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02/08/2019: Meetings to discuss big changes for biosecurity system

Members may recall late last year that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released the discussion document “Proposed Changes To The National Animal Identification And Tracing Act and Regulations”.
Following that, the Minister for Biosecurity, Damien O’Connor, released the cabinet paper “National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) legislative amendments: policy approvals”.
Among other things, that paper signalled that the minister wishes to make it an offence to transport an untagged NAIT animal that does not have an exemption.
The proposal is truck drivers who cart untagged animals could receive an infringement notice. The minister’s aim is for drivers to leave untagged animals behind, thereby providing an incentive for the Person In Charge of an Animal (PICA) to ensure their animals are tagged. He predicts this will help change behaviour and increase NAIT compliance.
He also notes in the cabinet paper it is possible that a transport operator will want written assurance that animals are NAIT compliant before loading them or may choose to look at the tags themselves as the animals are loaded. He suggests an assurance form can be used as a defence for livestock transporters if untagged stock is carted. 
As a response to the cabinet paper, Don Wilson, chair of the National Livestock Transport and Safety Group, felt compelled to hold a series of meetings across New Zealand to talk to and hear from members of transport associations that operate or manage a business in the livestock transport sector, his expectation being the outcome of those meetings would help set a sensible direction for Road Transport Forum NZ to pursue on industry’s behalf.

NAIT meetings:

  • Tuesday, August 6: Whangarei, Distinction Hotel, 8:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 6: Taupo, Suncourt Hotel, 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 7 August: Hawera, Sandford livestock, Skeet Road, Auroa, 8:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 7: Feilding, Total Stock Crates, 30A Turners Road, 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 8: Blenheim, Chateau Marlborough, 8:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 8: Ashburton, Hotel Ashburton, 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 9: Gore, Croydon Hotel, 10:00 a.m.

 

02/08/2019: RTF seeks feedback on NZTA audits of TSL holders

In the past 12 months, the NZ Transport Agency has stepped up its activity around auditing transport service licence (TSL) holders and their vehicles.
The Land Transport Act 1998 provides for the agency to conduct audits and inspections of anyone who holds a land transport document, as well as any vehicles operated by these same persons. The audits are carried out according to the Act are wide-ranging and cover any matter the agency considers relevant to land transport safety. The individuals who the agency is inspecting or auditing are required to comply with any (reasonable) request for information. 
The Road Transport Forum’s Technical and Roading Manager, Kerry Arnold, says RTF has heard that many members have had a range of experiences (some not particularly good) with how the audit was carried out and how intrusive some data requests have been.
“RTF has a view that some audit requests have gone beyond the scope provided for in the LTA 1998 and has subsequently raised these with NZTA officials. To help us substantiate our concerns with officials, we are seeking feedback on member experiences with the auditing process,” Arnold says.
RTF has requested feedback from those who have been audited forwarding a brief outline of what they experienced with the process, noting any specific areas of concern.
“Please note, we will be focusing on the principles and not the individual companies. A small number of operators from the logging sector have already provided feedback to us.”
The information being sought is not related to RUC audits, only TSL land transport safety audits requested under Sec 198 of the LTA 1998. 
If there are any other logging members, or members from other sectors who have been audited in the past 12 months who would like to comment, please send responses to:

25/06/2019: Free road shows

Members are being invited to take advantage of a series of free road shows being held around the country over the next few months.

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17/06/2019: 2019 law changes: round-up

Here’s a brief overview of law changes that have recently, or will soon, come into effect. Check out what information applies to your business.

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12/06/2019: Unfit livestock evidence needed

Members are being urged to contact MPI and the Road Transport Forum if they have an issue with rejecting an unfit animal for transport. Chairman of The National Livestock Transport and Safety Group (NLT&SG), Don Wilson, says if operators cart an unfit animal, they can be infringed for that. “As an industry that has a vested interest in improving animal welfare issues, we should do all we can to address and improve those outcomes. “MPI has a hotline that concerned carriers can use and I implore livestock transporters to use that in the first instance, followed up by an email to Mark Ngatuere, the Road Transport Forum’s manager of policy, safety, and training. “Mark will collate that and forward to MPI under anonymity and confidentiality for the person or persons forwarding it.”

What Mark needs is:

  • Legitimate cases
  • If you reject an animal for transport please forward information to Mark 
  • State the reason for rejection
  • The date the animal or animals were rejected
  • The animal’s location or the farm and the farmer’s name
  • Whether that same animal has been re-presented later and still unfit for transport
  • Examples where there have been issues identified with livestock you have carted that are not a direct result of you mishandling or ill-treating them.

 

MPI hotline: 0800 00 83 33
Mark Ngatuere: