February 17th, 2017 by Robert Barry
The NZ Transport Agency is supporting Whangarei District Council to place chip seal onto an additional 2.5km of roads addressing health concerns caused by dust from logging industry traffic.
NZTA and Whangarei District Council will jointly fund extensions to existing sealed sections along an area of Wrights Rd/McCardle Rd which is affected by dust. Each will share the $1.3m cost of the work.
The additional sections, which total 2.5km, are near residential properties where dust is most likely to create a nuisance because of their close distance to the road. Continue reading “More chip seal for dusty Northland roads” »
February 13th, 2017 by Robert Barry
Toyota Australia is creating a dream toy for grown-ups: a life-size Tonka truck based on a 2.8-litre Toyota Hilux SR5 4×4 Double Cab ute.
The Tonka-inspired Toyota HiLux monster truck is the brainchild of Toyota Australia’s in-house designers, and it will soon become a reality as a one-off, fully driveable concept car.
It will feature all-new underpinnings including custom suspension and large wheels and tyres. Continue reading “Toyota Australia building Tonka-inspired Hilux concept” »
September 2nd, 2016 by Nerine Zoio
The NZ Transport Agency advises that from Monday September 5 motorists travelling on State Highway 3, Manawatu Gorge, may experience short delays while routine bridge maintenance is carried out.
NZ Transport Agency highway manager Ross I’Anson says the agency has put in measures to minimise disruption as the gorge is an important route for people and freight.
He adds that due to the nature of the work it was not possible to do it at night. Continue reading “SH3 Manawatu Gorge routine bridge maintenance” »
August 31st, 2016 by Nerine Zoio
From tomorrow truck drivers will need to cover loose loads on Lyttelton Tunnel to reduce the amount of material polluting the tunnel.
This follows the earthquakes which caused a significant increase in the amount of tunnel dirt.
Up to eight tonnes of dirt and dust is cleaned out of the tunnel every month compared to 235kg a month before the 2011 quake. “Sweeping the tunnel has gone from once a month to three times a week,” says NZ Transport Agency maintenance contract manager Barry Stratton. Continue reading “Loose loads to be covered on Lyttelton Tunnel” »
August 22nd, 2016 by Robert Barry
This story first appeared in the August issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE
For more than 25 years the team at Jackson Enterprises has developed new engineering solutions for the rural transport market, when building new trailers or refurbishing older units.
Company owner and director Trevor Jackson says it took nearly a decade to prove the benefits of an aluminium chassis to the road transport market, inspite of the fact that it offers a better tare weight, and does not create issues with metal fatigue or rust.
“It took some years for us to find the limitations of using aluminium in transport trailer building, so it has been a journey of learning,” says Jackson. “But in applications where moisture is a factor, such as reefer trailers and hard siders, aluminium just shines.” Continue reading “A quarter century of continual development” »
June 2nd, 2016 by Richard Edwards
The Toyota Corolla regained its position as top passenger car in May – but the Ford Ranger topped the market with a huge tally.
The Corolla gained a 4% market share (323 units), followed by the Toyota RAV4 on 3% (249 units) and the Mazda CX-5 also on 3% (246 units).
The Ranger, which was beaten last month by the Toyota Hilux, bounced back with a 21% market share (755 units). Continue reading “May: Ranger dominates” »
February 15th, 2016 by Robert Barry
This story first appeared in the February issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE
Truck and Trailer Parts (TATP) has become New Zealand’s sole distribution and service agent for the Fuwa K Hitch brand.
Headquartered in Guangdong (China), Fuwa is known for its axles, fifth wheels, king pins, landing gear sets, ball races, and suspensions.
“The products hold significant market share positions in Asia and Australia and Fuwa is the largest global producer of axles, by volume, in the world”, says TATP general manager Scott Holt. Continue reading “TATP wins Fuwa K Hitch exclusive agency” »
January 29th, 2016 by Max Pichon
South African-based insurer, Hollard Insurance, is planning to take on the Australian-owned vehicle and content insurers in the highly concentrated New Zealand retail market.
The Hollard Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the giant South African Hollard group, was incorporated at the end of 2015 with plans to shake up the market.
In Australia, Hollard competes with its ‘Real Insurance’ brand across a range of household insurances including car, bike and house, as well as personal insurances like income protection and life cover. Continue reading “Hollard takes on Aussies in Kiwi car, truck, insurance market” »