Road Transport Forum News


At the end of January, the Climate Change Commission released its draft report on how New Zealand can achieve our commitment to reach net zero emissions of long-lived gases, and significantly reduce biogenic methane emissions by 2050.

The challenges for NZ are clearly laid out in the report – further steps must be taken over the next few decades to align our actions with our emission reduction targets.

“For the heavy transport industry however, things aren’t that simple. The industry cannot accept the development of policy on a wing and a prayer. It can’t proceed into a future where the technology that powers its vehicles is imagined, rather than real,” says Road Transport...

Road Transport Forum News - April 2021

On the back of the news that the Road Transport Forum Conference is back in 2021, the RTF is also pleased to announce the return of the New Zealand Road Transport Industry Awards. 

The awards were set up a number of years ago to recognise best practice and achievement in the industry. They are a way of honouring individuals, organisations and companies that have gone above and beyond industry requirements in raising skills, safety practices, knowledge, training, industry awareness, innovation and expertise.

As well as the Supreme Contribution to the Road Transport Industry Award, there will also be awards for health and safety, the Young Driver of the Year and for the...

Road Transport Forum News - April 2021

As trucks get “fitter” – smarter, more fuel-efficient, more aerodynamic etc – the fitness of the person behind the wheel comes under increasing scrutiny. 

In the United States, for instance, there is a new emphasis within transport companies on both equipment efficiency AND driver health.

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency is about to undergo a review of the Medical Aspects of Fitness to Drive publication. Considerable advances in medical treatments have occurred since Fitness to Drive was last reviewed, and things such as medicinal cannabis or fatigue may also need to be taken into consideration this time.

While the Road Transport Forum and member associa...

Road Transport Forum News - April 2021

The Road Transport Forum has long advocated for roadside drug testing and I am pleased that, finally, this could be the year it becomes a reality.

While the time it has taken for a testing regime to come about is frustrating, legislation introduced in 2020 should be in place this year, giving police the power to conduct random roadside saliva-based testing of drivers they suspect are under the influence of drugs.

From its establishment, the RTF has had a zero-tolerance policy on illegal drug use in the transport industry. I’m encouraged by the fact the majority of operators support our position and regularly carry out drug testing of their staff. It’s time all motorists we...

Road Transport Forum News - April 2021

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