News: Survey reveals inadequacy of truck licensing system

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A regional labour market survey in South Canterbury is finding that licensing constraints are restricting transport businesses employing school leavers and tertiary graduates.

Stuff is reporting that a lack of trained younger drivers adequately licensed to drive heavy vehicles is threatening the region’s transportation industry, and it’s clientele.

South Canterbury is identified as having one of the biggest demands for transport nationwide, and yet in the surveyed companies, the average age for class five licensed drivers is 57. Continue reading “Survey reveals inadequacy of truck licensing system” »

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News: Containers and logs increase CentrePort’s revenue and profit

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Increased container and log traffic sees CentrePort announcing a net profit after tax of $17.9 million for the year to 30 June 2016, up $3.9 million on last year.

The company says the result comes from increasing trade, a positive earning performance, and the outcome of a property revaluation.

Port revenue was up 10% to $73 million. Container trade was up 23% to 132,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units), and log trade increased 19% to 1.04 million JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard). Continue reading “Containers and logs increase CentrePort’s revenue and profit” »

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News: SH 25 heavy traffic slip solution found 

nztaa-1NZ Transport Agency contractors are starting a complex operation on State Highway 25, just south of Coromandel town, allowing heavy vehicles to use an area affected by a slip below the road.

The subsidence occurred on August 10 restricting traffic to a single lane and excluded trucks because the site is currently unstable.

NZTA regional performance manager Karen Boyt says geotechnical reports and a lot of planning has been undertaken to find a solution. Continue reading “SH 25 heavy traffic slip solution found ” »

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News: Seven ways to make your workplace safer

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The Health and Safety at Work Act came into force on April 4, 2016. EROAD’s legal expert Mark Heine, has spent the last year developing his company’s health and safety policy. Here are his top tips for complying with the new law.

Health and safety isn’t an add-on

Health and safety is central to your business. It should be obvious, but it’s not always something companies think about. Quite apart from the fact that keeping your team physically and mentally healthy is the right thing to do, it’s also good for your bottom line. It increases staff satisfaction and helps increase productivity and retention rates. That’s why we built safety into our company values framework: nothing should come before the safety of your people. Continue reading “Seven ways to make your workplace safer” »

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News: Infrastructure giant sees 36% gain in revenue 

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McConnell Dowell Constructors is posting a 36% increase in full-year revenue on the back of winning two major infrastructure contracts in New Zealand.

BusinessDesk is reporting that financial statements it received reveal McConnell Dowell’s revenue rose to $278.7 million in the 12 months ended June 30 from about $205 million a year earlier.

Operating expenses increased 35% to $273 million, and net profit climbed to $6.1 million from $2.5 million.  Continue reading “Infrastructure giant sees 36% gain in revenue ” »

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News: Rough desert conditions don’t bother Cat fleet

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A fleet of four Cat Trucks has proven a robust choice for an earthmoving operator based in South Australia’s Strzelecki Desert.

The four CT630LS model Cat Trucks never see a sealed road and are often in a different applications day after day, from supporting construction to heavy machinery float work, and livestock haulage.

The Dunn’s Earthmoving fleet is based deep in the Strzelecki Desert, not far from Moomba, South Australia, and owner Neil Dunn reckons the Cat Trucks have easily won driver acceptance. Continue reading “Rough desert conditions don’t bother Cat fleet” »

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News: Reducing rural crash severity on State Highway 16

rumble-stripsA project is under way to improve safety for road users on a stretch of rural State Highway 16 between Brigham Creek and Waimauku in Auckland.

The NZ Transport Agency is starting investigations to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from crashes on the route.

”We’re looking at ways to make State Highway 16 and its roadside more forgiving of human error, which will reduce the risk of crashes happening and limit the severity when they do,” says NZTA Auckland and Northland highway manager, Brett Gliddon. Continue reading “Reducing rural crash severity on State Highway 16” »

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News: One-stop transport parts shop

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One-stop transport parts shop PICA family-owned and on-site–managed business based in Hornby, Christchurch, CTS (Commercial Transport Spares) is an independent supplier of parts for heavy commercial trucks, buses and trailers.

The company specialises in replacement parts for braking systems and steering and suspension systems, along with driveline, lighting, electrical, exhaust and a wide range of heavy-transport accessories. It also provides trailer OEM EBS sales and support for Knorr-Bremse and Bendix air-braking systems.

Originally founded as Canterbury Transport Engineering in Sydenham in the 1970s, the company’s core focus was initially on building heavy trailers. Continue reading “One-stop transport parts shop” »

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