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Preparatory work for a long-awaited bypass of the Mt Messenger section of State Highway 3 in North Taranaki is expected to begin soon.

A March 30 High Court decision has cleared the way for the project which will replace the narrow and winding section of State Highway 3 with a new road to the east.

The bypass will run for approximately 6km between Uruti and Ahititi and will include two bridges of approximately 125m and 30m in length as well as a 235m tunnel near the highest point of the new route.

The most recent cost estimate for the project puts the work at $280 million. A 4.5 year construction period suggests the bypass could open in 2027 if work begins later this...

Aeolus Truck & Driver News - May 2022

The biggest new vehicle offering from Isuzu Trucks, the Giga C and E Series models, will debut with a suite of enhanced safety and product features when they go on sale in New Zealand later this year.

The list of new developments is highlighted by added safety features, an all-new cab design and a new cab option, as well as a new additional warranty cover.

“Key to the success and popularity of Isuzu Trucks is dependability, reliability as well as nationwide after-sales support and service,” said Dave Ballantyne, General Manager of Isuzu Trucks New Zealand.

“The new Giga models add to Isuzu Trucks proven reputation and will significantly enhance what we are able to of...

Aeolus Truck & Driver News - May 2022

As part of its temporary relief package aimed at alleviating the effects of fuel costs rises in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine, the Government is reducing the cost of Road User Charges (RUCs) by 36%.

The reduced rates come into effect from April 21 and will be in force until July 21. They have been calculated to offer savings equivalent to the fuel excise duty cut of 25 cents per litre already announced for petrol.

Anyone buying an RUC licence in the period will get it at the discount rate. Those who already have existing mileage paid for at the current rate can purchase a new licence from April 21 and any unused distance will be automatically credited, says Waka Kota...

Aeolus Truck & Driver News - May 2022

Royans Transport Accident Repairs have made another move to expand its network in New Zealand with the acquisition of Sievwright Auto and Powderline in Invercargill.

Sievwright Auto is an industry leader supplying abrasive blasting, panel beating, and paint services for heavy commercial vehicles and equipment. 

Powderline are also the local market leader in large scale powder coating with the second biggest powder coating oven in the country. They also offer Thermoplastic coating, a product that offers excellent protection against corrosion, wear and tear and chemical attack.

Operating from multiple facilities in Invercargill, the Sievwright Auto team has over 2...

Aeolus Truck & Driver News - June 2022

A deal to supply 110 VNR Electric Trucks to global logistics company Maersk ranks as the 

single largest commercial order to date for Volvo’s electric truck line-up.

The deal adds to a previous Maersk order of 16 vehicles of the same model. 

The order was placed by Performance Team, part of the Maersk Group, and adds up to mean a total of 126 such electric trucks will be in service for Performance Team. The first electric trucks will be in operation in the second quarter of 2022 and all 126 trucks are scheduled for deployment by the first quarter of 2023.

“Volvo Trucks is excited to continue collaborating with Maersk on its fleet sustainability goals ...

Aeolus Truck & Driver News - May 2022

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