News: Unregistered trading on the rise

17D81720-AD05-4A88-BA45-57F1900A491CThe Registrar of Motor Vehicle Traders – part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – has warned unregistered trading is on the rise, highlighting four recent prosecutions for the issue.

The ministry’s has prosecuted four people in just over a month for operating motor vehicle trading businesses without being registered.

Karla Flood, manager of the Registry Integrity and Enforcement team, says the prosecutions are a reminder to the motor vehicle trade that enforcement action will be taken for those that don’t abide by the rules. Continue reading “Unregistered trading on the rise” »

News: MTU Detroit Diesel appoints new branch manager

mtudda_16MTU Detroit Diesel New Zealand has appointed Haydon Ward-Holmes to the position of Auckland branch manager.

A New Zealand native, previously employed in Australian operations as its Townsville branch manager, MTU Detroit Diesel says that Haydon will provide leadership and support to the team across New Zealand.

“I’m looking forward to coming back home with my family and embarking on this this new and exciting opportunity,” says Ward-Holmes. Continue reading “MTU Detroit Diesel appoints new branch manager” »

News: New Blenheim AdBlue4You site

Riverlands_BlemheimThe Riverlands Roadhouse situated on state highway one south of Blenheim has now joined the AdBlue4you network of bulk DEF dispensing tanks.

Riverlands Roadhouse also offers café meals, accommodation, wash facilities, a weigh bridge and fuel as well as the new AdBlue4you unit.

This strategically located bulk dispensing unit is providing local and inter-island carriers with access to bulk AdBlue. Continue reading “New Blenheim AdBlue4You site” »

News: EROAD launches commercial service in Oregon


Transport technology and services company EROAD has opened its first US office in Portland, Oregon, and appointed five Portland-based staff.

The company’s launch of its commercial service in Oregon follows a favourable audit of its solution by the Oregon state government.

EROAD chose Oregon as its first US market because the state has a road-user charging system that is similar to New Zealand’s. The company undertook a commercial pilot in October 2012 and a regulatory pilot in 2013. Continue reading “EROAD launches commercial service in Oregon” »

News: Hellaby buys New Zealand Trucks operation

truckserviceHellaby Holdings Limited (Hellaby) continues to pursue it acquisition strategy with the the purchase of a truck servicing business and an automotive parts distributor.

Yesterday Hellaby announced that it has purchased the operations of New Zealand Trucks South Island Limited (trading as New Zealand Trucks), a Christchurch-based truck servicing business.

New Zealand Trucks provides maintenance, repair and engineering services to the truck industry. With this acquisition Hellaby is expanding its footprint in the heavy-equipment servicing sector. It also owns AB Equipment which supplies and services materials-handling, forestry and construction equipment across New Zealand. Continue reading “Hellaby buys New Zealand Trucks operation” »

News: Technology to reduce driver fatigue coming soon

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A New Zealand and US company are working together to bring advanced technology to the transport industry to reduce fatigue crashes.

Fatigue crash statistics show that 46 deaths in 2012 resulted in a social cost of $281 million, says Fleetsafe New Zealand.

Fleetsafe says it is working with American company Seeing Machines to bring its driver safety system (DSS) to New Zealand. Both wish to identify opportunities to implement the technology in the New Zealand transport industry. Continue reading “Technology to reduce driver fatigue coming soon” »

News: NZTA says 50MAX maximises productivity

hpmv-truck-trailer-img4Since permitting for the nine-axle 50MAX vehicles was introduced in late 2013, more than 600 vehicle combinations have received the stamp of approval says the New Zealand Transport Agency.

With new applications rising steadily, and more and more districts opening up to 50MAX, NZTA says it appears to be only a matter of time before 50MAX will become the new heavy truck of choice.

NZTA’s principal structural engineer John Reynolds says the seeds for the growth of 50MAX were planted with the introduction of the new high productivity motor vehicle (HPMV) at the beginning of the decade. These newer and larger trucks came into being following an amendment to the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass (VDM Rule) in 2010. This allowed for changes to the lengths for heavy vehicles and also creating a new high productivity permit class for vehicle combinations at increased weights. Continue reading “NZTA says 50MAX maximises productivity” »

News: Port sets new record for vehicles

POAjuly2013-192Last week Ports of Auckland handled a record 10,303 vehicle units – including new and used trucks and machinery – in seven days across seven vessels.

The port has handled more vessels in a week before, but not more vehicles and machinery.

“It was a bit challenge for the port’s multi-cargo team, and it really made the team think creatively,” says multi-cargo operations manager, Justin Maddock. Continue reading “Port sets new record for vehicles” »

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