Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Heavier Vehicles Positive Move For All

Heavier Vehicles Positive Move For All

Farmers are pleased the government is considering allowing heavier vehicles on specified routes, said Donald Aubrey, Federated Farmers’ transport spokesperson.

Mr Aubrey was commenting on Transport Minister Annette King’s announcement that the government has agreed to further work on developing a controlled permit system to allow heavier vehicles on some roads.

“Federated Farmers endorses the development of a safe, sustainable and efficient transport system in New Zealand. The transport sector is vital for New Zealand’s primary producers and for the economy as a whole. An increase in the gross vehicle weights limit for trucks would be an excellent step forward for the New Zealand transport sector, Mr Aubrey said.

“Increasing heavy vehicle weights would have positive impacts on health and safety outcomes, environmental outcomes, and economic outcomes – improving the bottom line for all New Zealanders.

“Health and safety outcomes would be improved because with a higher load allowed, fewer truck trips would be necessary. This would result in a reduction in road users’ exposure to trucks – lessening the chance of an accident.

“Environmental outcomes would be improved. Fewer truck trips would result in lower emissions of carbon dioxide, particulate, and nitrogen oxide. The increased weight limit would accelerate the move to more modern vehicles, which are more fuel efficient than the ones they replace, sparing fossil fuels and contributing to the nation’s sustainability.

“Economic outcomes would also be improved. Productivity gains in the transport sector of an estimated 20 to 25 percent would result from fewer truck trips. Cost savings would flow on to New Zealand industries, improving our international competitiveness.

“A 2001 report for Transit NZ showed an increase in gross vehicle weight to 50 tonnes would deliver $500 million in national economic benefits. As such the increase would hasten economic transformation within New Zealand,” said Mr Aubrey.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Collecting Scalpers: Commerce Commission To Sue Viagogo

The Commission will claim that Viagogo made false or misleading representations: • that it was an “official” seller, when it was not • that tickets were limited or about to sell out • that consumers were “guaranteed” to receive valid tickets for their event • about the price of tickets... More>>

ALSO:

Price Of Cheese: Fonterra CEO Goes Early After Milk Price Trimmed

Aug. 15 (BusinessDesk) - Fonterra Cooperative Group chief executive Theo Spierings is leaving the role early after the world's biggest dairy exporter lowered its farmgate payout and trimmed its dividend to retain cash. More>>

ALSO:

9.2 Percent: Gender Pay Gap Second-Smallest On Record

This is the second-smallest gap since the series began 20 years ago. In comparison, the gender pay gap was 9.1 percent in 2012 (the lowest on record) and 9.4 percent last year. More>>

ALSO:

Forest & Bird: Report Find Council Failures On Effluent

The report exposes significant inconsistencies and gaps in how regional councils are enforcing the rules around dairy effluent management. More>>

ALSO:

Mana In Mahi: Helping Young New Zealanders Into Work

Thousands of young people will be given the chance to gain valuable qualifications and meaningful work under the Mana in Mahi – Strength in Work scheme launched by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: Official Cash Rate Unchanged At 1.75 Percent

The Official Cash Rate (OCR) remains at 1.75 percent. We expect to keep the OCR at this level through 2019 and into 2020, longer than we projected in our May Statement. The direction of our next OCR move could be up or down. ... More>>