News: Tool Blacks team for ‘trade Olympics’

WorldSkills-Oceania-2015After capturing five medals in a preliminary competition, including three golds, the automotive sector Tool Blacks members to compete in the world ‘work skills’ competition, have been selected.

The 15-member team will represent NZ in 15 of the 45 or more trade skills contested at the WorldSkills International competitions in Brazil. Approximately 1300 under-24 year old competitors from 72 countries will battle it out to win gold in their skill categories.

The automotive category team members are: Continue reading “Tool Blacks team for ‘trade Olympics’” »

News: IMVIA boards re-elected to continue growth path

Graeme Macdonald

Graeme Macdonald

A week of meetings for the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, has seen its North Island and South Island branches discuss current issues as well as re-elect members to its branch and national board.

The North Island branch, based in Auckland, saw Graeme Macdonald re-elected as chairman with Frank Willet as vice chairman.

The South Island branch saw Lloyd Wilson re-elected chairman with Nick Owens as vice chairman. Continue reading “IMVIA boards re-elected to continue growth path” »

News: EROAD on fast growth path in the US

Steven_Newman_AListed transport technology and services company EROAD Ltd, has reported a strong full year result today, delivering continued growth in units and revenue, and successfully establishing its North American business in Oregon, USA.

Highlights are:

· Units on Depot (EROAD’s secure website) 23,915 – up by 78% on last year
· Revenue at $17.6 million – up by 76% on last year
· Contracted units totalled 25,862 – up by 81% on last year
· Future contracted Income reaches $32.6 million – up by 83% on last year
· Customer retention rate remains strong at 99.2%
· Net profit before tax and listing costs reached $1.1 million
· Full year results largely in line with forecast
· Secured customer contracts in Oregon worth $3.1 million. Continue reading “EROAD on fast growth path in the US” »

News: Push for transport hub in Queenstown

Screen-Shot-2015-05-28-at-10.23Queestown’s privately-owned bus transport company Connectabus is pushing for a Frankton transport hub as “the only way” to help resolve increasing traffic and parking concerns in the resort town.

Connectabus has been providing a service for visitors and locals in Queenstown for the past 22 years, during which time it has carried over four million passengers.

Talking as transport specialists who have witnessed the growth in traffic and resultant issues first-hand, Connectabus strongly supports a park-and-ride hub on land currently occupied by the Frankton Golf Club and opposite its current bus stops. Continue reading “Push for transport hub in Queenstown” »

News: Cost-cutting on school bus funding claims Labour

Chris-HipkinsThe safety of children – not cost cutting – should be the main objective behind the Government’s funding of school buses, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Buried in the detail of this year’s Budget are $19 million of funding cuts for school transport,“ says Hipkins.

“This comes at a time when the safety of school buses is in the spotlight following the horror ride for Green Bay students on Monday afternoon by a relief driver. Continue reading “Cost-cutting on school bus funding claims Labour” »

News: EROAD launches vehicle booking system

vuqEROAD says it’s new vehicle booking system uses location data to help organisations make better use of their vehicle fleets.

Users can create and manage their vehicle bookings from any web-enabled device using U Book-it, which integrates with EROAD’s web application, Depot.
If a vehicle has an EROAD hardware device installed, the EROAD system automatically populates and updates the U Book-It fleet pool with the vehicle details, which significantly reduces the risk of errors, and lowers administration time and setup costs.

The current booking status for any vehicle in a fleet is shown using real-time location data and the system can automatically cancel a booking if a vehicle pick up doesn’t take place. Reminders and booking confirmations are emailed prior to a booking, reducing the risk of no shows for pool vehicles. Continue reading “EROAD launches vehicle booking system” »

News: Truck ‘standstills’ can be cut by 80%

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 4.03.39 pmThe number of unplanned truck standstills can be cut by 80%, according to a study conducted by Volvo Trucks.

In the long term, the aim is that unplanned standstills should entirely disappear. One key explanation for this expected trend is online connectivity in trucks, a development that creates entirely new scope for working with preventive maintenance.

An unplanned standstill is one of the most problematic issues that can affect a haulage firm. Apart from the inconvenience for the driver, it creates extra costs for repairs, lost transport revenue and, in the worst-case scenario, damages customer reputation. Continue reading “Truck ‘standstills’ can be cut by 80%” »

News: Pūhoi – Warkworth highway moves closer

puhoi-warkworth-1-img4The construction of the Pūhoi – Warkworth Highway that will connect Northland and Auckland has moved a step closer, transport minister Simon Bridges says.

“Cabinet has approved the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to move to the next stage of procurement as a ‘public private partnership’ (PPP) to finance, design and build the project,” Bridges says.

NZTA will invite private sector companies to put forward proposals for financing, designing and constructing the highway, with a view to awarding a PPP contract in October 2016. Continue reading “Pūhoi – Warkworth highway moves closer” »

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