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Mangonui Haulage driver Bruce Gregory is emphatic: His new Kenworth is “the best truck I’ve ever pulled liquids with.”

 

Maybe so, you may be muttering, but who the hell is this Gregory fella – and why’s his opinion relevant?

 

Well, there’s a few things: He’s the guy who’s driving New Zealand’s first ever T410 8x4 on tanker work...

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Fleet Focus

American trucking company exec Ron Hall’s job is to know his trucks…inside out. Actually….no – his knowledge goes way, way beyond that: He knows them in extreme detail.

 

In order to extract the best fuel economy out of giant Utah carrier C.R. England’s fleet, he knows, for instance, exactly what “the sweet spot” is when it comes to diff ratios (2.16:1), engine horsepower (455 horsepower)…

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NZ Truck & Driver News

International rights to manufacture and sell New Zealand’s Swinglift sideloaders overseas have been sold to a French sideloader manufacturer.

 

In what Patchell Group general manager Brent Whibley terms “an exciting development for the Swinglift brand,” Boxloader SARL assumes the marketing of the brand outside NZ....

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Road Transport Forum

The recent RTF Conference at Wairakei Resort, near Taupō, gave me an opportunity to catch up with delegates from all over the country.

 

It was a really good chance to hear about what is challenging them in their businesses. These chats are important for me, as a lot of the time I am in the Wellington bubble, lobbying government....

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TRT Recently Registered

New Zealand’s new truck market continued to be strong in September – staying ahead of last year’s sales.

 

The month saw 514 registrations of heavy trucks above 4.5 tonnes GVM, compared to 476 in September 2018.

 

That carried the year-to-date total sales at the end of September to 4086, compared to last year’s 3965...

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PPG Awards

Now here’s a dramatic colour scheme transformation. From a distinctly, umm...interesting treatment dominated by a salmon shade….

 

To a stunning combination of black, red and grey – featuring curved and feathered stripes (which, from that description should be messy-as, but emphatically isn’t) – that makes Onehunga-based Rock and Rubble a very worthy finalist in the PPG Transport Imaging Awards...

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Feature

The five inductees for the New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame for 2019 cover arguably the widest possible span of activities within the industry...

 

From the owner of a fleet that handled all aspects of transport in a rural region, through a logging operator who has helped revolutionise trailer safety, a truck sales executive who oversaw the country’s biggest heavy vehicle assembly operation…..

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Road Torque Industry News

Is this the end of potholes?

Posted on Thursday 14th November 2019

With potholes and the state of our roads being a highly emotive topic right now, NZ Truck and Driver thought we’d see if there was a better solution to our tarmac woes and came across this….

 

Potholes may soon reach the end of the road, as an Oxfordshire village hosts the first UK trial of a graphene-based wonder material designed to prevent cracks forming. The UK trial of this ‘wonder material’ Graphene could prevent cracks and double the lifespan of roads. Graphene is a super-strong material made of specially-structured carbon...

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Next level logistics and telematics for Foodstuffs

Posted on Thursday 14th November 2019

Foodstuffs North Island Takes Business to the Next Level with Transport Execution and Mobility Solutions from Microlise.

 

Foodstuffs North Island is deploying the complete Microlise journey management and mobility solution across its transport operation, to increase efficiency and customer satisfaction, while reducing paperwork and streamlining collection and deliveries.

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Water policy will hurt us all

Posted on Thursday 14th November 2019

“A strong New Zealand economy relies on a healthy primary sector. If the farmers and growers who produce our food and related primary products are doing well, that positively impacts the whole economy. That includes those in the road freight business of moving those goods around New Zealand and to ports and airports for export, as well as all the goods down the track made from all those primary products,” says Nick Leggett, CEO, Road Transport Forum

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Keith Andrews named full Freightliner dealer for North Island

Posted on Thursday 14th November 2019

Keith Andrews is now an authorised North Island Freightliner dealership, in a move that strengthens its position as the country's leading Daimler commercial vehicle specialist.

 

Sales, parts and service for the full Freightliner range are now available at Keith Andrews dealerships in Auckland, Hamilton and Whangarei, with sales also at its Tauranga branch...

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Truckometer slip-sliding

Posted on Thursday 14th November 2019

According to the Truckometer report, in September, the Light Traffic Index fell 0.3% month on month while the Heavy Traffic rose 2.4% month on month, in only a partial bounce-back from last month’s fall. It goes on to say, that the annual growth in the Light Traffic Index held steady in the month but remains in a trend decline, suggesting economic growth is going to continue to wane for a while yet...

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Final Euro 5 ACCO leaves IVECO production line

Posted on Thursday 14th November 2019

(Don’t worry, the new Euro 6 ACCO will be coming soon).

 

Wednesday 30 October marked an important day for IVECO and the much-loved ACCO range, as the last current generation, Euro 5 model unit left the assembly line at the company’s manufacturing facility in Melbourne...

 

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ROAD TORQUE INDUSTRY PARTNERS

NZTA confident in EROAD systems

Posted on Thursday 14th November 2019

EROAD has flown through its recent audit by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), confirming the company remains compliant across Training, System Processes, System Security, Stock Security and Audit Register...

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