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12/05/2017: Parkbrake Fault: Safety Alert Issued

In 2013 RTF advised of unintentional releasing of Sanwa Seiki park brake control valves resulting in tragedies and severe harm incidents. These control valves are predominately fitted to Nissan trucks. In response to a recent fatality in Queenstown apparently linked to park brake failure the NZTA has circulated a safety alert for distribution.

The safety alert focuses on the mechanical condition of the park brake control mechanism and is right to do so. There is also an element of driver awareness that cannot be ignored. There is a chance that drivers operating these hand brakes could be detecting a change in handle function/performance that should not be ignored. Any perceived drop or change in performance should be further investigated by suitably qualified personnel.

Region Two

26/05/2017: Rollover Prevention Workshops

RTANZ and NZTA are hosting another round of rollover prevention workshops in June. Please try to ensure that where possible you get drivers along that haven’t been before. This is the same program we ran last year and is an opportunity for those that missed out last time to get along.

We are holding workshops along with NRC in Whangarei, Auckland, Tokoroa, Rotorua, Tauranga and Gisborne. Numbers may be limited so it will be a case of first in first served. Contact Keith McGuire to find out more.