New Scania Australia boss, Manfred Streit has taken aim at some of Australia’s  unique  vehicle  specification  rules,  saying that some of the regs  are holding back safety and efficiency for  the Australian truck industry.

The Scania MD was talking at a truck media  lunch briefing in Sydney where the Austrian revealed his life long love for trucks and his passion for  driving and road trips, revealing he will be taking his family on a 3000km holiday road trip in January to discover more  about  their new adopted country.

Since arriving in Australia in August to take up his post, Streit has been around the country getting to know the Scania  business in Australia and cites the vast distances, high weights and limitations  the government  places on trucks as the three major challenges for a truck maker  here.

“The 2.5 metre truck width rule  is the one that  I just don’t understand,” said Streit.

“I believe it is a factor that is holding up the move to greener trucks stopping some of the most advanced trucks in the world from being able to be sold here, and it is hard to understand, because Australia  is advanced  in so many areas , but not in terms of advanced trucks on our roads,” he added.

Streit said that  while  the Scania  has only just started rolling out its  first electric truck and he believes that zero emission will one day be the dominant culture on our roads, he is realistic enough to know  that the provision of electric infrastructure and the cost will limit  the speed of the the rollout of electric trucks, which is why he believes  there should be more incentive  to get older diesel trucks off Australian roads.

“There  is no pathway to get those older trucks  out of the system, it is difficult to go  from say Euro 0  or Euro 1/2 straight to electric, but if more were operating  Euro 5 or Euro 6 tat would make a big benefit in term’s of emissions and efficiency,” Streit said.

“It would  help advance the industry to a more sustainable future and bridge the gap until  we are ready to take up electric trucks in due time,” he said.

Streit said that one of his goals was to get Scania to a double figure market share percentage in heavy duty, with the company currently sitting on 7.2 open cent year to date.

“It takes some time to understand the business and to set your goals, the first year you find out where the toilet is  but that’s about it, you can’t wave the  wand and change things in an instant, it takes time,” he said.

Scania will have a big year in 2023 with a number of new models set to be launched along with continued work to train and familiarise  its personnel for the arrival of electric.

It was Streit’s first meeting with Australia’s truck media and  he revealed that he is here on a minimum three year  contract, but hopes to be here longer.