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Truckometer - A Dippy December
Posted on 16-Jan-2020

In December, the Light Traffic Index fell 2.0% month on month, while the Heavy Traffic fell 2.5% month on month, this is on top of a fall in November.

Annual growth in light traffic is still lifting but that of heavy traffic has now, according to the report, plateaued. It goes on to say that the Light Traffic Index is the better economic indicator of the two; it suggests annual GDP growth will bounce around the 2% mark into the middle of next year.

The two ANZ Truckometer indexes reflect economic activity. The L...

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Fuel Tax Passes Vote
Posted on 04-Jun-2018

Auckland councillors have voted to bring in an 11.5 cent-per-litre regional fuel tax to fund the government's contentious transport plan for Auckland City.

Following a heated debate, Councillors voted 13 to 7 in favour of the tax.

Today's debate on the proposed tax began with Mayor Phil Goff saying the consequences would be "inconceivable" if it was not introduced.

He said the government would likely walk away from an agreed programme of transport works if the tax was rejected.

However, many industr...

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Government to investigate Northland Rail
Posted on 04-Jun-2018

The potential for upgrading and expanding rail north of Auckland will be investigated, as part of a package targeting Northland's growth, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones have announced.

The business case will be investigated for both passenger and freight tasks according to a statement released by the New Zealand Government.

Along with general freight and passenger services Twyford reckons "It will also investigate whether the upgrade could include a new spur line to Marsden Point...

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KiwiRail Claims 5500 Truck Trips off the Road and onto Rail
Posted on 04-Jun-2018

The first train to travel on the Napier to Wairoa line in six years is the start of a plan aimed at eliminating 5,500 truck road journeys each year, says KiwiRail. However, some remain suspicious of this figure.

The first train to take freight on the reopened track to Eskdale started its trip with a Ratana brass band and official blessing in a ceremony at KiwiRail's Ahuriri depot yesterday morning.

The train was freighting a load of crushed rock to be used as ballast in the development of the track to Wairoa.


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New Management at Isuzu
Posted on 04-Jun-2018

Marc Ebolo has been announced as the new managing director of Isuzu Trucks and Holden New Zealand.

Ebolo will replace Kristian Aquilina, who has been asked to vacate his role at short notice after being appointed as Holden/Isuzu's Australasian marketing director in April.

Ebolo intends to focus on the New Zealand market saying in a statement, " As a business and as a brand, we have the opportunity to grow in New Zealand.

"New Zealand operations have experienced great success in the past few years and Marc's ...

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Progress on Roads, but Major Problems Remain in Gisborne
Posted on 04-Jun-2018

Contractors have pushed through the major slip on Arakihi Road, inland of Tolaga Bay to find another slip on West Ho Road. Arakihi, West Ho, Kiore and Rangikohua roads remain closed.

Tairawhiti Roads journey manager Helen Harris said this afternoon that the remaining roads are closed due to slips, debris, road scours, silt and sludge, a collapsed retaining wall, culverts jammed with debris, and bridges that still need assessing. Engineers are progressively assessing these bridges.

Tairaiwhiti Civil Defence Emergency manager ...

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Truck Driver Has Gone Viral for Showing a 4-Year-Old Cyclist Respect
Posted on 04-Jun-2018

In stark contrast to an article in last week's Road Torque showing a cyclist running a red light in front of oncoming trucks, A viral video has emerged of showing how respectful truck drivers can be of others on the road.

The video shows a truck driver in Scotland cutting a wide berth around a family of cyclists, earning him the immediate approval of the family's young daughter.

The video demonstrates how the relationship between cyclists and truck drivers can operate, mutual respect and recognition.


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Another Truckie Traumatized, Another Motorist at Fault
Posted on 28-May-2018

A truck driver has been left traumatized following a fatal accident involving a foreign national on the Hawke's Bay Expressway. The incident comes at a time when being safe around trucks has been forced into public awareness.

The incident occurred when the driver of a black Suzuki crossed the centreline into the path of a McCarthy Transport logging truck between Links Rd and Evenden Rd last Thursday morning. The driver of the Suzuki was killed instantly upon impact.

The incident comes just one week after a video was posted o...

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