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All Blacks great Sir John Kirwan’s help has been enlisted by National Road Carriers Association to help ease mental stress among truck drivers. NRC is partnering with Mentemia, co-founded by Sir JK, to make its mental health app available to everyone in the transport industry. “The industry’s health and wellbeing are important to everyone and should be talked about,” says NRC CEO David Aitken. “People in the road freight industry work tirelessly to ensure freight is being delivered on time, and COVID-19 is contributing to an increase in stress and anxiety levels.” NRC member companies operate 16,000 trucks throughout New Zealand and the associati..
NZ Truck & Driver News - November 2020

Six-year-old James Marshall may just be New Zealand Truck & Driver publisher Allied Publications’ most fervent reader. After having a copy of NZ Truck & Driver handed on to him by his schoolteacher, the Ranfurly primary school pupil was so keen to get his hands on some more, he took action. First he made a sign – ‘Truck magazine.’ That went onto the Marshall family’s letterbox – even though Mum (Arlene) gently suggested that wasn’t going to work. When the rain ruined that, he got creative: He filled in the NZ Truck & Driver subscription form and sent it in – confidently ticking the Visa box….and improvising when it cam..
NZ Truck & Driver News - November 2020

Western Star has launched a new model in North America – the 49X, built “from the ground up” for vocational applications. Terming it “the next generation of tough,” the 49X has a stronger, lighter chassis, a new X-series cab and debuts the Detroit DT12 Vocational automated manual transmission. Australasian Western Star distributor Penske Australia New Zealand, says a 49X local test programme will begin next year, with the new model released here in late 2022 or early 2023. The 49X can be mated to the Detroit DD15 Gen 5 engine, rated at up to 505 horsepower/376 kilowatts and 1750 lb ft/2372Nm of peak torque, or the DD16 – offering up to 600hp/447kW a..
NZ Truck & Driver News - November 2020

Swedish truckmaker rivals Volvo and Scania are powering into their electric truck programmes. Scania has just launched its first electric production trucks – both plug-in hybrids and fully-electric models, targeting urban applications. The Scania etruck – offered with L-Series or P-Series cabs – has a 165-300kWh battery pack and a 230kW electric motor, equal to around 310 horsepower. It packs five to nine batteries, the latter delivering a 250km range. The plug-in hybrid truck, available for the same cabs, provides opportunities to travel long distances in a combustion engine mode….and subsequently drive up to 60kms in fully-electric mode when required. Sc..
NZ Truck & Driver News - November 2020

When we talk about our industry being full of good guys, Deane Rodgers is definitely one of them. It’d be hard to find someone more enthusiastic than he is about his job – driving for Cromwell-based Summerland Express Freight. As he puts it: “I’m up and excited every day to do what I do.” But it’s something far from everyday that has seen Deane voted our Castrol Truck Driver Hero of the year – namely, putting his own life at risk to avoid endangering people or property when his trailers caught fire. It happened as Deane was driving north through a tinder-dry South Canterbury en route to Christchurch, in his Iveco Stralis curtainsider B-train..
NZ Truck & Driver News - November 2020

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