News: Greens transport policy disregards reality says RTF

Ken-hr-3Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley has dismissed the Green Party’s transport policy released today as “naïve and in complete disregard of the realities of the New Zealand freight task.”

“It is disappointing that the Greens are yearning to go back to the bad old days of when ideology dictated the movement of freight. It was crippling to the New Zealand economy then, and it would be again,” says Shirley.

“The flexibility and timeliness of road freight are impossible to match through any other transport mode. Trucks are the only way to reach most farms, factories, supermarkets or homes and can do so at any time of the day and when the customer demands it,” he says. Continue reading “Greens transport policy disregards reality says RTF” »

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News: Interim MTA boss made permanent

Craig Pomare

Craig Pomare

The Motor Trade Association has hired from within for its new chief executive.

Acting chief executive Craig Pomare has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis.

Pomare will assume responsibility immediately, succeeding Warwick Quinn who recently left MTA to lead the BCITO. Continue reading “Interim MTA boss made permanent” »

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News: Reviewing EECA approach to heavy vehicle sector

This story first appeared in the May issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Reviewing EECA approach to heavy vehicle sector  PICThe heavy vehicle sector is the second largest source of fuel demand after light vehicles, and has a high rate of fuel consumption per vehicle. The combined fuel burn of road transport (light and heavy vehicles) is responsible for more than 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.

That’s why the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) launched its Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme in 2012.

It takes leadership and drive for a freight (or bus) company to implement the programme, and fully embed it into a business, particularly in an industry characterised by low profit margins, a shortage of drivers, and very time-poor business managers. Continue reading “Reviewing EECA approach to heavy vehicle sector” »

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News: New documents show road only harbour crossing

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Generation Zero says it is outraged to see that a road only connection is being progressed for the new Auckland Waitemata Harbour crossing, in new documents released by Transport Blog, rather than a crossing that has both a road and rail connection. Continue reading “New documents show road only harbour crossing” »

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News: Faster action vital for Grafton Gully

This story first appeared in the May issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Faster action vital for Grafton Gully  PicEvery working day around 4100 heavy trucks travel down Grafton Gully, heading to and from Ports of Auckland in the central city. That’s approximately 170 large trucks per hour travelling along Stanley St and The Strand to service the Port’s 24/7 operation.

But for Aucklanders concerned about the slow progress to improve one of the most heavily congested corridors in the central city – Stanley St and The Strand – that’s barely 10% of the problem.

By far the largest user and contributor to congestion in Grafton Gully are the nearly 40,000 vehicles – mainly commuters – travelling along Tamaki Drive to and from eastern seaside suburbs (Mission Bay, St Heliers) to link into the motorway at Grafton Gully for getting to west Auckland or North Shore destinations. Continue reading “Faster action vital for Grafton Gully” »

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News: Genter launching Green’s anti-truck policy at Railway Station

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Green Party MP and transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter is launching a new transportation policy with party co-leader James Shaw at Wellington Railway station today at noon. Representatives from Rail and Maritime unions will be present according to NZN. Continue reading “Genter launching Green’s anti-truck policy at Railway Station” »

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News: Kiwi amphitruck heading for disaster

humdingerHe made his name when he sold Virgin boss Richard Branson an MX5-based amphibious car called Aquada – now Alan Gibbs reckons his ‘amphitruck’ could revolutionise disaster relief.

That first machine was born on the Kaipara – but its big, big brother took to a far more high-profile piece of water last Friday…the River Thames.

Gibbs – now based in the UK – spent 15 years developing ‘Humdinga,’ a massive, three-tonne beast with promise in a number of applications, but most importantly, saving lives. Continue reading “Kiwi amphitruck heading for disaster” »

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News: Michael Doeg appointed GM Hino Distributors NZ Ltd

DSC_0015-e1463965411243Sime Darby Motor Group New Zealand is appointing Michael Doeg to the position of General Manager – Hino Distributors (NZ) Ltd, replacing Ray Roberts who left the company earlier this year.

The former sales and marketing manager for Isuzu Trucks New Zealand, Doeg will be based at the Hino Distributors office in Vestey Drive, Mount Wellington, but will divide his time between the company branches in Auckland and Palmerston North.

He has more than 20 years experience in the automotive sector. Prior to his role with Isuzu Trucks, Doeg was the GM Holden New Zealand national sales and operations manager, and he has also worked in vehicle retail sales roles for Mazda, Nissan, and Subaru. Continue reading “Michael Doeg appointed GM Hino Distributors NZ Ltd” »

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