News: Regional council warns farmers to minimise effluent spill

Gypsy_day_1_PODIn the lead up to Gypsy Day the Waikato Regional Council is reminding farmers to stand stock off green feed before they’re transported.

Standing stock off green feed will help keep the region’s roads clear of effluent and safe for users.

“Farmers have a vital role to play in cutting the amount of effluent spilt onto Waikato roads,” said the council’s stock truck effluent coordinator, Isy Kennedy. Continue reading “Regional council warns farmers to minimise effluent spill” »

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News: Gypsy Day Farmers warned to clean machinery

25611_2Farmers are being urged to protect farms from unwanted pest plants, such as the invasive velvetleaf, by cleaning machinery, vehicles and equipment in the lead up to Gypsy Day.

Gypsy Day occurs in the week leading up to and immediately following 1 June each year. It involves the mass transporting of cows and machinery around the country’s roads as farm contractors relocate themselves and their stock in time for the new season.

Waikato Regional Council says recent investigations confirmed unclean machinery was responsible for the spread of velvetleaf infestations between some farms in the region. Continue reading “Gypsy Day Farmers warned to clean machinery” »

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News: One step forward, two back on driver shortage

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One step forward, two back on driver shortage PICThe driver shortage issue has been well-traversed in recent times, receiving considerable media coverage and sparking much public debate.

As we in the industry know, there are reasons for this problem, many of which are internal to the industry, including inflexible and demanding working hours, and freight rates that are too low to support higher pay and shorter hours for drivers.

It is in this context that we need to consider two government reviews currently underway. Continue reading “One step forward, two back on driver shortage” »

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News: The Greens are dreaming and need to get real: Barnett

photo_auck.-backgroundThe head of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, Micheal Barnett says the Green Party’s latest proposal to plow more than $800 million into North Island rail freight, and coastal shipping shows it is dreaming big time and needs to get real.

“The time-cost of shifting freight by truck beats rail in most cases. Vast areas of the upper North Island don’t have a rail network, let alone a rail service,” says Barnett.

The Greens want to get trucks off Auckland, Waikato, and Bay of Plenty roads, but Barnett points out that Billions of dollars of taxpayer funds poured into propping up rail did not prove to be efficient for short haul trips. Continue reading “The Greens are dreaming and need to get real: Barnett” »

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News: Hilux claims top April spot; Ranger suffers supply issue

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Toyota claims to add the PreRunner Double Cab 4×2 pickup to its Hilux range helped it reclaim the mantle of being the top selling light-commercial vehicle in April 2016, it was also the top selling model overall.

Ford, however, says a supply issue hamstrung the Ranger result for April.

In the last two years, Toyota says Hilux maintained the lead in 4×4 sales with its previous model, but lost out in the 4×2 section of the ute market, something the new PreRunner model is now rectifying. Continue reading “Hilux claims top April spot; Ranger suffers supply issue” »

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News: Greens want half the freight task moved by sea and rail

Smart-green-transportThe Green Party has announced a plan to get half of New Zealand’s freight moving by rail and sea within ten years, and reduce the number of dangerous trucks clogging up New Zealand’s roads.

The Safer, Cleaner Freight policy sets a target for moving half of freight by rail and by sea within ten years of the next election. It allows the transport budget to be used to fund rail projects and commits to the electrification of rail between Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga.

“National’s single-minded focus on a few expensive highways is downright irresponsible, and will ultimately force more and more trucks onto New Zealand roads,” says Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter. Continue reading “Greens want half the freight task moved by sea and rail” »

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News: Greens transport policy disregards reality says RTF

Ken-hr-3Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley has dismissed the Green Party’s transport policy released today as “naïve and in complete disregard of the realities of the New Zealand freight task.”

“It is disappointing that the Greens are yearning to go back to the bad old days of when ideology dictated the movement of freight. It was crippling to the New Zealand economy then, and it would be again,” says Shirley.

“The flexibility and timeliness of road freight are impossible to match through any other transport mode. Trucks are the only way to reach most farms, factories, supermarkets or homes and can do so at any time of the day and when the customer demands it,” he says. Continue reading “Greens transport policy disregards reality says RTF” »

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News: Interim MTA boss made permanent

Craig Pomare

Craig Pomare

The Motor Trade Association has hired from within for its new chief executive.

Acting chief executive Craig Pomare has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis.

Pomare will assume responsibility immediately, succeeding Warwick Quinn who recently left MTA to lead the BCITO. Continue reading “Interim MTA boss made permanent” »

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