BTS21: Paccar, ATA reveal multi-purpose utility vehicle

Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds first to use the custom-built DAF LF260

BTS21: Paccar, ATA reveal multi-purpose utility vehicle
L-R: ATA CEO Andrew McKellar, ATA Chair David Smith, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds CEO Naomi Frauenfelder, PACCAR Australia MD Andrew Hadjikakou


Paccar Australia and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) have unveiled a new custom-built industry vehicle at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The multi-purpose DAF LF260 is available for organisations and associations to use in support of industry initiatives that connect, educate, support, and promote the trucking industry.

It features a flexible work, meeting, and media space, as well as audio-visual capabilities for external presentations.

"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 says. 

"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." 

Paccar Australia MD Andrew Hadjikakou says the DAF LF260 is powered by a Cummins generator and features a customised body that was built at the Brimarco factory in Ballarat. 

"This vehicle showcases the latest technology and safety features our vehicles have to offer," Hadjikakou says.

"Built to the highest standards, we know this vehicle will deliver maximum comfort, control, safety and flexibility for our industry users."

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 says. 

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," Frauenfelder says. 

Hadjikakou says 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," Hadjikakou says.

"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." 

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