Freight industry bodies National Road Carriers Association (NRC) and NZ Trucking Association (NTA) have welcomed the appointment of Simeon Brown as Transport Minister in incoming Prime Minister Christopher Luxon’s newly announced Cabinet line-up.
“We look forward to working with Simeon, who we have established a good relationship with over the last year or two,” said NRC CEO Justin Tighe-Umbers.
Transport costs have spiked 17% higher in the September 2023 quarter as diesel prices increased 11% from the previous quarter and the Government reinstated full rates for road user charges.
The figures from National Road Carriers Association’s (NRC) cost index tool collated by economics consultancy Infometrics show road freight costs are going up dramatically at a time when the economy is slowing.
Waka Kotahi’s recommended closure of State Highway 1 through the Brynderwyn Hills for road repairs would be a devastating blow for transport operators serving Northland and the Northland community says National Road Carriers Association (NRC) CEO Justin Tighe-Umbers.
“Many transport operators and businesses are hanging by a thread and a two-month closure of the main arterial at the second busiest time of year would push some to collapse unless they receive Government support,” says Tighe-Umbers. “If it goes ahead it would be yet another serious hit after a triple whammy of pandemic, cyclone and economic slowdown.”
Click here to listen to TVNZ Breakfast interview with NRC Board Member Ian Newey regarding the proposed Brynderwyn's road closure.
Ian shares some valuable insights into why retaining freight access during the proposed works is so critical for Northland. The proposed diversions are not fit for purpose, the detours add 140kms and 2 hours for a return trip and there are real safety concerns due to the quality of the roads.
The freight industry is based on cost per kilometre - so who pays for this additional cost? Consumer will certainly feel the brunt with added costs to groceries and other consumables, but for businesses if they can't afford to pay then they will go under.
With fuel and road user charges costs on the rise and a slowing economy, now is the time for road transport businesses to get onto National Road Carriers Association’s new Customisable Cost Index.
NRC GM Policy and Advocacy James Smith said the next quarter is going to be “a shocker” with road user charges going back up after the discount came off in July, sharp increase in fuel prices from the falling dollar and increasing vehicle prices pushing up finance costs.
New Zealand’s leading transport bodies, New Zealand Trucking Association (NTA) and National Road Carriers (NRC), are excited to announce the launch of the much-anticipated HARMfree Transport and Logistics Online Portal. The industry-leading programme is specifically designed to reduce injury and harm across the transport sector and offers practical tools to help operators reduce workplace risk.
The Northern Infrastructure Forum (NIF) is calling for swift progress on infrastructure delivery from the next government, following the release of a report showing game-changing economic benefits as a result of the proposed Warkworth to Wellsford (W2W) and Cambridge to Piarere (C2P) highways.
The Port of Auckland (POAL) price increase announcement is the latest in a series of hikes besieging the road transport industry which continues to experience significant increases across a range of cost inputs. Escalating costs are threatening the viability of many carriers, and with no cost decreases to mitigate, the reality is domestic freight charges are on the increase.
The Ministry of Transport’s Freight and Supply Chain Strategy released today is a pragmatic document and where we need to go according to freight industry bodies National Road Carriers Association (NRC) and the NZ Trucking Association (NTA).
The Strategy sets out nine strategic goals for the next 10 years. Strategic goals under the heading Infrastructure and Government Systems include decarbonising freight routes and infrastructure, evidence-based decision making for freight, and reliable and adaptive long-term plans for the freight system.
The draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) on land transport, released today confirms a much-needed increase to transport funding is planned.
National Road Carriers Association (NRC) is pleased to see the Government committing to significant investment in roading infrastructure as this reflects the essential role the network plays in supporting the entire New Zealand economy
Teletrac Navman, a leading provider of technology solutions for the transportation industry, is the new naming rights sponsor for the upcoming Technology | Maintenance | Safety Conference and Exhibition (TMS) to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand. The TMS Conference and Exhibition will be known as Teletrac Navman TMS Conference & Exhibition from 11th August. This partnership showcases Teletrac Navman's approach to advancing the road freight industry in New Zealand, in the pursuit of ongoing innovation and collaboration.
Following a concentrated effort to revitalise National Road Carriers (NRC) strategy and ensure the organisation is delivering the best outcomes for members, NRC is moving into phase two of its transformation which is ‘investing in our people’.
CEO, Justin Tighe-Umbers says, “The team is key to NRC’s success and our ability to serve our members into the future. That means getting our organisation structure, roles and processes set so we deliver our service promise to our members and service partners. Reviewing our leadership structure and investing in marketing capability are the next step in the transformation journey. It’s clear that in order to deliver on our strategy, we need to more delivery capacity in the business.
Freight industry body National Road Carriers Association (NRC) agrees with the National Party’s focus on the essentials of building and maintaining the roading network and road resilience in its transport policy announced today.
The National Party’s transport policy is focused on bringing back roads of national significance, resilience projects and better public transport.
The policy promises extending four-lane highways in the northern Golden Triangle, and to Wellington Airport and the Christchurch northern motorway, a nationwide road upgrade programme, and resilience projects in weather-damaged areas including the Brynderwyns, Hawke’s Bay, and upgrading the Napier to Gisborne and Napier to Taupo roads.
The National Party’s pledge in its transport policy announced today to repair potholes within 24 hours and rehabilitate at least two per cent of road surfaces each year has the thumbs up from trucking industry body National Road Carriers Association (NRC).
“Potholes are a continual hazard for road freight deliveries as well as the general public – we’ve seen record numbers of them, and a clear priority to address them is well overdue,” says NRC CEO Justin Tighe-Umbers.
National Road Carriers Association held its 87th AGM on Friday which proved to be a fantastic celebration of the wins the organisation has achieved over the last 12 months. Well attended by members, commercial partners, and industry colleagues from NZ Trucking Association (NTA), the evening was as much about gaining insight into the next phase of the strategy as it was to connect with fellow members.
The New Zealand Intermodal Transport Safety Group (NZITSG) has received official endorsement from WorkSafe on the Good Practice Guide: Safe Operation and Maintenance of Sideloaders (Good Practice Guide) and the programme is now being launched across the transport industry.
The NZITSG was established to address intermodal safety concerns, and is made up of transport operators, original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), industry associations, and industry training provider Mito.
While this year’s Budget addresses the urgent need to respond to the devastation caused by the recent weather events it does not address the long-term funding deficit caused by decades of under-investment in New Zealand’s roading network.
Justin Tighe-Umbers, CEO, National Road Carriers (NRC) says, “As a country we don’t have the luxury of focusing on the nice to haves. If the recent cyclone and flooding has shown us one thing it’s how we urgently need to get the basics right. In terms of roading we need to focus on the three R’s – Resilience, Rebuild and Restorative maintenance.”
Today’s announcement by Transport Minister Michael Wood that the Government is committed to building a bridge to replace SH25A is being welcomed by the transport sector.
“Confirmation the bridge will be able to be delivered quickly, while bringing more resilience to the Coromandel road network means transport operators across the regions now have better surety around what the future will hold for both the affected communities and their businesses,” says Justin Tighe-Umbers, CEO, National Road Carriers Association (NRC).
National Road Carriers Association (NRC) welcomes confirmation today by Minister of Immigration and Transport Michael Wood that Class 4 and 5 truck drivers will be able to apply for residency from 29 September, if they’ve completed a two-year work requirement.
NRC CEO Justin Tighe-Umbers said the two-year work to residence for truck and bus drivers had been agreed with the transport sector and was first announced in December 2022.
It was great to see last week’s Waka Kotahi March edition of Te Pae Kaa Kaa talking about how government agencies and industry are collectively turning the focus on to work-related road safety.
Trucking companies that operate in Northland are breathing a sigh of relief that State Highway 1 over Northland's Brynderwyn Hills will temporarily reopen in both directions from noon today — the first time since Cyclone Gabrielle struck last month.
National Road Carriers Association (NRC) Commercial Transport Specialist Paula Rogers said Northland members are very appreciative that the road across the Brynderwyn Hills is opening earlier than expected.
Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown has hit the cone on the head – it’s time to adopt a more sensible approach to traffic management says National Road Carriers Association (NRC).
The National Road Carriers (NRC) Transport and Logistics Advisory Group has strengthened its sustainability credentials by welcoming Fullers Group Ltd CEO, Mike Horne onboard.
NRC CEO Justin Tighe-Umbers says, “Road transport will be impacted by how hydrogen network infrastructure is solved for maritime, and in many ways the network challenges we face are the same. Investment in the right infrastructure to deliver sustainable energy solutions requires significant investment.
National Road Carriers Association (NRC) is calling for the Government to provide the specifics needed to address New Zealand’s transport infrastructure deficit.
The effects of Cyclone Gabrielle continue to be felt across the North Island and feedback from our members suggests many of our transport community have been significantly impacted, particularly in the hardest hit regions.
We know in times of hardship fellow operators are there, ready to lend a hand, providing emergency support and helping wherever possible. There have been countless stories of the trucking industry stepping up to help friends and colleagues hit by either the recent flooding or the cyclone.
National Road Carriers (NRC) has a proud history of members helping members. That’s why we’re offering our support to both existing and new members.
The Government’s announcement of $250 million for assessing and fixing the roads is a great start, but the final number is going to be significantly higher says National Road Carriers Transport and Logistics Advisory Group Chair Simon Bridges.
National Road Carriers (NRC) and New Zealand Trucking (NTA) are pleased to announce they have signed a memorandum of understanding to work closely together to address common road transport issues and goals.
Together the Associations represent over 3,000 members, who collectively operate 30,000 trucks nationwide. NRC and NTA support their members with legal, financial, employment relations, health & safety, workplace relations, business, and environmental advice. They advocate on behalf of members and work with Central and Local Government on road transport infrastructure and regulations.
The recently completed Waikato Expressway is a cracking example of how first-class infrastructure can unlock the potential of a region, provide tangible economic gains and efficiencies, while delivering much-needed safety outcomes for the transport industry and other road users. In fact, it is so good, that some would suggest the Waikato Expressway should be the blueprint for how future critical roading infrastructure is delivered, minus the 30-year timeframe.
When NRC launched its refreshed business strategy in 2022, the organisation was clear that commercial partnerships were a priority. Insights from the member survey challenged NRC to have wider strategic thinking on delivering business solutions, with 50% of respondents identifying asset finance partners as an area for future focus.
Justin Tighe-Umbers, CEO, NRC says, “Spartan Finance is a great fit for NRC as the two organisations share several synergies.
Fragile road access to Napier has been restored but Gisborne and Wairoa are still cut off by road says Steve Chapple, National Road Carriers Association (NRC) commercial transport specialist for the lower North Island.
Most of the roads across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato are open but the situation in the Coromandel region is still tenuous says National Road Carriers Association (NRC) commercial transport specialist Ian Roberts.
Trucking companies are ready to deliver supplies to places that have been cut off by slips, flooding and tree falls as soon as the roads are passable.
National Road Carriers Association (NRC) CEO Justin Tighe-Umbers says NRC’s 1,500 truck company members, who operate over 20,000 trucks throughout New Zealand, are doing everything they can to keep the supply chain open.
National Road Carriers congratulates Fulton Hogan on the launch of Australasia’s first fully electric mobile asphalt crusher, the Keestrack R3e. It is fantastic to see world-leading innovation being applied to our road building here in New Zealand by one of our members, enabling recycling of asphalt, and removing cost and carbon emissions from the road building process. NRC was impressed to learn an onsite laboratory tests the optimal recycled asphalt mix to ensure the final road build remains of the highest quality. This is yet another excellent example of how the road transport industry is leading the way towards meeting New Zealand’s emission reduction targets.
The freight, waste management, and bus and coach sectors are welcoming today’s announcement of changes to immigration settings, specifically the creation of a new temporary residence pathway for skilled drivers through a sector agreement.
The New Zealand Intermodal Transport Safety Group (NZITSG) has achieved a major milestone today sending the final version of the Good Practice Guide: Safe Operation and Maintenance of Sideloaders (Good Practice Guide) to Worksafe so they can consider it for endorsement.
National Road Carriers Association (NRC) sees the Government’s announcement today to increase onshore fuel holdings to 21 days for diesel as a significant step forward.
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We compete with our Australian friends across the ditch possibly harder than any other nation – on the rugby field, attracting tourists, exporting fine wine – we want to be the best.
And boy have we grown up. No longer merely the ‘small cousin’ to Australia, today we are recognised for being world leaders with our dairy, sheep, and kiwifruit exports, and increasingly for leading in terms of commitments to climate change and decarbonisation.
Following this week’s first NRC Transport and Logistics Advisory Group Meeting, Justin sat down with Chair, Simon Bridges to get his thoughts on Auckland Councils plans to reduce transport emissions.
New Zealand Trucking Association Inc (NTA) and National Road Carriers Inc (NRC) are pleased to confirm the HARMfree Transport initiative has been selected to receive an ACC Workplace Injury Prevention Grant of $850,000 in much needed funding to develop a transport wellbeing hub for the industry.
Changing transport systems is not new for New Zealand. In 1922, Carr & Haslam introduced a petrol-powered Brockway into their horse and cart transport fleet, leading the way for an era of significant change to transport in New Zealand. Today, Carr’s grandson Chris Carr is again leading the way by integrating fully electric FUSO eCanter trucks into their Auckland fleet as a step to a more sustainable future. Despite the increased cost, and some limitations, Carr & Haslam are keen to start paving the way for the New Zealand transport industry to begin meeting its 2035 zero- emission mandates.
New Zealand has badly potholed roads because road maintenance is inadequately funded from pay-as-you-go road user charges (RUC) levied on trucks instead of being well funded and built as core infrastructure from the outset.
National Road Carriers COO James Smith says, “We fund our roads on a consumption model rather than an investment model, so we are constantly falling behind.”
More than 360 transport operators, industry representatives and Government officials descended on the newly opened Te Pae Convention Centre in Christchurch over the weekend for the 2022 Trucking Industry Summit to discuss the big issues facing the industry over the next few years.
Fuel prices are double what they were 12 months ago, new staff are almost impossible to find, and the Government’s road-user charges (RUC) relief scheme is due to end on 21 September.
“There is no relief in sight for the road transport industry,” says National Road Carriers (NRC) COO James Smith. “Could the person with the good news please step forward?
National Road Carriers Association (NRC) is pleased to announce Justin Tighe-Umbers will be joining as CEO from Monday 15 August. The NRC Board partnered with Executive Search experts Hobson Leavy, to undertake a robust process to identify a new CEO who could bring the right mix of commercial leadership, regulatory capability, and stakeholder engagement expertise to the leadership role.
“National Road Carriers is very pleased to confirm the Hon Simon Bridges will be partnering with NRC as Chair of the newly formed Transport and Logistics Advisory Group,” says John Baillie, Chair, National Road Carriers (NRC).
More detail needed on freight emissions reduction target
National Road Carriers is seeking more detail of the Government’s plans to cut freight emissions by 35 percent by 2035 by using low emissions trucks to transport food and other products.
The Government’s Emission Reduction Plan for transport announced today focused almost entirely on personal transport, with just one bullet point committing $20 million to accelerate the decarbonisation of freight transport.
National Road Carriers supports congestion charges but calls for freight to be exempt
As the topic of congestion charging hits the headlines many households will be feeling anxious at the thought of yet another cost as they to stretch out of the weekly wage and make ends meet.
National Road Carriers (NRC) is pleased to announce the secondment of Shafraz Khan and Pamela Bonney to the Board – temporarily providing specialist strategic support until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and scheduled Board elections on 17 June.
Truck operators are extremely concerned about the rising cost of fuel and other operating costs, poor roading and driver shortages.
These are the findings of a just completed survey by National Road Carriers (NRC) of its 1,800 members with respondents ranging from individual owner-drivers through to large trucking companies with more than 100 drivers and support staff.
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