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Double the truck capacity for proposed next generation Interislander ferries
Posted on 28-May-2020

KiwiRail is taking the next step to procure a new generation of Cook Strait ferries which will increase the capacity on this vital transport link, and increase its resilience. A Request for Proposal (RFP) to find a preferred shipyard to build two new ships for the Interislander has been issued, the next step in the procurement process. “The new ships will strengthen and enhance the vital transport link between the North and South Islands and represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the Cook Strait crossing,” Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says. The.. ...

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Fuso’s fuel cell future
Posted on 28-May-2020

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation launches fuel-cell concept Canter. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has unveiled the next step towards its goal of a carbon-neutral fleet by 2039 – the eCanter F-CELL. This is the result of further development of the Vison F-CELL showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Both battery-powered and fuel-cell vehicles have their respective advantages, depending on customer usage, and MFTBC says the two varieties will complement each other to address evolving transport needs. How it works Fuel-cell technology conver.. ...

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RTF asks again for RUC relief
Posted on 28-May-2020

Trucking companies have missed out on the Government’s Covid-19 money lolly scramble and this will mean increased costs across the already damaged economy, Road Transport Forum (RTF) chief executive Nick Leggett says. “Despite working through the various lockdown stages of the Government’s response to Covid-19, often at cost to themselves and their companies, the trucking industry has been refused any relief on Road User Charges (RUC),” Leggett says. “The RTF wrote to Transport Minister Phil Twyford on 19 March, asking that the Government reconsider t.. ...

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CDL Autoparts has a new owner
Posted on 28-May-2020

After over half a century in business, CDL Autoparts founder Wayne Butler has passed the mantle of ownership to heavy-transport professional Robert Wood and although he’s going to miss his staff and the interaction with the customers, he says he couldn't be happier. “We had a mind to sell for about two years but we were looking for the right sort of person,” says Butler. And Butler is convinced that Robert Wood is the right sort of person to take over. He says, “He [Wood] has an extensive similar background. We’re heavy-duty transportation and he’.. ...

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RUC Increases for 2020
Posted on 28-May-2020

Following is an Advisory from The Road Transport Forum notifying all carriers of the RUC increases effective 1st July 2020 The Original order in Council for the increase was passed on 28th April 2020 and notified in the NZ Gazette on 30th April 2020. This notification provides the statutory six weeks notification prior to the new rates coming into force. The increase is 5.3% and is applied unilaterally across all current RUC rates. The increase exacerbates the calibration issues that arose from last year’s increase where only some vehicle types received an increase. The d.. ...

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