The 2015 Brisbane Truck Show comes to an exciting close

On May 17, the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show closed its doors after a noteworthy four-day event.

The show was not only frequented by those in the trucking industry - though they were many professionals present - but all sorts of fleet managers looking for ways to improve their business capabilities.

In total, 12,000 eager attendees visited the show, and many surely left with plenty of food for thought. We take a look at three things that were on show in the Queensland capital.

1) Driver health and safety

It wasn't just innovative ways to improve transport and logistics that brought the show to life, this year's offering focused around the theme of driver health and safety.

A 'health tune-up' area provided drivers with a free check-up by doctors, while industry professionals outlined some ways to help those who spend much of their day sat in a car seat to lead healthier lives.

Speaking before the event, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke about the purpose of the feature.

"For the first time ever, the Brisbane Truck Show will feature a health tune-up centre where people in the industry, particularly men between 30 to 60 years of age, can receive advice and assistance on their future health risks," she explained.

Fleet managers will now be able to take the lessons learnt to improve their own company's health, safety and wellbeing standards.

2) Apprentices find time to shine

It's good to know that there are plenty of highly capable mechanics working through the ranks and helping to keep our fleets on the road. That was proven with The Apprentice Challenge held at the event.

Six teams, each with two apprentices, battled it out by trying to be the first to identify the mechanical faults placed on identical trucks.

With fleet maintenance such an important issue, and Australia's automotive industry going through stormy waters recently, it was a good way to demonstrate the eager young talent that will make the mechanics of tomorrow.

3) New innovations

As always with such large exhibitions, original equipment manufacturers see it as a time to show off their latest innovations to visiting fleet operators - some of whom cross the country to attend.

Everything from autonomous technology to the latest vehicle body designs were on show, naturally in the trucking sector. However, many of these technologies are widely found in smaller commercial vehicles, meaning it wasn't just trucking fleets that benefited from having a browse.

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