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13/07/2018: Fuel-saving strategies for members worthwhile as costs rise

Operating costs are going up for road transport operators. It makes sense for members to review current and expected costs and to come up with a strategy for keeping them under control.

Fuel prices have risen sharply this year. Members transporting freight via Auckland now have to pay a new regional fuel tax of 11.5 cents a litre.

Members nationwide also face increased fuel costs, with the government planning further hikes in the excise rate for fuel of 3-4 cents a litre from September 1. Rises of a similar level are planned for 2019 and 2020.

The Government has also signalled a rise in Road User Charges (RUC) from September. The Road Transport Forum estimates the rise will be in the region of 5.8 per cent.

RTANZ Chief Executive Dennis Robertson warns road transport operators must be ready to increase their rates to customers to reflect the increased costs. This includes using a FAF (Fuel Adjustment Factor) as part of written contracts with customers.

It also makes sense for road transport operators to be more fuel-efficient.

Last year, Kiwi driver Johnny Baxter, of Temuka Transport, pitted himself against drivers from all around the world to win the on-road category in the 2017 International Volvo Trucks Fuel Challenge, held in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Baxter’s economical driving used 10.1 per cent less fuel than runners-up, who were already driving as economically as they could.

Over a distance of 150,000km, a 10 per cent fuel saving would save 15,000 litres of diesel per truck. At $1.36 per litre, that’s $20,400. If you have a fleet of 10 trucks, that’s over $200,000. Real world savings for businesses are likely to be much greater.

Strategies for fuel-efficient driving vary from avoiding stop-start driving and sudden manoeuvres, to regular servicing and maintenance of vehicles, to scheduling and trip planning.

For detailed tips on driving more efficiently to save fuel click here

 

 

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13/07/2018: Big events being held on freight and electric vehicles

Two big events coming up in August will discuss future developments in the freight industry that will have a major impact on members and their business.

Freight Futures 2030, to be held in Auckland from August 27-28, has as its theme “shaping New Zealand’s logistics and supply chain for a sustainable future.”

The conference will bring together government policy-makers and industry experts to discuss issues facing New Zealand’s transport sector.

Topics will range from the future of road, rail, and shipping to logistics, fleet management, and new technology including autonomous vehicles.

The second event is EV World, New Zealand’s combined electric vehicle industry and public expo, to be held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds, from August 9 to 11.

The event will be an opportunity to find out how electric vehicles will transform the transport industry, creating benefits and challenges for road transport operators.

Speakers will include vehicle manufacturers, academics, industry groups including the Road Transport Forum, and Government agencies. Industry forums will cover network and infrastructure; the motor industry; local government; and fleet development.

Henrik Moller, from Flip the Fleet, will discuss the benefits and challenges when electrifying your fleet.

The public will have the chance to attend a free expo and seminars to experience the electric vehicle world, including being able to ride or drive an EV, e-scooter, or e-bike. Those who register will go into the draw to win an electric vehicle for one month and an e-bike.

EV World, Auckland, August 9 to 11 – more details here.

Freight Futures, Auckland, August 27 to 28 – more details here.

EV World South, Christchurch, November 23 to 24 – more details here.