Thales Group has announced that its key transport partner, Toll, has launched a new vehicle fleet worth $8 million.
The vehicles have been specifically designed for Thales’ requirements and feature new safety and security upgrades.
“This investment represents a significant advantage for our customer, in terms of safety on the road, and also the security of that product as well,” said Thales Director of EO Services, David Thompson.
“Our partnership with Thales goes back a long way, and they are a very important part of our business,” said Toll General Manager Mining – East Craig Nelson.
“One of the key focuses of our journey with Thales has been around safety.
“This fleet comes with state-of-the-art safety features right across from the driver’s cab through to the trailers,” he said.
Toll Senior Manager Explosive Services, Rex Whip, said Toll put a lot of time and effort into designing these trucks, especially with safety and security in mind.
“If I had to choose the top three devices fitted to these trucks it’d have to be the tyre pressure and heat monitors as fire is one of our greatest risks, our fatigue detection so we are able to monitor driver fatigue and use an off-vehicle monitoring system, and thirdly having cameras on the vehicle that are monitoring the driver activities, (forward) down the road and (to) the rear of the load,” he said. “From a security perspective this is very important to us.”
“One of the benefits of a long contract tenure is data,” said Thales Supply Chain Director, Greg Neal. “Toll have used the data they’ve received to provide input to the specifications of these vehicles, resulting in the new fleet carrying a host of digital features. They’re being innovative and driving improved safety, security and efficiency for Thales, which is ultimately received by our customers. “Their alignment with our ambitions is where real value is created in the partnership.”
Prime Mover Magazine has contacted Thales to learn more about the details of the $8 million fleet deal with Toll.
An outback trip in a semi-trailer with his father, the late Colin Fulwood, in 1968 at the age of 14, cemented Jeff Fulwood’s lifelong career as an outback truckie. For his tireless dedication to the industry, in 2017, Jeff was inducted into the Road Transport Hall of Fame at Alice Springs.