NZTD News

Move establishes Trans-Tasman shipping route
Posted on 11-Aug-2022

New Direct Shipping Route Links NZ Regional Ports to Tasmania and Australia’s East Coast Transport and logistics group, MOVE Logistics Group Limited, has taken a significant step in its new Oceans business, with its first trans-Tasman sailing scheduled for Q4 2022.

In line with this, MOVE has entered an agreement to acquire a vessel, the Atlas Wind, out of Europe. It is expected that the acquisition will be settled in October 2022. The Atlas Wind can carry 350 containers, or the equivalent of 5,000 tonnes of bulk cargo. With two cra...

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Need a rest? NZI Truckie Rest Zone event
Posted on 11-Aug-2022

The NZI Truckie Rest Zone event, being run in conjunction with the Taupo District Council, has been rescheduled for next week, Wednesday 24th August. 

If you’re driving your truck along SH5 between Taupo and Napier between 10am-2pm keep an eye out for the team at the Waimihia/Wairango Road intersection. Pull your rig over for a complimentary refreshment and bite to eat, and chat to our team and some of NZI’s Fleet Fit partners about managing driving fatigue.

According to NZI, fatigue and distraction are a major cause of r...

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New GM for MTD (Motor Truck Distributors)
Posted on 11-Aug-2022

MTD Trucks has appointed Rob Woods as their new GM. Rob started the role on August 8 and took over from Clive Jones who left to join transport firm Booth’s Group as group commercial manager.

Rob is an experienced heavy transport professional who has spent almost 20 years working for one of the largest automotive groups in his native South Africa. Imperial Logistics is currently responsible for one in three of all car rental transactions, 40% of market in passenger vehicles, and around 10,000 heavy trucks in the country.

Leader...

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Potholes a result of pay-as-you-go road funding
Posted on 11-Aug-2022

New Zealand has badly potholed roads because road maintenance is inadequately funded from pay-as-you-go road user charges (RUC) levied on trucks instead of being well funded and built as core infrastructure from the outset.

National Road Carriers COO James Smith says, “We fund our roads on a consumption model rather than an investment model, so we are constantly falling behind.”

Smith said a recent opinion piece in The Northern Advocate newspaper highlighted that logging truck companies pay for road maintenance in their RUC wh...

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SEA Electric delivers New Zealand’s first electric traffic safety vehicle
Posted on 11-Aug-2022

Australian e-mobility company SEA Electric has partnered with local New Zealand civil construction firm Dempsey Wood to introduce the country’s first electric traffic safety vehicle, complete with a truck-mounted attenuator.

SEA Electric, which was founded in Australia in 2012 but has since moved its headquarters to Los Angeles, California, announced this week that it has delivered an SEA Isuzu FSD electric vehicle (EV) to Dempsey Wood’s Temporary Traffic Management Division 

The truck has been named “Big EV” because, as ...

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Truckometer - A tough winter
Posted on 11-Aug-2022

The Light Traffic Index fell 1.7% in July, while Heavy Traffic fell 0.1%. Light traffic is now back to trend, whereas heavy traffic is below trend.

The Light Traffic Index fell again in July, to be down 5% over the last two months, though off a high level. The Heavy Traffic Index is below trend, which we suspect reflects a month of illness and staff shortages amongst trucking firms and the economy more generally.

It’s been a rough winter on the health front for kiwis. That’s clearly putting enormous strain on the health system...

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