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EROAD is making it easier to maintain a safe fleet and resolve vehicle faults more efficiently with the launch of its enhanced Inspect product.

Despite a year that included the North Canterbury earthquake and the completion of a number of significant capacity-related projects, Freightways’ profit after tax for the year to June 30 was $60.9 million, up more than 22 percent on last year’s figure.

A rise in rail incidents involving pedestrians wearing headphones is being targeted in a new safety campaign launched for Rail Safety Week.

A proposal put forward by Labour aimed at giving school leavers the practical skills and knowledge they need for adult life could also help the transport industry. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says while New Zealand’s teachers and schools do a great job of teaching children core knowledge and learning skills, the Future of Work Commission identified that young people also needed practical skills both in the workplace and in their day-to-day lives. Their proposed School Leavers’ Toolkit will include helping students learn to drive.

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Mick Barber is one of those characters who epitomises the spirit of the Aussie truckie; easy going and quick to crack a joke.

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John James Swain, also known as Jim or Jimmy, was a man who was known for his loyalty, generosity and a great work ethic.

“It’s still a bloody good truck,” says Chris Carr of Carr & Haslam Transport referring to his Mercedes-Benz Actros, the first Actros to be purchased in New Zealand in 1997.

It is very rare for a fleet to consist of single-purpose assets. Transport operators typically require a lot more flexibility in their fleets to fully address their customers’ needs.

Long service is one thing, but six decades-plus says much about work relationships.