MEMBERS - NEWS & INFORMATION
22/10/2019: Fatigue and Distraction are becoming major factors of road accidents in New Zealand
25/09/2019: Wynn Williams – legal advice and support
RTANZ partners with the law firm Wynn Williams who have an excellent working knowledge of the transport industry through existing strong client relationships with transport industry leaders and provide services across all areas of law. Visit their RTANZ home page on their website to find out what they are offering RTANZ members and catch up on industry related articles with essential advice for your business.
24/092019: Survey on road transport costs
Road transport operators are invited to take part in the Road Transport Forum’s Road Transport Cost Comparison Survey.
The online survey questionnaire provides valuable financial data for businesses and the wider industry.
By taking part in this survey, operators get access to the information it collects – anonymised for collective purposes, and a free individualised report, presenting important information about how a business’s financial overheads and returns compare within the industry.
A regular comparative index of operating costs has been produced for more than 30 years and is conducted every four to five years. The University of Waikato and the New Zealand Institute for Business Research (NZIBR) have been commissioned to conduct the survey.
The Road Transport Forum says the survey is critical to the continuation of the RTF Road Transport Cost Index and relies on the participation of operators to make it work. “The Cost Index is a critical tool for the industry to determine and justify minimum freight rates. This is evidenced by the number of companies that use the index for this purpose.
“Without member participation the credibility of the Cost Index become questionable and ultimately if there are insufficient responses, the index will be withdrawn. The aim is to get at least 200 operators to participate.”
To participate in the survey, you will first need to register at www.management.ac.nz/register/rtfnz
There is one requirement: Only those businesses that can separate the financial information pertaining to road transport operations should register for this survey.
The survey will close on October 15.
For more details download the RTFNZ memo, or call: the RTFNZ office on (04) 472-3877 or the NZIBR on (07) 838-4013 or email
02/08/2019: RTFNZ 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.
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.