As New Zealand heads towards a general election in 2017, the Road Transport Forum (RTF) is gearing itself up for a busy year representing the broad interests of its membership base.
While the Road Transport Forum itself will not be present at THE Expo at the Mystery Creek Event Centre in March, some member associations such as the National Road Carriers, NZ Trucking Association, and the Road Transport Association NZ will be there.
RTF chief executive Ken Shirley says the MMP environment is polarising policy around road transport, and he believes opposition parties want to diminish the number of trucks on the road, in favour of coastal shipping and rail.
Shirley says the forum will host a political summit luncheon on transport in June, where the transport spokespeople from all political parties will be invited to make presentations and participate in a question and answer session with forum members.
Other issues of concern to the RTF is the proliferation of 60-day terms of trade payments imposed by large corporates on to their freight contractors, and the forum is commissioning Gibson Sheat partner Edward Cox to prepare a legal case regarding this issue.
The RTF confirmed to DIESELtalk that it would hold its 2017 conference from November 9 to 11 at the Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton.
Shirley says: “We will be hosting a dinner for the NZ Road Transport Industry Awards once again, as well as the finals of the 2017 New Zealand truck driving championships, as Claudelands is suitably set up for this event.”