women. I am thankful to be associated with people who want to put in a full day s work and earn the money that protects and nurtures their families.
Jason Akers: No holiday here, but I m thankful to have a loving family and a decent job. Got to keep the wheels a turning. Christmas right around the corner and trying to get enough to buy my son an iPad.
Daniel Malmquist: I m thankful for waking up every morning still breathing, bu most of all for those out there on the front lines protecting our freedom who will not be with their loved ones this Thanksgiving. God bless them and the United States of America. And yes, I will be running this week. With 20 years in the military, missing many a holiday, what s one more?
Daniel McCreary: I m thankful for a family that doesn t complain about the crazy trucking schedule. And though I don t always see eye to eye with my company s management, I m thankful for a secure job that allows me to comfortably support my wife and six children. I m thankful for customers who make my job a real pleasure.
Dwight Nelson: I m thankful just to be back on the road driving again after going through a nasty divorce. I ended up losing my Chevy Silverado, my 2005 Volvo truck, my CDL, my house, my two sons and damn near my mind. I was off the road from August 2009 to January 2013. I m now a driver trainer with Total Transportation of Mississippi. So far I have a 100 percent success rate with all of my trainees. I make sure that all of them are road ready and properly trained before I sign off to allow my company to let them go out as solo drivers. So far, all of my students are running teams and doing a good job. I m dealing with some sciatic nerve damage in my left leg, but I m not going to let it get the best of me. I m wishing everybody a Happy Thanksgiving. Don t forget to share your stories about what you re thankful for. Thank you Jesus.
Payne Overton: My son, son-in-law and family friend all were killed in a car wreck this past year, Dec. 13, 2012, by a truck driver. He fell asleep at the wheel and T-boned my son s car. At first I blamed the driver. But I started to think about my husband, who is an owner-operator himself. I know how hard it is trying to pick up and make deliveries on time. I am thankful that my son, son-in-law, and friend did not know what hit them. It was that fast. For all of the drivers out there: I thank you for all you do. I am at peace now, seeing things through a driver s eyes. I have been on our truck with my husband many times. I thank God for just getting by one more day. I am thankful for my family, friends and the drivers I know and love.
The automotive graveyard is filled with attempts to capture women buyers. Some are tacky, others are just called the Volkswagen Eos and capture that market on their own. That’s not stopping Mitsubishi Fuso from trying to bring more women into the commercial truck market with the new Canter Eco Hybrid Canna concept.
Of course, it’s pink. Even though there were apparently 9 women on the planning team, the theme of the Canna concept is “cute” and “comfort,” because that’s what Fuso thinks is going to get more women into the commercial truck industry. We get that they’ve tried to make it cute, but how is it more comfortable? Color-coordinated plastic mirror caps don’t scream comfort and a white interior makes me think it’s harder to clean. So, no, not comfortable at all.
The yellow on the tires is at least interesting, though.
Still, this probably isn’t the way to sell women on the idea they suddenly need a commercial truck because it’s painted like a prop from a children’s TV show. Perhaps they should just ask VW instead of reading archival data about the Dodge La Femme1.
Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso
As 2013 Road Safety Week was launched today (18 November) the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has supported the national campaign by voicing the importance to drivers to stay focussed and not be distracted by the phone when behind the wheel. The FTA has enforced the message of this years Road Safety Week,…
As 2013 Road Safety Week was launched today (18 November) the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has supported the national campaign by voicing the importance to drivers to stay focussed and not be distracted by the phone when behind the wheel.
The FTA has enforced the message of this years Road Safety Week, which has the theme of tune into road safety by calling on drivers to turn off their phones or to put them in the boot, and urges everyone to refuse to speak on the phone to someone who s driving.
Christopher Snelling, FTA Head of Urban Logistics and Regional Policy said: The behaviour of the road user is the most important element in ensuring road safety, and it s the thing we all have within our immediate control. When travelling we all need to focus on the road and the users around us, so we can keep ourselves and others safe .
Despite it being a decade after hand-held mobiles were banned at the wheel, figures revealed today showed that 575,000 motorists have been prosecuted for using a handset at the wheel or being otherwise distracted while driving.
Snelling added: FTA members of course know that it is illegal to use a hand-held phone to text or call at the wheel, and recognise that anyone trying to multi-task when behind the wheel can be distracted. However, in support of Road Safety Week we would discourage any driver from taking part in a phone conversation as it can affect their ability to control a vehicle. We believe it is imperative that all road users share the road safely whether you are driving, cycling or walking it is vital to focus on keeping yourself and others safe .
Distraction isn t just an issue for drivers; for people on foot and cycling, being sidetracked by a mobile phone, or not being able to hear due to listening to music can be lethal. Negotiating roads need everyone to give their full care and attention, and to share roads safely.
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Among the highway scenes that serve as backdrop to the video for Australian Caede Ridgway s From Miles Around rocking trucking track are this one, capturing a black bear and a tanker truck.
A new rocking trucking song, available via video below, by recently former Australian driver Caede Ridgway came about as a result of Ridgeway s time behind the wheel, he says. The 29-year-old today lives in a town called Port Macquarie in the state of New South Wales on the East Coast of Australia.
Ridgway worked as a car mechanic for a time for going out to get Australia s equivalent to the CDL a few years back, he says. The first truck that I learned to drive in was a 1978 Volvo N10 with a 13-speed RoadRanger gearbox. I quickly learned how much old trucks with excessive steering play like to wander from left to right on the road, even when driving under 50 mph, or as we say in Australia, 80 kmph.
He drove a Freightliner FL112 tipper truck hauling wet concrete back and forth from a batch plant to a road paver to make a new section of local highway called the Oxley Highway, he says.
He writes songs and makes vids to share them in his spare time. Enjoy:
Cargo theft near-bust in ATL
Frequent commenter Gordon Alkire, an owner-operator out of Riley, Kan., wrote in with a tip following last week s cargo-theft reporting1 and prevention2 items (on a related note, I unearthed this linked 2010 feature by Max Kvidera on protecting yourself from thieves3 that you may find of interest if you haven t read it before or in recent memory).
As a deterrent to tractor theft, one of the means thieves use to get away with precious cargo, Alkire recommended the parking brake cuff by War-Lok, he wrote, when parked and leaving truck/trailer for any length of time. If companies and some drivers would invest in and use the many different security packages offered by them, lots of thefts would be stopped.
The War-Lok company also makes kingpin and gladhand locks, trailer-door locks and other devices4. Of the parking brake cuff (pictured), wrote Alkire, to get the cuff off without a key the thief will have to break the valves off, and that will render the truck immovable $150 to replace the valves is so much cheaper than losing the load. I use the cuff on my truck whether I am loaded or not, and even when bobtail. I park it and I install the cuff. Peace of mind is priceless, and I know I will still have a truck when I come out of the building at the truck stop, rest area or where I park it. They might steal the TV and CB, but not the truck.
As for a Tyson s load thieves in Atlanta attempted to boost over the weekend, the brake lock wouldn t have helped (they reportedly were attempting to pry open the trailer s doors to off-load the cargo directly5) but it s OK, police intervened before the thieves got very far, thanks to tips from drivers about thefts in the area. In the ensuing mess, one officer was hit by the criminals vehicle. Anybody with tips in the Atlanta area, read this story about it.6
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BC Trucking Association Seeks 25 Immigrant Truck Drivers to Pilot Test New Skills Assessment Tool
Langley, British Columbia The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has developed a new skills assessment tool called IDRIVE and is looking for 25 recent immigrants with professional truck-driving experience to participate in a pilot test to be scheduled in November or December 2013.
BCTA is working with BC motor carriers to find ways to address a shortage of professional drivers that could run as high as 33,000 across Canada by 2020, according to a Conference Board of Canada study1.
Immigrants to Canada are a valuable source of labour for the industry but may need help representing their skills to employers here, says Louise Yako, BCTA President & CEO. And BC employers need to know how driving experience from outside Canada rates in BC, where regulations, equipment, and geography may be quite different.
To assist, BCTA has partnered with the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table to develop a truck driver skill and experience assessment tool with input from motor carriers. IDRIVE stands for Immigrant Driver Readiness Industry Validation and Engagement, and it reviews the professional experience of drivers who are new to Canada, to provide them with a verified report on their readiness for employment in BC. IDRIVE tests industry knowledge, essential skills, employability characteristics (including customer service skills) and driving skills.
IDRIVE is made possible by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
We are pleased to support the BCTA s immigrant driver readiness tool that will help employers understand and benefit from the experience and skills of BC s immigrant labour pool, says Kelly Pollack, Executive Director of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC.
IDRIVE is now ready for a pilot test, and BCTA invites 25 immigrant drivers to participate, to make sure that both drivers and trucking industry employers can depend on its results. Assessments can take place throughout the province depending on where drivers are located.
Participants must not be employed currently in the trucking industry, but must live in BC and have a BC Class 1 commercial driver s licence or be willing to obtain one within the timeframe of the pilot project, which includes a road test. They must have at least one year of professional driving experience, here or in another country, read and write basic English, and be eligible to work in Canada, among a few other requirements.
In return, participants receive a copy of their IDRIVE assessment, and BCTA will work to connect them with motor carriers interested in the pilot and looking for drivers to hire.
Professional truck drivers keep our economy moving and tools like IDRIVE will help ensure we have the skilled drivers to keep the industry strong, and keep goods moving through B.C. and the rest of Canada, says Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. Congratulations to BCTA and its partners for this innovative idea.
The Volvo Trucks Southern Africa (VTSA) group was currently selling roughly 6 000 trucks in the region a year, with growth coming largely from outside South Africa, says MD Torbj rn Christensson.
Outside South Africa we think we can go from 500 trucks a year to 2 000 in a few years.
As part of its African expansion programme, the Swedish truck brand is mulling establishing an assembly plant in Kenya. This plant would produce trucks for a number of countries in East Africa.
VTSA also assembles trucks in South Africa.
Volvo Trucks is in 129 countries. We see a phenomenon where custom duties on imported trucks make it economically viable to have assembly plants in certain countries. We need to work around the custom duties, and the same is true in Kenya, Volvo Trucks president Claes Nilsson tells Engineering News Online.
In Africa we have assembly plants in Tunisia and Morocco too.
Nilsson says such assembly plants make sense in countries where Volvo Trucks has a reasonable market share .
With regards to the South African government working to increase the use of local parts on locally assembled trucks, Nilsson says Volvo Trucks was happy to increase the local content .
We, together with the car industry, often use some the same suppliers, so, over time, this is possible.
He adds that his company trusts in the long-term future of South Africa, and believes that short-term issues, such as labour instability, will be taken care of .
South Africa, like many other developing countries, has seen its ups and downs. We have been through valleys and troughs in Brazil and Russia too.
As for Africa, Nilsson says there exist real opportunities for economic growth in Africa, even though it is not happening yet.
It is obvious there will be development in Africa, the question is when.
However, he notes that it is important for Volvo Trucks to already be in the market when that growth arrives.
You need to choose your focus countries, and be established when the economic opportunities come.
Christensson emphasises that Volvo Trucks is in Southern Africa for the long-term, investing for the future .
We are growing in South Africa, but perhaps not as much as we would have wanted to. As a whole the region is doing well. We are committed to being a big player in this region.
Nilsson believes that Volvo Trucks new FH, FM, FMX ranges will serve to increase the brand s market share in Southern Africa.
With many improved features we hope to be more competitive in this market. There are many customers here who fit our profile, such as operators travelling long distances and carrying heavy loads.
THE NEW FH RANGE WITH I-SEE SOFTWAREThe Volvo FH range will be available in eight model variants in South Africa, including the FH16 700 hp 8×4 truck tractor.
Although the company is introducing Euro III variants as standard owing to current fuel quality and standards, Euro V and VI level variants are available on request.
The Volvo FH Euro III units will be assembled at VTSA s Durban plant, with the first units expected to be delivered in April.
The FH has been Volvo Trucks flagship model for almost 20 years. Since the launch of a new version of the FH in 1993, more than 650 000 units have been sold globally, and it accounts for more than 60% of Volvo Trucks total sales.
Inside the new FH, the steering wheel offers a neck-tilt function, a world-first in the truck world. Drivers can also enjoy an extra cubic metre of space.
Volvo Dynamic Steering sees an electric motor replacing the driver’s muscle power. At low speeds, a heavily laden vehicle can be maneuvered with a single finger.
The range also offers an optional wireless remote. With this remote control, the driver can stand outside the truck and adjust the air suspension, operate the tail lift and monitor the axle load of both the truck and trailer.
The FH uses Volvo s I-Shift 12-speed mechanical gearbox, which carries a 3% fuel saving potential.
I-Shift is always in the right gear for the situation at hand, making it extremely precise and cost-effective, says Christensson.
The range s new I-See function on the Euro V and VI models makes it possible to cut fuel consumption even further.
I-See is a software package for the I-Shift transmission. It stores information about hills as the truck drives along. The next time the truck uses the same route, I-See operates the accelerator, gears and brakes to ensure that progress is as economical as possible, explains Christensson. Thanks to I-See the fleet operator could cut fuel consumption by up to 5% per vehicle.
Other technology and equipment to save fleet owners costs includes a more energy efficient 24 V 120A alternator, an optional airflow package, engine idle shutdown and fast rear-axle ratios.
Active safety systems on the FH include optional functionalities such as Lane Keeping Support, Adaptive Cruise Control and Driver Alert Support (DAS).
DAS works by means of a video camera on the inside of the windscreen, which reads the road s centre and edge markings, and an on-board computer, which compares the driver s steering wheel movements with the road markings. When the driver starts weaving, DAS alerts the driver with an acoustic signal and by flashing an indication in the driver information display.
A new Front Under-run Protection System is designed to prevent a passenger car from becoming wedged under the truck in a frontal collision.
The new Volvo FH series is also the world’s first heavy truck with individual front suspension, which has long been fitted to passenger cars.
The new FH series uses remote online communication to connect the truck directly to the workshop.
“The workshop can remotely check the actual wear of various truck components via the computer. As a component approaches the end of its service life, the workshop can get in touch with the fleet owner well in advance to schedule a service when it is most convenient,” notes Christensson.
THE NEW FM/FMX RANGEThe FM and FMX (the FM s robust, go-anywhere version) use an I-Shift 12-speed mechanical gearbox without a clutch pedal. This automated non-synchromesh transmission is suitable for local distribution work, construction operations and regional, national and international long-haul duties.
While the FM/FMX range is in essence identical to the FH, there is one exception: the cab is lower, making it easier to get in and out of the truck. It means it is also suited for specialised tasks such as car transport, where part of the load can be placed above the cab.
The lower-placed cab means that interior space in the FM/FMX Series is less than in the FH. The cab is available in a day and sleeper-cab version.
Both the FM and FMX models can be fitted with Volvo s Dynamic Steering system.
In Southern Africa, the Volvo FM is available as a 4×2 truck-tractor, with sleeper cab, and is powered by a 13-litre diesel engine that delivers 400 hp.
Lower weight, new axle configurations, increased chassis flexibility and clear interfaces for bodybuilders, all allow the customer to tailor-make the perfect truck, says Christensson.
The Volvo FMX has specifically been developed to make driving in construction applications easier and safer, he adds.
In Southern Africa, The FMX Range is available in six model derivatives as 6×4 truck-tractors, an 8×4 rigid or a 6×4 rigid truck.
The FMX Series has two engine alternatives: the D13 with its 13-litre engine (power outputs range between 400 hp and 480 hp) and the 11-litre D11 engine (offering 370 hp).
The new FMX offers a redesigned cab interior and raised ground-clearance.
The new air suspension is tailor-made for construction work, and features automatic ride-height control, as well as ground clearance of 300 mm.
The shorter front overhang means that the approach angle has increased.
Inside the cab the steering wheel is equipped with integrated control buttons for multiple functions, including cruise control, phone and navigation.
The vehicle also feature a new electronic structure. Using a communication unit known as the Telematics Gateway, which is standard on the FM and FMX range, the truck is linked to the GSM network. This allows the workshop to monitor the vehicle s condition from afar, keeping a watch on brake and clutch wear, as well as the condition of the battery and air drier filter.
As part of Volvo s Telematic Gateway, FM and FMX fleet owners also have access to the Dynafleet app, which provides constant updates on the performance of trucks and drivers in commercial fleets wherever they are.
Volvo Action Service (VAS) on Call is another new feature that increases security for the driver. Inside the truck this new feature is visible through the VAS button in the instrument panel.
Press once and the system connects the truck to the VAS customer helpdesk. Information transmitted from the truck allows the driver to be connected to a coordinator who speaks the driver’s mother-tongue.
The coordinator receives direct information about the truck s exact location.
VAS can also transmit the truck s fault codes to a Volvo workshop. The fault codes allow the service technician to prepare whatever parts are needed, enabling the truck to return to operation as soon as possible.
Instead of needing to drive out to the truck, check it, drive back to the workshop for the right parts and then return with the necessary spares and tools, everything can be brought along on the very first trip. In this way, the VAS button cuts lead times and generates additional uptime, says Christensson.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter