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					                                         Weekly Times                                           Brief: NTC
                                         Wednesday 29/4/2009
                                         Page: 37
                                         Section: General News
                                         Region: VIC Circulation: 70,400
                                         Type: Rural
                                         Size: 406.43 sq.cms.
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Dog design collars a market niche
By MARK SAUNDERS

A NEW truck and trailer design try can bring forward ideas that may quad-dog design.
could dramatically increase the effi- achieve higher productivity and bet-     "We utilise the latest and safest
ciency of the popular "truck and ter safety through innovative vehicle components, including SAF Holland
dog" combination used by many design.                                       intra-disc air suspension, ABC elec-
transport companies around Austra-      Applications made to PBS do not tronic braking systems, Jost ballrace
lia.                                  necessarily have to fit the conven- turntables and hoists, Alcoa Durab-
   The new truck-and-dog trailer is tional heavy-vehicle regulations that rite rims, Caniilleri and Razor tarping
the result of collaboration between are dominated by vehicle mass and equipment and Hella LED lighting,"
Gorski Engineering, of Somerton, dimension.                                 Ken said.
CMV Volvo, of Laverton, and Car-        The applications are, however,         Other requirements of the PBS
tage Australia, of Sunshine.
                                      subject to stringent quality controls permit include the trucks must be a
   The three parties have been work- and inspections and must be ap- Volvo 480 with a Euro Four category
ing together for about 12 months to proved and certified by VicRoads engine or a motor that complies with
improve the efficiency of the truck-                                        the ADR80/01 standard.
and-dog combination and were re- and the National Transport Commis-
cently granted Performance Based sion.                                     The truck and trailer must also
Standards approval for a truck and    Obtaining the PBS permit is a big comply with the higher mass limits
four-axle trailer, also known as a step forward for transport, according routes network.
quad dog.                          Ray Cauchi, managing director of        For more details, contact Gorski
  The new quad-dog design has an Cartage Australia.                      Engineering on (03) 9308 5433.
approved VicRoads mass limit of 54     "We run 11 quad-dog set-ups now
tonnes, which is up four tonnes on a with Volvo FM480 prime movers
standard truck-and-dog design.       and Gorski trailers and the increased
   The new weight limit also matches weight means we can be more
the capability of the standard 19m efficient and keep costs down for our
B-Double truck and trailer.          customers," Ray said.
   Gorski Engineering says there are   "And, better still, it's the safest
many benefits of the new design, system on the market.
including a reduced initial outlay    "There are no short cuts, from
compared to a B-Double, low tare ABS braking to anti-roll niecha-
weight, no need for special driver nisms. It's the best undercarriage
training and a superior swept path of available to keep the truck and trailer
a B-Double.
                                      as safe as possible.
   The PBS permit obtained for the
truck and quad-dog set-up was part of    "It's all very well to have the extra
an application by CMV Volvo to weight but we are responsible to
VicRoads on behalf of Cartage make sure the vehicle can handle
Australia.                            properly, whether it's on the highway Fetching: a trucking industry collab-
   The PBS system is a fully accre- or in an emergency situation."          oration has set a new benchmark for
dited approach to alternative methods    Ken Gorski, founder of Gorski the truck and dog trailer combination
of heavy vehicle regulation.          Engineering, said only premium and design safety.
   Through PBS, the transport indus- equipment was used on the new




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