News: Truck legends kickoff Waikato safety campaign

37A88B83-F4B8-4B5F-848A-1573B87F3366jA series of ten collectible cards featuring Waikato trucks, and bearing road safety messages from their drivers was so popular in 2012 that a new series has been created and launched today.

The Waikato trucking companies featuring in the new series as part of a road safety campaign in the region, have been selected by industry regulators in recognition of their high performance in health, safety and driving.

Each company has then chosen one of their own ‘legendary’ drivers to provide a safety tip which is featured on their card with a photo of the truck and its specifications. Continue reading “Truck legends kickoff Waikato safety campaign” »

News: KiwiRail will optimise system for growth

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Despite a flat revenue year, KiwiRail says growth in some markets shows that rail is still relevant in the local transport sector.

KiwiRail says the 2013/14 financial year had been a challenging one, but it realised a 6% growth in the domestic freight market.

The propeller shaft failure on the Interislander ferry Aratere and the identification of asbestos contamination in the new DL locomotives, were two events that affected the company earnings and reputation this financial year says KiwiRail chairman John Spence. Continue reading “KiwiRail will optimise system for growth” »

News: Dorchester hits mark on Turners

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Dorchester Pacific has hit the required 90% of Turners shares to successfully takeover the auction house.

As of yesterday, he company held 90.1% of Turners share, with more of the Turners shareholders taking bonds or shares than anticipated – only half taking the cash payout.

“With the higher take up in shares and bonds, a lower level of bank funding has been required to settle the acceptances to date,” Dorchester said in its statement to the stockmarket. “Assuming the remaining 10% shareholding in Turners is acquired for cash, the full takeover of Turners would be funded by $13 million of bank debt compared to the earlier estimate of $18 million.” Continue reading “Dorchester hits mark on Turners” »

News: Ute racing to return this weekend

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After their last race at Taupo was cancelled due to high winds, drivers in the Ssangyong Racing Series are keen to get back on the track this weekend.

Round Two at Hampton Downs sees the number of female drivers in the SsangYong grid increase to five with new comer Stef Baigent (Kent Baigent’s daughter) racing the SsangYong Motor Company sponsored ute.

Ex NZV8 and TRS driver and top female so far, Christina Orr, finished in the Top 10 at Taupo and is hoping to climb the ladder at Hampton. Continue reading “Ute racing to return this weekend” »

News: More competition for Naked Bus and InterCity

Associate minister of transport Craig Foss congratulates Sir Brian Souter at the official launch of ManaBus.Com in Auckland today.

Associate minister of transport Craig Foss congratulates Sir Brian Souter at the official launch of ManaBus.Com in Auckland today.

Scottish transport entrepreneur Sir Brian Souter has launched a new express coach service called ManaBus.Com which will compete with incumbent operators Naked Bus and InterCity.

“We believe offering consumers more choice at affordable prices, will grow the total public transport market and encourage a modal shift from the private car,” says Souter.

Souter says ManaBus.Com will offer affordable express coach services and provide travellers consistent quality service at low prices. Continue reading “More competition for Naked Bus and InterCity” »

News: Transmission Gully project starts tomorrow

30579E7E-0FC2-487A-9470-461E15D7BE15jTomorrow the mayor of Porirua and a board member of the road construction joint venture will turn the first sod in Waitangirua marking the start of the long awaited Transmission Gully project.

The Leighton HEB joint venture (LHJV) will then start construction on the roads to link Porirua to the Transmission Gully route.

The Waitangirua and Whitby links will provide road access between eastern Porirua suburbs and the Hutt Valley, Wellington City and Kapiti Coast. Continue reading “Transmission Gully project starts tomorrow” »

News: Government to seek new vehicle contracts

mbieThe government is set to update the contracts that guide where government departments and public bodies source their cars, trucks and other vehicles.

The current ‘All-of-Government’ arrangements end in June 2015.

Handling the process is the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s ‘Vehicle Centre of Enterprise’, who are working to release a Request For Proposal during November. Continue reading “Government to seek new vehicle contracts” »

News: Williams retired from AT board

CB051E45-D362-4CB0-B343-973B94A7EEE0A founding board member of Auckland Transport (AT), former New Zealand Labour Party president Mike Williams has been retired by rotation.

Williams was farewelled by the organisation during this months regular meeting.

AT chairman Dr Lester Levy says his background in governance, particularly in the transport sector, made Williams a valuable contributor to the successes AT has had since it was formed. Continue reading “Williams retired from AT board” »

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