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ATA and PACCAR unveil innovative industry vehicle

13 May 2021
A game-changing industry resource has been unveiled at the Brisbane Truck Show today, the product of a strong collaboration between PACCAR Australia and the Australian Trucking Association. 
The first of its kind in Australia, the custom-built vehicle is a multi-purpose resource that will connect, educate, support, and promote the trucking industry. The flexible-use vehicle is available for organisations and associations to use in support of industry initiatives. 
“This vehicle will service industry in many ways through high-impact engagement initiatives at on-site events, industry activations, conferences, or at the roadside,” ATA Chair David Smith said. 
“Harnessing its multi-purpose utility, the vehicle will have the capacity to deliver outdoor presentations, on-site health checks, host regional meetings, act as a media hub or serve as a support centre that responds to industry needs in times of crisis,” he said. 
PACCAR Australia Managing Director Andrew Hadjikakou said the DAF LF260 features a customised body that was built at the Brimarco factory in Ballarat and includes a flexible work, meeting, and media space, as well as audio-visual capabilities for external presentations, all powered by a Cummins generator. 
“This vehicle showcases the latest technology and safety features our vehicles have to offer,” Mr Hadjikakou said. 
“Built to the highest standards, we know this vehicle will deliver maximum comfort, control, safety and flexibility for our industry users,” he said.  
PACCAR and the ATA were excited to announce that one of the first organisations to utilise the vehicle is the not-for-profit industry foundation Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds. 
“Under this exciting partnership, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds together with OzHelp’s driver wellbeing program Health in Gear will use the vehicle to deliver free ‘Truckie Tune Ups’ at the Brisbane Truck Show this week, ahead of a wider industry program that will roll out soon,” Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds CEO Naomi Frauenfelder said.  
The ‘Truckie Tune Up’ is a comprehensive health check that measures general physical and mental health, cholesterol, blood pressure, height, weight, sleep, exercise, and diet. Health measures are taken by a nurse and a trained support officer. 
“This industry asset is invaluable as it allows us to reach communities and businesses across the country to deliver support, resources and tools that promote better mental health and wellbeing outcomes,” Ms Frauenfelder said. 
Mr Hadjikakou said the opportunities for the vehicle were endless. 
“Our partnership with Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds and OzHelp’s Health in Gear program is just one of the many ways this vehicle can service our industry,” he said.  
“We are thrilled to unveil this unique and innovative vehicle and look forward to seeing what can be achieved through its activities in years to come,” he said.