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Electric Mack to clean up in New York
Posted on 15-Jan-2020

Mack Trucks has demonstrated the Mack LR Electric, a fully electric version of the Mack LR refuse model, to officials from the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) at the Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Mack Customer Center. Unveiled in May 2019, the Mack LR Electric will begin real world testing in Q2 2020 in DSNY's demanding operations.

"The Mack LR Electric demonstrates Mack's leadership in powertrain innovation, bringing clean, quiet propulsion to the refuse application, which is one of the toughest in heavy-duty t...

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McCurdy Trucks has merged
Posted on 15-Jan-2020

After decades of dreaming, years of planning, months of building and weeks of shifting, McCurdy Trucks Devon Road and Catalina Place sites have now merged into one purpose-built Truck and Trailer repair facility.

The new facility in Bell Block, New Plymouth, shows the investment made to service the transport industry. The 10 bay service workshop has sped up repair times. With three service lanes set up, the flow over the 2 pits and 1 lifter has improved booking wait times and customers can plan their down time better.

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MITO launches 3 new Level 4 training programmes
Posted on 15-Jan-2020

MITO has released three new Level 4 training programmes for the commercial road transport industry: The New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Specialist Driver) (Level 4) – Transportation of Logs; The New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Specialist Driver) (Level 4) – Heavy Haulage Transportation; and the New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Haulage Class 1 Pilot) (Level 4).

MITO Chief Executive Janet Lane says "The release of these innovative training progra...

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New training to attract and keep good staff
Posted on 15-Jan-2020

Two new training programmes will contribute to upskilling truck drivers, and others who want careers in road freight transport, Road Transport Forum (RTF) chief executive Nick Leggett says.

The New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport Skills (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator - Level 3), are available this year.

"Trucking is an industry where on the job training and assessment is particularly relevant," Leggett says. "Getting a heavy transpor...

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Truckometer - A Dippy December
Posted on 15-Jan-2020

In December, the Light Traffic Index fell 2.0% month on month, while the Heavy Traffic fell 2.5% month on month, this is on top of a fall in November.

Annual growth in light traffic is still lifting but that of heavy traffic has now, according to the report, plateaued. It goes on to say that the Light Traffic Index is the better economic indicator of the two; it suggests annual GDP growth will bounce around the 2% mark into the middle of next year.

The two ANZ Truckometer indexes reflect economic activity. The L...

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Fuel Tax Passes Vote
Posted on 04-Jun-2018

Auckland councillors have voted to bring in an 11.5 cent-per-litre regional fuel tax to fund the government's contentious transport plan for Auckland City.

Following a heated debate, Councillors voted 13 to 7 in favour of the tax.

Today's debate on the proposed tax began with Mayor Phil Goff saying the consequences would be "inconceivable" if it was not introduced.

He said the government would likely walk away from an agreed programme of transport works if the tax was rejected.

However, many industr...

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