Engine braking complaints to be investigated

Wednesday, May 31, 2017



The New Zealand Transport Agency will be using a noise detection camera to monitor engine-braking noise following complaints in the Waikato.

NZTA commercial transport advisor Yvette Lusby says they have received a lot of complaints from the Taupiri community about engine-braking noise along a section of SH1 – the link road upgraded to connect to the Waikato Expressway in 2013.

Lusby says ‘no engine braking’ signs are in place and the NZTA would appreciate freight operators raising this issue with their teams. Residents fed up with the noise are now supplying the agency with times/dates/company name and some registration numbers.

“We have said we have a good working cooperative relationship with freight operators on this issue, and find they respond positively when the issue is raised. We need that to continue at Taupiri, so please discuss this with your drivers.”

The site has been put on the rotation roster for one of the agency’s noise-detection cameras.

“We expect locals will continue to supply us with their own evidence. But we would rather deal with this through co-operation within the freight community.”

Lusby says NZTA looks forward to a good outcome for all residents and road users for the next two to three years, as the completion of the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway in 2020 will see most freight bypassing this piece of highway through Taupiri.

If there are any queries, Lusby urges operators to contact her, or commercial transport manager Rhys Bright rhys.bright@nzta.govt.nz.