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A new Health and Safety at Work Strategy commits New Zealand to better practices in the workplace for the next decade, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Daimler is investing billions of euros in the expansion of the Mercedes-Benz global battery production network, ensuring supply until 2030.

Mainfreight has opened a new ocean freight branch in Hamburg, the company’s second in Germany.

PEOPLE AND TRANSPORT

This 2000 362e model Peterbilt cabover has had a colourful life here in New Zealand and could easily be the subject of an ‘After Lifer’ article. However, when Stephen said, “I’ve always dreamed of having my truck as the poster in New Zealand Trucking magazine”, we just had to make that dream come true. As a young boy growing up, Stephen Day was always around trucks because his mother worked at Ian Wedding’s yard in South Auckland. Stephen left school at 15 and started working at Wedding’s yard also, washing trucks amongst other jobs.

Other Stories

Ever wondered what’s the biggest cause of road traffic accidents? Try the person behind the wheel. Volvo Trucks’ latest safety report yields some thought-provoking stats… Road safety, and especially what causes us to do daft things once we get behind the wheel, is an interesting topic. When it comes to informed debate on HGV accident statistics, a go-to source is Volvo Trucks’ Safety Report, an infrequent, though highly informative analysis of European Union road accident data involving HGVs of all makes, not just Volvo.

What happened to the trucks New Zealand Trucking featured on its cover and road tested back in 2008? Well, we have tracked them down and here is what they are getting up to now. Turn the clock back a decade and there were warning bells and alarms starting to sound as financial markets began to haemorrhage around the world. In ’07 if you asked the average Kiwi in the street who Lehman Brothers were they would probably have answered a country and western band, however by mid-September ’08 Lehman Brothers were top of the 6pm news.

Bigger, brighter, blossoming… The 2018 Alexandra Blossom Festival truck show proved as popular as ever, with a total of 89 trucks competing for honours this year, an increase on last year’s total. The great team from Heavy Trucks was again the sponsor. The Star of the Show award went to Ricky Rodgers from Summerland Express Freight Ltd with his immaculate Western Star, a deserving winner considering the 916,000 kilometres on its clock. He also took out the Best Western Star prize.

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.