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It's a dismal fact that incorrect or non-compliant load restraints can cause fatalities. The National Transport Commission together with the RTA (NSW) has compiled the Load Restraint Guide to assist drivers with mitigating the risk of carrying loads.
The Guide outlines essential, basic principles that all drivers, operators and anyone included in the chain of responsibility need to understand.
In most simple terms, loads need to be secured to prevent movement during any operation. According to the NTC, the restrained system used meet the below criteria:
There is minimal leeway for movement within loads, that are effectively contained within the sides of a vehicle or enclosure in the vehicle body, such as:
Method of load restraint must be capable of withstanding the forces that would result if the vehicle was subjected to each of the following, separately:
For more information about load restraints and to find out how to obtain a copy of the Load Restraint Guide, visit the National Transport Commission here.
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Isuzu Australia (IAL) has announced updates to its F-series heavy duty trucks, promising an increase in towing capacity combined with advanced technology and engineering features.
The moves see eight new models added to the FX range and an additional three to the FY range.
"With a range of wheelbases and suspension configurations in both model ranges, as well as the availability of the Allison 4430 automatic transmission in most models, Isuzu have responded to the demands of the market by ensuring the specification options are targeted to key heavy-duty applications," IAL says.
Some of the broad improvements include new coolant temperature gauges, relocated height sensors, uprated alternator, to 90A, and standardising tail lamp connectors and ABS connectors for towing across various models.
Other changes include the FYJ, FXZ, and FXY Auto Medium wheelbase models with drivelines specified for short distance construction applications, and the associated stop-start, low-speed driving.
Satellite navigation is now standard across all FX and FY models, with the package including "map updates and truck-centric information".
"Isuzu has chosen to maintain the competitive power and torque ratings of the popular 6UZ1-TC engine, even when fitted with an Allison automatic, by selecting the higher capacity HD Series transmission," IAL chief engineer, product strategy, Simon Humphries says.
"The result is superior performance, towing capacity and durability for Isuzu operators."
All FX 4x2 and 6x2 models now feature a 38,000kg GCM rating, regardless of transmission, while all FX 6x4 and FY 8x4 and 10x4 models have a standard GCM rating of 45,000kg.
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