Justin's Transport Minute

This week got off to a flying start with our announcement that NRC has formalised our working relationship with NZ Trucking Association (NTA). We’ve been working together since 1988 and have delivered some great collaborations for members including the Trucking Industry Summit, Trucking Industry Show and HARMfree Transport. Formalising our partnership was a natural next step and means we can now tap into the specific expertise of each organisation and maximise our individual strengths for the benefit of our members and the industry as a whole. Collectively, we represent the largest number of transport operators with drivers all across New Zealand, and by coming together we can accelerate some of the important work we have in place enabling us to deliver solutions faster for our members.

NTA CEO, Dave Boyce and I wasted no time kicking off the partnership, on Wednesday we met in Wellington with the Director of Land Transport, Kane Patena, to talk through upcoming opportunities to improve regulatory outcomes for the trucking industry. The NRC team are excited to be affiliated with NTA, we have some great events planned for members this year including the Trucking Industry Summit coming up mid-year at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland. Keep an eye out for more details on this event - it’s taking shape and promises to be a great mix of industry information sharing and networking.

As the effects of the cyclone continue to be felt, it is fantastic that this week our partner Mobil provided NRC members with an addition 2 cents off per litre. Mobil recognise the challenges the cyclone is having on the transport industry and providing this additional support will no doubt be appreciated by members during these challenging times.

We have been getting a lot of feedback from members who are really struggling in the wake of the recent flooding and cyclone, particularly in the regions hardest hit. We have reached out to our transport community appealing to members to do what they do best – offer help and connect each other with support. NRC has created a cyclone support package to help operators battling physical damage to their yards and gear, as well as extra costs from road closures and diversions. We know some operators are finding the sheer volume of issues overwhelming and putting solutions in place can feel unsurmountable. It’s not, and our specialist team are here to help, together with our partners who have a range of bespoke assistance solutions.

If you know of an operator, member or not, who you think could benefit from our support, please connect us. Simply ring the team on 0800 686 777. We’re here to help.


CEO | National Road Carriers Assn

DDI: +64 9 636 2951 | E: justin.tighe-umbers@natroad.co.nz | www.natroad.co.nz

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