News: ManaBus releases new timetable for summer travel

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Express intercity coach operators ManaBus and Naked Bus are releasing a new summer timetable providing customers increased options for travel.

Passengers can now book seats until Easter 2017, with a limited number of $1 fares.

The operators have also confirmed that additional services have been added to their destinations throughout the country, including 10 services between Auckland and Whangarei. Continue reading “ManaBus releases new timetable for summer travel” »

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News: Scania S-Series named 2017 International Truck of the Year

9dfbc2d2c1c331bf_400x400arThe Scania S-Series is the winner of the 2017 International Truck of Years says the jury, announcing the verdict at the recent IAA commercial vehicle trade fair in Hannover, Germany.

The S-Series is a new sleeper cab with a flat floor that is mainly intended for long-haulage trucks and that Scania just introduced within the framework of its new vehicle generation.

The judges say the driver comfort, safety aspects and its positive impact on haulers’ overall economy, among other factors, were the reason for the S-Series winning the award. Continue reading “Scania S-Series named 2017 International Truck of the Year” »

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News: VTNZ named Best Workplace finalist

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Vehicle Testing New Zealand Ltd (VTNZ) is one of four finalists in the Enterprise Workplace (750 or more employees) category for the IBM Kennexa 2016 Best Workplaces Awards.

The New Zealand automotive industry is well represented by this years finalists which includes vehicle distributors, car dealerships, transport insurance companies, vehicle inspection providers, and an online vehicle sales portal in the five categories.

Dealerships Bayswater Hyundai, Hyundai Mid & South Canterbury, Hyundai Wairarapa, and Ingham Hyundai are finalists in the small workplace (20-49 employees) category, competing with the distributor Hyundai New Zealand Limited. Continue reading “VTNZ named Best Workplace finalist” »

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News: Safety and resilience improvements on SH1

puhoi-warkworth-intro-1The NZ Transport Agency is set to improve safety and resilience on two sections of State Highway 1 on either side of Warkworth.

A new guardrail is being installed on State Highway 1 near Schollum Access Rd and the road is being widened to help prevent vehicles hitting the bank and rolling between Puhoi and Warkworth, says the agency.

Road crews will begin work on September 26 and the work is expected to take approximately four weeks. Continue reading “Safety and resilience improvements on SH1” »

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News: VW scandal game changer for financial markets

volkswagen-group_200x200The Volkswagen diesel emission cheating scandal is so powerful and sustained that it has fundamentally changed the way financial markets operate.

This is according to a study by Professor David Lont of the University of Otago and Professor Paul Griffin of the University of California’s Davis Graduate School of Management.

When news of the scandal broke a year ago, it initially destroyed about $56 billion of the company’s market value, forced its chief executive to resign and led to multibillion dollar settlements, civil suits and criminal prosecutions. Continue reading “VW scandal game changer for financial markets” »

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News: Literacy = Safety at work

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

Litracy %3d safety PICImagine working with heavy machinery, sharp or dangerous tools, chemicals or poisons in a foreign country. When language is a barrier, safety instructions (written or oral) can easily be missed, putting health, safety, and sometimes lives, at risk.

Although adult literacy levels are improving, an alarming number of Kiwis struggle to read or write. An estimated one million adults in New Zealand have low literacy and numeracy skills by international standards.

The adult literacy challenge is urgent. For individuals, low literacy has a major impact on quality of life, family and community networks, and career aspirations. In workplaces, low literacy can impede productivity and morale, and create health and safety hazards. There are clear links between workers’ literacy and numeracy skills and their ability to engage effectively in health and safety processes and training. Continue reading “Literacy = Safety at work” »

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News: Will our transport future be safer?

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

Will our Transport future be safer PICHealth and safety is the theme of this month’s issue, so the column this time will also be on health and safety. It will look at recent material from the Ministry of Transport on future regulation, and on where the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) fits into health and safety.

The most interesting recent work from the ministry was the results of its study into future regulation, “Regulation 2015” (check out more on its website using these keywords). As you might expect, this looked at the impact of emerging technologies like intelligent transport system (ITS) on regulation. ITS covers driver assistance techniques like blind-spot recognition, lane control, and collision-avoidance systems right through to fully autonomous, driverless cars.

We already have ITS like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and even alcohol interlocks, which means we are already on the ITS path. The ITS summit next month will consider some vital issues about driverless cars. Continue reading “Will our transport future be safer?” »

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News: Colorado reframing Holden brand

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Holden New Zealand is on a journey to reframe customer perceptions of the brand and the newly revitalised MY17 Colorado utility is another weapon in that marketing arsenal.

There is no doubt the Australasian media launch of the Colorado has been a drawn out affair, but Holden wanted to make a song and dance about the amount of specification and engineering that has been invested into the new vehicle.

Holden New Zealand general manager marketing Marnie Jane Samphier says the company has created a local television advertising campaign to project the vehicle to the broad audience that such a vehicle now attracts. Continue reading “Colorado reframing Holden brand” »

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