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Transport Repairs Ltd Introduces the Wally Winder
Posted on 14-Apr-2018

South Island based 'Transport Repairs Limited' is just in the process of releasing the Wally Winder to the market. The strap winding device is the brainchild of a couple of Australian farmers who were sick and tired of winding straps by hand.

The Wally Winder winds a standard size cargo strap several times faster than it takes by hand. The creators also claim that it minimizes wear on straps and makes storing them safer and easier.

Transport Repairs says that the product "saves a lot of time and mess…the...

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Truck and Driver: Bryn Rees
Posted on 14-Apr-2018

Name: Bryn Rees
Age: 42
Location: Hamilton
Time in Road Transport: Since I was 18
Occupation: Workshop Manager
Current Employer: Diesel Mechanical

When did you get started in the road transport industry?

I've always been involved, my dad was a driver for a long time and he got me interested in driving trucks. I actually started driving properly when I was 18.

So you are mechanic now, you service only heavy vehicles?

We service a lot of different things, hea...

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Bits of Bollocks: Regional Fuel Tax
Posted on 07-Apr-2018

This week in bits of bollocks we will take a cross-section of the current debate around the intended Regional Fuel Tax that will be imposed on New Zealand in coming months and cut through the nonsense.

1. Fuel Excise is not a Tax

For the first misleading bit of bollocks in the regional fuel tax debate we look no further than the 'distinction' – or lack thereof - between excise and tax. Jacinda Ardern has argued aggressively in parliament and to the NZ media that the RFT is excise not tax. This is a distinction ...

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Is A Regional Fuel Tax the Right Answer?
Posted on 07-Apr-2018

A regional fuel tax will be nothing more than a stop gap measure to start funding Auckland's much needed road infrastructure upgrade, according to the National Road Carriers Association.

"It is only going to raise a small part of the funding needed," said the NRC's CEO, David Aitken. It is estimated the RFT will only provide $1.5 billion of the $10 billion needed in the next 10 years.

The nation's leading road transport organisation's members would be more prepared to pay road tolls or congestion charging to fund progr...

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March Registrations: Fuso Makes Impressive Comeback
Posted on 07-Apr-2018

Heavy Truck registrations are back in again for another month! A real highlight this month comes in the overall category, 4501 – MAX GVM.

Truck registrations are way up from February! With some very close competition going on between major players. Overall the market was only 20 trucks short of last year's total, down from 484 to 464 total registrations.

Fuso made a huge comeback in March after only 48 registrations in February they surged back with an impressive 100 registrations.

Isuzu and Fuso were nec...

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Safety Top Priority when Politically Viable
Posted on 07-Apr-2018

The government has stirred up yet another whirlwind debate in recent weeks, what to do about road safety, and as always speed, maintenance and trucks are at the epicentre.

The debate really kicked off after the International Transport Forum recommended that the speed limit on some of New Zealand's roads be reduced to 30km/h in built up areas and 70km/h on open roads without median barriers.

Ken Shirley, CEO of the Road Transport Forum, told RNZ, "I think 30 km/h is slow, the frustrations that would go with that...

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Shane Jones Announces Forgotten World Investment
Posted on 07-Apr-2018

Late last week the government announced that the Provincial Growth Fund, championed by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, will invest almost half-a-million dollars in exploring the value of State Highway 43.

The appraisal of the economic value that the road has to the Taranaki region could result in multi-million dollar upgrades to the road.

"Connecting Stratford with Taumarunui for about 149km, SH43 is an increasingly popular road trip for visitors," Shane Jones said.

"It is also an impo...

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Storm Smashes New Zealand Roads
Posted on 07-Apr-2018

A massive storm rocked the country Tuesday evening causing widespread damage to private and public property.

The winds gusted up to 213km/h in some areas halting air traffic, fueling fires and blasting trucks.

One truckie driving in Taranaki had a hard day on the job when he was slammed by a tornado. The video footage captured by the driver shows progressively worse weather including lightning storms and torrential rain until finally the driver unwittingly hits a tornado.

"It is an actual tornado!" he can be hear...

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