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Auckland Transport Explores Hydrogen Refuelling Solutions
Posted on 18-Feb-2021

Auckland Transport (AT) and Hiringa Energy Limited are looking at trialling hydrogen powered bus services - using a hydrogen refuelling facility being developed in south Auckland.

Through the development of the Low Emission Bus Roadmap, Auckland Transport has identified hydrogen as a potential energy storage and fuel for Auckland’s future low emission public transport fleet.

AT has been assessing hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) bus options to support the transition to zero emission buses and is a key partner of the hydrogen demonstra...

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Canterbury Mayoral Forum And Regional Transport Committee Freight Tour
Posted on 18-Feb-2021

A lowering of COVID-19 alert levels has allowed the Canterbury Mayoral Forum and Regional Transport Committee to undertake its planned two-day freight tour of Canterbury today and tomorrow.

The Forum and Committee will visit Christchurch International Airport, Lyttelton Port, Move Logistics, and PrimePort Timaru this month. While in Timaru, the group will use Timaru’s new on-demand public transport system, MyWay. Health and safety measures appropriate to the alert level have been put in place at each stop.

The intention of the...

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Lead role for FUSO eCanter in NZ’s transition to zero-emission transport
Posted on 18-Feb-2021

Six FUSO eCanters have been awarded subsidies from Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s Low Emission Vehicle Contestable Fund. Five units are to be deployed in Auckland Transport’s Queen Street Valley Zero Emissions Area trial. FUSO eCanter is 100% electric, near-silent and employs fully integrated advanced safety systems.

Fuso New Zealand’s industry-leading FUSO eCanter has received a vote of confidence from the Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

The Mi...

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NZ’s International Airfreight Capacity Scheme Extended to end of April 2021
Posted on 18-Feb-2021

The Government has agreed to extend the IAFC scheme to the end of April 2021. Phase 2 of the IAFC scheme was originally scheduled to the end of March 2021. The one month extension gives businesses that rely on airfreight and airlines stability as the Government reviews its support for international air connectivity during the COVID-19 recovery.

Funding for the extension will be provided under the original IAFC funding appropriation. Since it was established in May 2020, the scheme has supported over 4,800 flights in and out of New Z...

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Plan Proposes $8 Billion Investment In Waikato Transport System
Posted on 18-Feb-2021

A plan that proposes an $8 billion investment in the Waikato region’s land transport system has today been signed off for public consultation.

Developed by the Regional Transport Committee, the plan sets out how the region’s land transport system will be developed over the next 30 years.

“This plan will position the region well to make the transformative changes that are needed to provide for our growing and diverse communities,” said Waikato regional councillor and committee chair Hugh Vercoe.

“Ultimately, the committee...

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Showing our Appreciation - NRC
Posted on 18-Feb-2021

Next week (Covid-19 dependent) is the start of the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week where our countries drivers are shown how much they are appreciated and keep the country moving.

Several companies are going above and beyond showing their appreciation as well driver rest stops planned at locations throughout NZ.

NRC are on board supporting our members and drivers by way of Coffee/BBQ events and giving away goodie bags along.

Our team will be at the following locations:

Taranaki weighbridge - SH3 / 3 A Junct...

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Sleeker, smarter Kenworth T680 Next Generation launches in the US
Posted on 18-Feb-2021

Sets New Standard for Excellence with Superior Fuel Efficiency, Performance and Comfort.

Kenworth launched the new Kenworth T680 Next Generation on-highway flagship during a virtual introduction today. The T680 Next Gen establishes a powerful new industry standard, and significantly expands upon the success of the classic Kenworth T680.

The Kenworth T680 Next Gen offers technology advancements, including an innovative 15-inch Digital Display, Next Gen SmartWheel®, fully LED headlamps, under-the-vehicle airflow management, addi...

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Time to show truck drivers some appreciation
Posted on 18-Feb-2021

This week we have seen once again, the contribution truck drivers make to New Zealand.

Through natural disasters, pandemics, Covid-19 level changes and lockdowns, and all weathers, truck drivers keep delivering the essentials New Zealanders need to live on a daily basis. 

As with the Level 3 lockdown of Auckland in August last year, this week’s move to Level 3 in Auckland again presented many challenges for trucking operators and their drivers with lengthy delays at some road blocks.

 So it seems particularly ...

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