Urgent safety improvements will be done on SH3 from Waitara to Bell Block to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries, Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has announced.

UD Trucks Australia is issuing a voluntary safety recall as a precautionary measure for 186 UD trucks in Australia and New Zealand. The voluntary safety recall applies to UD pPNLT Quon RSS-AIR trucks produced between 1 November 2016 and 31 January 2018. In certain operating conditions, the front-rear and rear-rear shock absorbers may bend or break. In certain conditions, this could cause interference with the tyre and cause it to burst, which may cause a risk of fire.

Volvo Trucks has just signed a landmark agreement to provide its first commercial autonomous solution for Brønnøy Kalk AS, a mine operator in Norway.

The NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Airport are working together on the Southwest Gateway programme to deliver three projects to create an integrated, 21st century transport system to move people and freight between the city’s south east including Botany, and south west including Onehunga and Mangere, as well as the south including Manurewa, Papakura and Pukekohe.


The South Island has done it again. For the third year running New Zealand’s Top Truck of the year hails from the great Southern Island, and once again Christchurch seemed to know it, turning on a fabulous day for the presentation of the New Zealand Trucking magazine John Murphy Memorial Top Truck 2017-18 to Steve Richards and his stunning Scania R620. His truck originated from a country that’s on top of the world, now Christchurch operator Steve Richards is too. It seems a lifelong passion for trucks and an unfailing desire to keep his gear looking absolutely on point has paid off. “I remember riding my bike down to the stationers in Timaru as a kid and getting the latest mags and looking at the cool trucks. I never thought it would one day happen to me. It’s pretty cool,” said Steve.

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By the early 1930s, vans built on light truck chassis were starting to enter the fleet. Some of these were designed for a specific task, such as this one used to move parcels between ships and the Chief Post Office in Wellington. Parcels would have come into and left New Zealand in traditional mailbags that would have been loaded/ unloaded by rope nets from the ship’s hold.

Since 1981 Dutch magazine Truckstar has hosted the largest truck show in Europe, the annual Truckstar Festival. This year saw 2300 trucks turn up to what is a ‘bucket-list’ event for any Euro truck buff!

Safety enhancements are the driving force behind the design of Freightliner’s new CL112-Low [centre of gravity] agitator spec truck that promises no compromises on efficiency, productivity or reliability. New Zealand Trucking magazine was given a private reveal of the latest Freightliner to hit the road. Freightliner are certainly seasoned players when it comes to producing vehicles for the vocational sector. While their market share in Australia and New Zealand is considerable, over the past five years they’ve gone on to dominate the US market with innovative newly designed vehicles that are bringing greater productivity and safety solutions across a broad sector of vocational applications.

Welcome to the first of a new semi-regular series we’ve called Retro Tests. We’re going to sample trucks from the great era that spanned the early 70s, through until the early 90s, roughly…there are no hard and fast rules.