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Rail plan robs Peter to pay Paul
Posted on 07-May-2021

The Government’s new plan to fund rail from the money we pay for roads is robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Yesterday, with much fanfare, the Government released The New Zealand Rail Plan. The original plan was to release the document in August 2020, according to the Cabinet paper released with it, and:

“The Rail Plan does not provide a definitive list of inves...

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Submitters ignored as immigration law rushed
Posted on 07-May-2021

It was disappointing, but not surprising, to see the Government ignore submissions and continue with its emergency immigration powers, says Road Transport Forum (RTF) chief executive Nick Leggett.

“This Government is anti-immigration and Covid-19 has provided the perfect setting for its agenda,” Leggett says. “There is a misguided view that the Government can shut us off from the rest of the world and that there are enough New Zealanders willing and able to do all the work that needs to be done.”

The RTF was one of 168 submitt...

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Australian first head-protecting airbag for Freightliner Cascadia
Posted on 06-May-2021

Freightliner Australia will introduce a head-protecting side airbag on the Cascadia heavy duty truck late this year, further extending its safety leadership in the conventional truck class.

The Cascadia is still the only bonneted truck in Australia to be fitted with a steering wheel mounted airbag. It will also become the only manufacturer to offer a head-protecting side airbag in a bonneted truck in Australia.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, says Daimler is excited to further advan...

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Isuzu stays top for April as truck registrations near 2019 record
Posted on 06-May-2021

With Covid-19 lockdown well in place for NZ last year, April 2020 saw just 89 total registrations and 1134 YTD, making it hard to compare YOY, however, it seems that New Zealand is now back to some sort of normality and so are the registration figures. 

The New Zealand new truck market saw 382 registrations for the month of April just 18 registrations shy of the record breaking 2019 April registrations of 400 trucks with a GVM of 4.5 tonnes or more, (according to official NZ Transport Agency data), while the YTD total is 11.7% ...

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Mercedes-Benz launches 5 NZ trucks for Level 2 automation validation program
Posted on 06-May-2021

Mercedes-Benz Trucks will launch an Australian and New Zealand validation program for an Actros that can help steer itself at next week’s Brisbane Truck Show.

The Active Drive Assist technology enables SAE Level 2 partially automated driving capability; a first for New Zealand heavy trucks.

The Mercedes-Benz Trucks validation program will consist of 20 trucks, including five units in New Zealand and 15 units in Australia. The trucks will operate with a wide range of customer fleets, clocking up substantial kilometres on variou...

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MITO Launches new commercial road transport micro-credentials
Posted on 06-May-2021

Three new commercial road transport micro-credentials are now available to individuals working in the commercial road freight transport industry. The NZQA-approved micro-credentials are designed to recognise specific skills and knowledge required by current or aspiring truck drivers.

“The road transport industry has a significant workforce shortage. We’ve worked with industry representatives to develop a suite of micro-credentials to support new talent transition to the industry and to continue to grow their skills, staircasing to f...

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New Mack Trucks Aus VP Appointed
Posted on 06-May-2021

Volvo Group Australia is pleased to announce that Tom Chapman has been appointed Vice President of Mack Trucks Australia.

Since 2015, Tom has played a variety of roles in the Volvo Group of Australia, from marketing and communications to supporting the VGA retail network, which more recently works in the role of branded commercial support.

Martin Merrick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo Group Australia, said:

“Tom’s willingness, enthusiasm for the Mack brand, and commitment to customer success puts Tom in ...

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Queen St Changes Make Goods Delivery Unsafe, Difficult
Posted on 06-May-2021

Proposed roading layout changes to Queen Street will make freight and courier deliveries to downtown retail and office businesses more difficult and unsafe says National Road Carriers Association (NRC) spokesman Chris Carr.

Auckland Transport has proposed changes to the way vehicles use Queen Street including the northbound lane on Queen Street between Shortland Street and Customs Street becoming a bus lane at peak times between 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm. Delivery vehicles must use the southbound lane at these times. Full-time bus lanes ...

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