Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a major milestone has been reached this week in the Government’s effort to restore road and rail links to Kaikoura, with work crews estimating that the halfway point has been reached in the massive job of clearing the slips from the transport corridor north of Kaikoura. “This is good news not only for Kaikoura but also for the rest of New Zealand as work progresses at pace to restore the road and rail networks that are critical to supporting our economy, keeping these communities connected and boosting the prosperity of this region,” Bridges says.

The Bay of Connections Freight Logistics Action Group (FLAG) has welcomed a government and industry initiative to help attract and train new truck drivers. FLAG says 32% of the nation’s freight travels on roads in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato and they hope the government-led Sector Workforce Engagement Programme (SWEP) will help attract 1000 more drivers into the industry nationwide.

Recycling specialists 3R Group have welcoming the announcement from the Minister for the Environment of $18.6 million in funding for used tyre recycling initiatives. “There is no doubt that this is a positive step forward in dealing with the more than five million tyres that reach their end of life each year in New Zealand,” said 3R chief executive Adele Rose, “however we are disappointed that these initiatives are not part of a wider product stewardship approach for tyres.”

Engineers​ ​behind​ ​Volvo​ ​Group’s​ ​new​ ​more​ ​fuel-efficient​ ​truck​ ​engines​ ​have received​ ​the​ ​Volvo​ ​Technology​ ​Award​ ​2017. Jan​ ​Eismark​ ​and​ ​colleague​ ​Michael​ ​Balthasar​ ​came​ ​up​ ​with​ ​an​ ​intelligent piston​ ​design​ ​by​ ​adding​ ​waves​ ​to​ ​the​ ​piston​ ​crown​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of oxygen. In​ ​the​ ​case​ ​of​ ​a​ ​standard​ ​piston,​ ​the​ ​injector​ ​is​ ​located​ ​at​ ​the​ ​top​ ​of​ ​the cylinder​ ​and​ ​the​ ​fuel​ ​is​ ​sprayed​ ​toward​ ​the​ ​sides​ ​of​ ​the​ ​cylinder​ ​through​ ​a number​ ​of​ ​openings​ ​in​ ​the​ ​injector.​ ​The​ ​combination​ ​of​ ​heat​ ​and​ ​pressure causes​ ​the​ ​fuel​ ​to​ ​ignite​ ​before​ ​it​ ​reaches​ ​the​ ​cylinder​ ​wall.


Wayne Duff running a Detroit with an 18-speed Eaton. A driver for Pacific Fuel Haul, Wayne was returning to Wellington after a trip to Palmerston North.

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