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Nick’s Blog


Covid system flaws need to be fixed without a blame game


Each day seems to bring more confusion about New Zealand’s roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine, and the safety of our border given the lack of tracking of testing and vaccination for border workers. We can be forgiven for thinking it’s all being made up on the fly. As the biggest vaccination programme ever undertaken … Read More

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Slow driving not the safety solution


Truck drivers see it all out on the road every day. They see things they can prevent with quick action, or help with if they get there on time, but they also arrive first at accident scenes that leaving scarring memories. Driving in New Zealand is a dangerous pastime, as last weekend’s Easter road toll … Read More

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It’s time for realism in the climate change response


The Road Transport Forum wants to inject some realism into the climate change debate with our response to the He Pou a Rangi, Climate Change Commission (CCC) 2021 draft advice for consultation. We are in agreement with the broad mandate of the CCC, and our industry is committed to the decarbonisation journey that New Zealand must … Read More

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Animal welfare front of mind for trucking industry


Live animals trapped in a truck for six hours in Auckland’s summer heat is not acceptable in anyone’s view. Sadly, this is what happened in the most recent Covid-19 Level 3 lockdown when the road border crossing could only be described as a shemozzle. This highlighted a number of things for the Road Transport Forum … Read More

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A realistic look at decarbonising road freight


The ongoing discussions and debate around the world’s climate “emergency” will not abate. As a result, you will continue to hear from me on this topic through this blog and I won’t apologise for that. Road Transport Forum will release its response to the Climate Change Commission’s Draft Advice for Consultation once it is submitted. … Read More

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We want to see Transmission Gully built properly


Transmission Gully and I go back a long way. I have been quite vocal about my concerns with the project over recent times. When I was Mayor of Porirua, a city which has a lot of skin in the game, I negotiated an agreement to secure vital link roads between the city and the gully and watched the … Read More

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Where’s the plan?


Auckland’s second Level 3 lockdown this year, which began on Sunday (28 February) at 6am, has dealt another blow to the economy and our industry. The cost of having Auckland at Level 3 and the rest of the country at Level 2 is estimated to be $240 million per week. Each time the  Government yo-yos … Read More

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RTF calls for roadside drug testing


Driving under the influence of drugs is a deliberate act and should be treated accordingly in law. Statistics show that drivers impaired by drugs are causing harm and death on our roads; more deaths than drunk drivers. We need to get those drugged drivers off the road as soon as possible and hold them accountable … Read More

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Time to show truck drivers some appreciation


This week we have seen once again, the contribution truck drivers make to New Zealand. Through natural disasters, pandemics, Covid-19 level changes and lockdowns, and all weathers, truck drivers keep delivering the essentials New Zealanders need to live on a daily basis. As with the Level 3 lockdown of Auckland in August last year, this … Read More

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Caution needed on climate change policy for heavy transport


Many of us are taking time to digest the Climate Change Commission’s draft report that was released almost two weeks ago. The report lays out our nation’s challenges clearly – we all agree with the absolute need to reduce our emissions over the next few decades. The commission should be congratulated for holding to its … Read More

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