News: Leave National Land Transport Fund alone: Shirley

Ken Shirley

The National Land Transport Fund must remain ring-fenced for roading projects, Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley says.

The fund is paid for by road users through petrol excise and road user charges.

Shirley says the future integrity of the fund is under threat after Labour’s Mt Albert by-election candidate Jacinda Ardern made comments in a debate suggesting it could be used to help pay for the costs associated with other transport modes. Continue reading “Leave National Land Transport Fund alone: Shirley” »

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News: First EV motorhome ready by end of year

Campervan rental company Tourism Holdings expects to have the country’s first electric motorhome ready for a “show and tell” by the end of this year, according to NBR.

Chief executive Grant Webster says the electric motorhome is still in the trial phase, with a chassis arriving from an as-yet unnamed manufacturer in the next few weeks that its design team will then modify.

Having a product that is consumer ready and available to rent is some time away but THL hopes to have something on the road and operational later this year. Continue reading “First EV motorhome ready by end of year” »

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News: Mercedes-Benz Trucks recognises top dealers

Auckland truck dealership Trucks and Trailers has narrowly missed out on a top prize at Mercedes-Benz Trucks Dealer of the Year awards in Melbourne.

It was named Metro Dealer of the Year runner up, with Daimler Trucks in Huntingwood, Sydney taking out the top prize.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks, which has just introduced a new-generation Actros truck range, held a glittering ceremony at the Glasshouse venue, celebrating its best dealership staff. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz Trucks recognises top dealers” »

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News: InterCity passengers enjoy extra comfort

Travellers on InterCity’s direct bus service between Hamilton and Auckland Airport can now get an extra taste of comfort on the road.

Two new InterCity Gold buses are now operating on the route, offering the choice of standard seats or premium Gold seats.

The Gold seats offer large soft leather recliners with individual charge ports and power outlets. Continue reading “InterCity passengers enjoy extra comfort” »

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News: Mercedes Benz Urban e-Truck gets limited global release

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world´s first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market, but only 20 units will be available in 2017.

Following the presentation of the Urban eTruck -with a range of up to 200 km – at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in 2016, the first vehicles will be delivered to customers this year.

The Urban eTruck will initially go in a low two-figure number of units to customers in Germany – and later in Europe too. It will be tested in real transportation applications there. Continue reading “Mercedes Benz Urban e-Truck gets limited global release” »

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News: Labour proposing Gisborne prefab housing factory

Labour says investing up to $20 million in a prefabricated house plant and associated infrastructure such as the port and road network will grow Gisborne’s economy and make its people better off.

“The plant will directly employ dozens of locals in high skill jobs and contribute to additional employment throughout the Gisborne community,” says Labour.

It says the Gisborne region is producing massive amounts of wood, most of which are sent overseas as raw logs. Adding value by processing the wood is carried out overseas, whereas it could be done locally creating jobs and wealth for the region. Continue reading “Labour proposing Gisborne prefab housing factory” »

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News: Profitable Auckland Airport’s traffic concerns

Auckland Airport says its 22.5% increase in profit for the first half of the 2017 fiscal year reflects continued growth in tourism to New Zealand.

But the company says that improving land transport access to Auckland Airport must remain a priority for central and local government transport agencies as the number of international airlines using the airfield has increased by 50% in 18 months.

The board chair of Auckland Airport Sir Henry van der Hayden says the ongoing growth is putting additional pressure on the city’s transport network. Continue reading “Profitable Auckland Airport’s traffic concerns” »

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News: Ramp signals at Waterview optimising traffic flow

Ramp signals will help to regulate traffic flow on both ramps leading in the Waterview Tunnel and the eastbound ramp out of the tunnel when it opens in April.

“They will only operate when there’s a need to optimise traffic flow, that could, in reality, mean they are infrequently used,” says NZTA Auckland highway manager Brett Gliddon.

“We don’t expect this to lead to significant queues and headlines suggesting the ramp signals will create gridlock are misleading,” he says. Continue reading “Ramp signals at Waterview optimising traffic flow” »

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