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In marketing-speak it’s a “muddy it up and wash it out, no-nonsense range of trucks, built with one purpose – getting the job done.”

 

The sales pitch for the new FUSO Enduro range of trucks calls them workhorses – with “value that’s hard to beat”….emphasising their “state-of-the-art Daimler build quality, proven heritage and a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.”...

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Fleet Focus

Auckland’s City Contractors has 34 trucks….but not one dedicated truck driver!

 

That’s even though transport is an integral part of this busy civil contracting operation.

 

As the name implies, City Contractors works in and around New Zealand’s biggest city – primarily doing water mains and roading...

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NZ Truck & Driver News

Fully electric, hydrogen-fuelled highway tractor unit developer Nikola now has a cabover model to sit alongside its streamlined North American conventional.

 

The Nikola Tre is squarely aimed at the European market – but New Zealand, Australia and Japan are also part of its cabover plans, says Nikola founder and CEO Trevor Milton...

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Road Transport Forum

It is with some considerable sadness that I inform you that this is to be my last column for New Zealand Truck & Driver magazine in my capacity as chief executive of the Road Transport Forum.

 

As many will no doubt be aware, I am retiring from the role in early December to pursue a slightly slower pace of life in the Bay of Plenty...

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TRT Recently Registered

A bounceback to record-breaking new truck sales levels in October – after fading in the previous two months – has the market on target for an alltime record 2018 total.

 

With two months’ sales to come, the overall market (4.5 tonnes GVM and over) was at 4414 – making 2017’s 5209 best-ever annual benchmark looking likely to be beaten...

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PPG Awards

What does a fleet do with its livery when it’s been part of a wider transport organisation with a very distinctive colour scheme...and a major division of the group changes hands?

 

That was the slightly tricky challenge facing Bulk Lines, part of the James Barker Group of companies, following the sale two years ago of Freight Lines, Bluebridge and Streamline Freight to the Australian-based Champ Private Equity Group...

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Feature

South Canterbury truckie Johnny Baxter never set out to become a world champion driver – he just wanted to beat his mate Hamish.

 

Outdo him, that is, in notching-up better fuel economy in the Temuka Transport Volvo FH they shared.

Next thing you know (well, let’s call it three years on), here’s Johnny Baxter – not merely world famous in Temuka….but truly a global champion!

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Road Torque Industry News

Another Certifier Suspended by the NZTA

Posted on Thursday 8th November 2018

Yet another vehicle repair certifier, has been suspended from issuing certifications by the New Zealand Transport Agency following consistent concerns about his quality of work.

 

Auckland-based vehicle repair certifier Dale Barlass was given notice by the NZTA that he was to cease performing vehicle certifications, effective immediately...

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Truck and Driver Profile: Connie Askin

Posted on Thursday 8th November 2018

Recently, I wrote a short article on trucking firm Hilton Haulage about what they were doing for their drivers during Truck Driver Appreciation Week, while speaking with them I mentioned that we often do profiles on truckies that deserve recognition for their hard work. They came back to me with the name Connie Askin.

 

Connie is a young driver hailing from Canterbury, she’s passionate about what she does and loves the industry she works in. So much so that her and her partner decided to start a small trucking business of their own...

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ROAD TORQUE INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Trucking Company Ordered off the Road

Posted on Thursday 8th November 2018

A South Island based trucking company has had its trucks ordered off the road after being served over one hundred traffic offences.

 

Blenheim based McCrostie Trucking just recently has had its operating licence revoked by the NZ Transport Agency, and has been cited by a High Court Judge as being a risk to public safety...

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Hi-Tech Transport Engineering Opens in Southland

Posted on Thursday 8th November 2018

Noticing a lack of specialized transport engineering services in the Invercargill region, engineer Matt Scheele decided to have a go at running his own operation.

 

Opening in late May this year Hi-Tech Transport Engineering offers general engineering solutions that are the ‘bread and butter’ of the job, says Matt, such as building log trailers, drop sliders or bulk bins...

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Mack Statue Stolen from Palmerston North Truck Yard

Posted on Thursday 8th November 2018

A bulldog statue that has been the pride of a Palmerston North truck yard for 45 years was stolen this week.

 

The statue was ripped off from MTD Trucks on Malden St last Monday, according to local police.

 

MTD Trucks general manager Murray Sowerby is gutted about the loss, and describes the statue as being around 1.5m tall by 1m wide.

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TIL Logistics Receives Telematics Upgrade

Posted on Thursday 8th November 2018

TIL Logistics Group, has made the decision to re-sign with telematics provider, upgrading its fleet to contain the newer Ehubo2 iteration of the technology.

 

TIL Logistics CEO Alan Pearson said the company was using its contract renewal with Eroad to ensure all its fleets are equipped with the latest technology that Eroad can provide...

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Road Transport Industry Thanks Pukerua Bay Community

Posted on Thursday 8th November 2018

The Road Transport Forum has presented a $1000 donation to Pukerua Bay School Deputy Principal Andrew Wooster to say ‘thanks’ for the incredible support that the Pukerua Bay community gave to truckies caught up in the State Highway 1 closure on 19 October.

 

“With hundreds of drivers trapped for 16 hours the Pukerua Bay community took it upon themselves to look after them,” says RTA Area Executive Sandy Walker...

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