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27/11/2019: More revocations for Peter Wastney certifications

Notices of revocation are being sent to a further 349 vehicle owners with a towbar, drawbar, or drawbeam certified by Peter Wastney, of Peter Wastney Engineering Ltd (PWE).

The NZ Transport Agency is issuing the revocation notices following an investigation into the certifications.

Safety is the agency’s top priority, says Acting Senior Manager, Regulatory Services, Neil Adams.

Vehicle owners affected by this decision will receive a letter with more details, including information on financial support.

Because many heavy vehicle specialist certifiers (HVSCs) already have waiting lists in place, vehicle owners will be granted a longer than usual exemption period of 18 months.

Exemptions are granted as follows:

1. Vehicle owners with towbars and drawbeams have received an exemption to continue operating their vehicle as long as they do not use the towbar or drawbeam to tow. This exemption remains in place until 31 May 2021 and the component requires recertification by a heavy vehicle specialist operator (HVSC) by that date. If the towbar or drawbeam needs to be used to tow another vehicle/trailer, it will need to be recertified immediately before being used.

2. Trailers with drawbars can’t be operated until the drawbar is recertified by a HVSC. Drawbars have an exemption to be used once only where:

• the trailer is unladen (not carrying anything), and

• it is used solely for the purpose of bringing it into compliance, and

• it is safe to be used unladen (no visual cracks, fatigue or other damage to the drawbar).

The costs of any new certifications for towbars, drawbars, and drawbeams will be met by the Transport Agency. This includes inspection, recertification and any repair, replacement, or removal costs required to rectify the component.

For more details, see: nzta.govt.nz/pwe-revocation (from December 1); call 0800 699 000; or email: info@nzta.govt.nz

12/11/2019: NAIT bill changes to affect transport operators

Parliament's Primary Production Committee reported back on recommended changes to the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Amendment Bill (No 2).

Various amendments have been recommended following submissions on behalf of concerned parties including livestock transport operators. 

Chair of the National Livestock Transport and Safety Group, Don Wilson, is cautiously optimistic. "It seems the select committee listened to our NAIT concerns and have tried to address/accommodate them. While that appears the case, we must remember that this issue is still being discussed in Parliament and what the select committee has suggested might not be taken fully on board or implemented like we would like to see.

What is apparent is that the July roadshow/regional visits were an excellent way to demonstrate to government how united and serious industry is on this.

  • "I think the most relevant part of the select committee report for us is contained in the 'Obligation for anyone moving NAIT animals' section. 
  • The select committee is attempting to exempt transport operators from liability for moving untagged NAIT animals if certain criteria are met.

 

That would be reliant on obtaining a declaration from the PICA [Person In Charge of Animals] stating that the animal or animals were correctly tagged, and had been correctly identified and registered in the system."

Here is the link to the committee's report.

30/10/2019: NZTA reviewing speeds on highways nationwide

The NZ Transport Agency is currently reviewing speed limits on at least 26 highways throughout New Zealand in a bid to improve safety on the roads. Proposals include lowering some stretches from 100kph to 80kph and others from 70kph to 60kph. Find out more.

22/10/2019: Fatigue and Distraction are becoming major factors of road accidents in New Zealand

AutoSense have pulled together a toolkit for businesses to help get the message across to your teams that fatigue and distraction are an issue when driving. Find out more.

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.

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.

Find out more

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: