News: Truck batteries again targeted in South Auckland

Nz_Police_Logo_Lockup_16179-xxxTruck batteries – alongside lawnmowers and other garden tools – are being targeted in the latest crime trends identified by Counties Manukau Police.

Over the past four months, over 600 batteries have been stolen from trucks and construction machinery across the District. These batteries retail between $300-$400 each and can weigh up to 30kg. The offenders are committing burglaries overnight which are sometimes resulting in 20-30 batteries being stolen at once.

Counties Manukau Central Area prevention manager inspector Bruce O’Brien says the theft of these items cause disruption and financial implications for businesses that are targeted. Continue reading “Truck batteries again targeted in South Auckland” »

News: RCNZ to hold workshops in May

rural_contractorsIn May Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) intends updating its members on changes in health and safety, transport and employment laws in a series of roadshows to be held around the country.

RCNZ chief executive Roger Parton says the roadshow presentation will cover off the proposed new health and safety legislation and regulations, the safer farms programme and codes of practice for using tractors and other self propelled agricultural vehicles and what these changes will mean for rural contractors.

“The presentation will cover all of these areas and much more, giving attendees an understanding of what this legislation will mean for each agricultural contractor,” says Parton. Continue reading “RCNZ to hold workshops in May” »

News: Triton gunning for bigger sales and market share


Mitsubishi Motors NZ (MMNZ) says it was New Zealand’s fastest-growing mainstream brand in 2014, and with Utes now accounting for 20% of all new vehicles, it predicts that sales of the all-new Triton will double to 2500 units in 2015.

One in five new vehicles sold in New Zealand is a ute, and MMNZ is aiming for 10% of the market in 2015 which it says should see around 25,000 units sold.

It has already wholesaled 900 units of the new Triton to its dealer network for delivery in the next three months. More than 116 units have been retailed since March 25 Continue reading “Triton gunning for bigger sales and market share” »

News: Initiative to collect refrigerant

Screen-Shot-2015-04-23-at-2.50Gas-supplier BOC – together with Recovery Trust and Patton Ltd is encouraging New Zealand businesses to think sustainably this year by safely disposing of their unwanted refrigerants.

Mechanical workshops and fleet operators are just some of the groups being trader

Jamie Burley, general manager, sales New Zealand, says the group is working to increase the number of regional collection points offered through the annual Refrigerant Recovery Program this year. Continue reading “Initiative to collect refrigerant” »

News: Taxpayer group question Gisborne rail

Screen-Shot-2015-04-23-at-2.43The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for not ruling out more money to prop up the Napier-Gisborne railway line.

Responding to today’s report in the Hawke’s Bay Today, Taxpayers’ Union executive director, Jordan Williams, says

“The Government has piled billions into rail over the last decade, and it can’t even get the national network to breakeven, “Williams says. “We are staggered that the Regional Council would risk even more money trying to breathe life into this black hole.” Continue reading “Taxpayer group question Gisborne rail” »

News: Queensland body calls for more truck crash avoidance technology


The Royal Auto Club Queensland (RACQ) has called for heavy trucks to be fitted more crash avoidance technology in a bid to reduce Australian road fatalities.

New research, conducted by Monash University Accident Research Centre, found Autonomous Emergency Braking technology could reduce the number of heavy vehicle crashes by up to 25%.

RACQ executive manager technical and safety policy Steve Spalding says more than 18% of Queensland road fatalities last year involved heavy freight vehicles. Continue reading “Queensland body calls for more truck crash avoidance technology” »

News: EROAD defends its position on IFTA solution

croppedimage160120_MichieB_2_20120628_159825309EROAD has defended it’s position on editorial statements regarding its fuel tax reporting service recently launched in the USA, which were published online by DIESELtalk on April 15.

In the article EROAD said it had launched the first automated electronic fuel tax reporting service in North America, for trucking firms to file quarterly fuel tax returns required by the international fuel tax Agreement (IFTA).

However, International Telematics North America president Dean Marris sent DIESELtalk an email claiming: “This is incorrect reporting”. Continue reading “EROAD defends its position on IFTA solution” »

News: New general manager appointed at DairyNZ

SetSize288432-Andrew-ReidDairyNZ has appointed Andrew Reid as its new general manager of extension, the role that leads the industry body’s regional consulting officer teams.

Reid will start in the position on May 4.

He was previously general manager of sales with Ballance Agri-Nutrients, leading a field team of 120. He has also worked as a consultant for Agriculture New Zealand, has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Massey University, and is from a family dairy farm in the Bay of Plenty. Continue reading “New general manager appointed at DairyNZ” »

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