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16/05/2019: NZTA Safety Alert - Park Brake Failures 

Park brake control valve maintenance and operational requirements for Nissan CK330, CW330, CW380, CW400, CM180, CW400 and CG400 vehicles manufactured between 1993 and 2005.

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09/05/2019: Career Pathways: Why join the trucking industry?

Transportation and logistics are one of the most significant sectors for economic development and makes a significant contribution to the New Zealand economy, and provides young people with excellent opportunities for pursuing careers.

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08/04/2019: Certifications revoked following Patrick Chu investigation

The NZ Transport Agency has immediately revoked the certifications of around 300 drawbars and drawbeams on heavy vehicles and trailers.

Up to 1,700 further certifications have also been revoked, but the vehicle owners will either be eligible to apply for exemptions, or in most cases, will have exemptions automatically applied.

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01/03/2019: Operator Rating System (ORS) update

Members should no longer rely on the Operator Rating System (ORS) as a measure of a commercial transport operator’s performance and safety, the NZ Transport Agency says.

The agency says ORS is no longer an accurate tool owing to a variety of factors. These include insufficient data being provided by police, as well as the emergence of “pre-CoFing” – a practice where compliance issues are checked and fixed before undertaking a formal Certificate of Fitness (CoF) assessment, which is recorded for input into the ORS.

The agency also says “system limitations” mean the ORS does not include other significant safety and compliance information.

The agency says it is now up to any person or business who wants assurance of an operator’s safety and compliance to request information from that operator. “Operators should be able to demonstrate the safety systems and processes they have in place to achieve this.”

The agency is reviewing ORS and has put issuing of ratings on hold. Rating letters were due to be sent out to operators in February. “The ORS review is still scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year and is now likely to be considered in the context the wider regulatory compliance review. Please be assured that the review will seek input from key stakeholders including industry to scope future options.

“One potential option is developing a new accurate, evidence-based measurement system that incorporates a wide range of safety and compliance measures. As you will appreciate our future system must be fit for purpose, durable and contribute to increased safety and compliance across the commercial transport sector.”

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04/03/2019: Additional measures for exporters needed in response to fruit fly discovery

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has issued new requirements for exporters in response to the discovery of fruit fly in Auckland.

MPI has implemented an Export Restriction Zone (ERZ) around the Northcote, Auckland detection site. Fruit fly host material cannot be harvested, packed or stored in this zone.

Host material intended for export that transits ERZ must be harvested, packed and stored outside the ERZ, and pest-proofed during transit.

These requirements apply only to host material intended for export to countries that name Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni) as a quarantine pest.

An up-to-date host list for Queensland fruit fly host material is available here.

Detailed requirements and guidance for the export of fruit fly host material are available here.

These requirements are in addition to Controlled Area requirements.

The Controlled Area is managed separately to the ERZ. More information on transiting the controlled areas, as well as more details about the fruit fly discovery, is available on the MPI website here.

01/03/2019: Road conditions and road closures

NZTA provide regulary updated information about current road conditions and closures.

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