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11/05/2018: Strict guidelines in place to counter Mycoplasma bovis
Transport operators are advised to follow strict MPI guidelines as the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis takes its toll on New Zealand farms.
So far the disease has been reported on farms in Southland, Otago, Canterbury, and Hawkes Bay. All properties have been linked to an original group of infected farms through animal movements. No animals or at risk goods can leave the infected farms, where cattle is being culled.
MPI says confirmation of new infected properties is not the result of the disease spreading. “Biosecurity New Zealand finds these properties by tracking animal movements from infected or suspect farms – which, in most cases, took place before Mycoplasma bovis was known to be present in New Zealand. More farms than previously expected are likely to be affected by the disease.”
Transport operators are advised to note the following key points:
- Trucking companies to work with farmers to meet their hygiene requirements;
- All properties under a Restricted Place Notice require permits to move animals between properties and to slaughter. Places under Notices of Direction require permits to move animals onto (not off) the place. Movements across the Cook Strait are not permitted;
- The permits require the truck to be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each movement;
- All infected farms are under strict legal controls under the Biosecurity Act. These controls include a comprehensive cleaning and disinfection protocol which MPI provided to them This makes sure vehicles have a very small biosecurity risk;
- All vehicles are cleaned and disinfected before leaving properties. Vehicles carrying animals – for example, transporters to the meat processing premises – are disinfected on exit, going directly to the meat processor (not to other farms) and then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the plant on completing the job;
- MPI agree transporters should be able to claim compensation for costs associated with transporting and handling infected livestock.
For details on the comprehensive cleaning and disinfection protocol click here
For the latest update on Mycoplasma bovis click here
MPI has an email address for inquiries: Mbovis2017_liaison@mpi.govt.nz
11/5/2018: NZTA to cover recertification costs
The New Zealand Transport Agency has agreed to cover the cost of re-certifications and any necessary repairs to vehicles affected by the Peter Wastney Engineering Ltd revocation notice.
NZTA has revoked certifications for 359 trucks fitted with drawbeams , 257 trailers fitted with drawbars, and 802 heavy vehicle towbars, all certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Ltd, of Nelson, due to serious safety concerns.
Most of the affected vehicles are located in the Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman, and West Coast areas.
The agency is working with heavy vehicle engineers to provide additional certifiers at temporary sites in Blenheim, Nelson, Greymouth, and Westport to fast-track inspections and re-certifications.
Heavy trucks fitted with affected drawbeams can remain on the road, but must not be used to tow trailers until the drawbeams are removed, replaced, or inspected and recertified. Heavy trailers with affected drawbars cannot be operated until the drawbars are replaced or inspected and recertified.
The agency issued a heavy vehicle safety alert in February. Investigations were conducted following a drawbeam failure in August 2017 which resulted in a heavy trailer disconnecting from a truck and striking an embankment on SH6 near Nelson.
An independent engineering review found that some towing connections were not adequately designed for the loads for which they had been certified. Wastney’s status as an approved heavy vehicle certifier was suspended in September 2017.
NZTA Operational Standards Manager Craig Basher says the agency is working with the Road Transport Forum and others to provide support and additional resources to ensure that inspections, re-certifications, and repairs can be completed as quickly as possible.
However, Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Shirley has labelled the situation “a fiasco” and has blamed NZTA for not acting soon enough.
“The industry is disappointed that NZTA’s auditing and accreditation processes did not pick up the problems with Wastney’s certifications much earlier. The sheer number of vehicles affected shows a significant lack of regulatory oversight.
“Road transport operators are the victims here and while I encourage them to pursue lost business costs from Peter Wastney and his insurers, NZTA must take some responsibility for this and make sure they get on top of their regulatory failings,” says Shirley.
More information: nzta.govt.nz/pwe-revocation, or call 0800 699 000.