News: Western Star driver just want to be liked

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Western Star truck fans are being shoulder tapped to amp up the iconic brand’s social media presence.

So Penske Commercial Vehicles – Western Star’s representative in Australia and New Zealand – is relaunching its Serious Truck Awards on Facebook.

As part of the new awards that commenced in early May, Western Star owners can now post photos of their truck to compete for online “likes”, with new categories announced every fortnight. Continue reading “Western Star driver just want to be liked” »

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News: Job done, beaming Dennis departs motorway project

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Dennis has done his dash. The bright yellow lifting gantry that drifted backwards and forwards across the Northwestern Motorway’s skyline has placed his last beam.

The bright yellow lifting gantry has placed the last of 277 super heavyweight concrete beams into position on the Great North Road Interchange that straddles State Highway 16 at Waterview.

“Dennis finished as it began – a faultless and precise performance combining engineering muscle and innovation to construct the interchange,” says the Transport Agency’s acting Highway Manager Mieszko Iwaskow. Continue reading “Job done, beaming Dennis departs motorway project” »

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News: Factory takes back Great Wall

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When the Great Wall factory first decided it wanted its brand back, the local distributor admits to being a bit shocked.

Ateco NZ chief executive David Smitherman says the company wasn’t looking to offload its brand Great Wall, but when the factory wants it back, there aren’t many options.

Ateco will relinquish the Great Wall brand to a Melbourne-based factory office, Great Wall Motors Australia, from July 1. All New Zealand and Australian dealers will do business through an Australian office. Continue reading “Factory takes back Great Wall” »

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News: Northland rollover seminars

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Those who talked up needs for Northland-centric education around truck and transport safety have been proven right.

Serious recent accidents had reignited calls to continually educate drivers – especially those imported from other areas to plug the gaps left by the chronic driver shortage about the unique dangers of Northland’s roads and forests.

Two seminars on rollover prevention in Whangarei showed a huge demand for on-going education, with 180 drivers, operators and forest owners attending. Continue reading “Northland rollover seminars” »

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News: ‘KiwiFail’ funding injection slammed by watchdog

kiwirail-turnaround-planSelf-appointed tax spend watchdogs, the Taxpayers’ Union have laid into the budget’s $190.2m capital injection for KiwiRail.

Union executive director Jordan Williams is unimpressed by the rail service’s ongoing funding.

“Another Budget another huge cheque from the taxpayer for KiwiRail,” says Williams. Continue reading “‘KiwiFail’ funding injection slammed by watchdog” »

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News: Govt on $350m transport spend-up

kiwiroadPouring a whopping $357.9m into ‘key’ transport projects shows the government’s commitment to economic growth and mobility, says transport minister Simon Bridges.

· Up to $115 million of new capital funding for roading projects in Gisborne, Marlborough and Taranaki, continuing the government’s accelerated regional roading programme.

· $40.9 million of new operating funding for the SuperGold card scheme over the next four years. Continue reading “Govt on $350m transport spend-up” »

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News: More double deckers on Auckland roads

double-decker_500x663More double decker buses are about to hit the roads and that means more seats on busy routes.

Auckland Transport’s Bus Services Manager Brendon Main says there will be 12 double deckers on the two runs with three more joining from the middle of June.

“This means 450 more seats for the peak morning and evening runs, an increase of 15%. Continue reading “More double deckers on Auckland roads” »

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News: Scania tests 5G truck-to-truck comms

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Scania is the first company to test Ericsson’s new 5G technology components, as the two companies join forces to explore transport communications using 5G networks.

The technology will feature prominently in trials of autonomous driving and connected vehicles. Three new mobile base stations have been installed at Scania’s R&D facility and the test network will be continuously updated with new technology as it is being developed.

Anders Ställberg, Scania’s project manager for city automation says: “The new test network with its 5G components allows for a high quality mobile network service, with low-latency and high bandwidth, where a lot of complex data can be transferred very quickly and very reliably – providing us with a ‘priority communications lane’ when it comes to projects such as autonomous driving and platooning.” Continue reading “Scania tests 5G truck-to-truck comms” »

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