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ITSNZ Conference in March

Intelligent Transport Systems New Zealand (ITSNZ) announces the T-Tech Transport Innovation Conference, which will be held during the 19-20 March this year.

Aiming to inform, inspire and connect attendees, the T-Tech programme will cover international trends in urban planning, smart city initiatives, transport technology and business models.

T-tech will also update and inform the audience on New Zealand’s strategies and some of the exciting activity underway in response to the opportunities ahead.

Led by Keynote Speaker Greg Lindsay of The New Cities Foundation, T-Tech will feature the highest quality speakers on emerging trends and innovations in transport technology, mobility and urban design. 

Click here to find out more and to register for event updates.

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New commissioner for TAIC

A new appointment has been made within the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced today Paula Rose’s appointment as a commissioner for the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).

As a professional director, Rose brings a strong background in governance and senior management. She has enjoyed a long career in policing, including a period of time as member of the National Road Safety Management Group.

Rose was an independent reviewer for the Independent Police Conduct Authority and was also awarded Companion of the Queens Service Order (QSO) in the 2013 New Year Royal Honours for contribution to policing and the community.

“This appointment will ensure TAIC’s board continues to have the mix of skills and experience it needs,” Bridges says.

Rose has been appointed until June 2018. The Governor-General appoints Commissioners to the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) on recommendation of the Minister of Transport.

The role of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission is to determine the circumstances and causes of accidents, to help avoid similar occurrences in the future.



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475,000 EVs will cut emissions

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) have released the second in a series of reports looking at various energy scenarios to 2050.

The reports look at ways New Zealand can meet its Paris Agreement target by reducing emissions in key industries, such as transport, agriculture and industrial production.

“The challenge of meeting our Paris Agreement target of a 30 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 lies ahead of us,” said BEC Chair Hon David Caygill.

“In taking our scenarios work to the next level we can now better understand the scale of the challenges and nature of the opportunities to reduce emissions.”

Transport makes up 40 per cent of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions, with domestic surface transport taking 43 per cent of that stake, or 16 per cent of total emissions. Personal car use generated 8.3 Mt CO2 in 2010.

The report predicts two scenarios, labelled kayak and waka. In the kayak scenario, a global deal is agreed upon but international communities are weak at reducing emissions. Carbon agreements are ad-hoc and fragmented and the government turns to the market to drive uptake to low-impact technology.

In the waka scenario, global leaders unanimously agree to deals to reduce climate change, and New Zealand governance becomes hands-on to reduce emissions instead of relying on market forces.

By 2030, the BEC claims, personal car transport will produce 8.2 Mt CO2 in the kayak scenario, essentially the same as it is now. In the waka scenario, however, emissions drop to 5.9 Mt CO2.

Fuel consumption in 2030 follows a similar pattern, with a two per cent decline under the kayak scenario and 27 per cent in the waka scenario. In the kayak scenario, a further 277,000 petrol-powered cars are on New Zealand roads.

EV uptake is singled out as the biggest potential reduction in emissions via personal cars. In the kayak scenario, 33,000 EVs are on New Zealand roads by 2030. This number increases to 475,000 in the waka scenario.

“Our two scenarios describe different ways the energy and transport sectors can contribute towards emissions reduction,” Caygill said.

“For the first time across the entire New Zealand energy and transport sectors, we now have modelling that reveals just how sensitive New Zealand’s energy emissions are to the key uncertainties the sector is grappling with.”

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ANCAP results 2016

A total of 45 new ANCAP ratings were published for 2016, with 95 per cent of the vehicles receiving a 5 star rating.

The Mercedes Benz GLC had the highest overall score in ANCAP tests which cover both vehicle occupant and pedestrians. The Mercedes won the AA safest car award for 2016. Mazda CX9 was a close second.

Of the 45 ANCAP rating published in 2016 only two were awarded a 4 star rating, these included MG’s new SUV, the GS and the Haval H9.

General manager of motoring services for the AA, Stella Stocks says the Haval H9 scored well in the areas of side impact and whiplash protection but did not perform well enough in the frontal offset test to enable a rating beyond four stars.  “Lower leg protection was marginal and there was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver,” she says.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes Benz Vito did not fit head-protecting side airbags as standard – a mandatory requirement for a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Following pressure from ANCAP, Mercedes-Benz implemented a mid-cycle production change with all Vito vans produced from July 2016 to have head-protecting side airbags (window bags) as standard.  As a result, all Vito vans built after July 2016 will hold the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating.  “Vito vans produced prior to this which lack head-protecting side airbags hold a 4 star ANCAP safety rating,” says Stocks.

To find out more about the list of vehicles that were rated in 2016, click here.

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Bumper used-import sales for 2016

As many industry insiders have predicted, 2016 has been a very good year for used-imported car sales.

In terms of year-on-year sales, there were 149,526 used-imported cars sold in 2016 – 4.1 per cent ahead of 2015, when 143,642 units were sold.

December increased 4.6 per cent on the same month last year with 13,181 sales compared to 12,598 in December 2015.

The Nissan Tiida continued its dominance as the number-one selling used import with 775 sales for the month, and 7,529 for the year – with a five per cent market share for 2016.

The usual culprits were Mazda Axela in second place with a market share for the year of 4.4 percent and 6,639 sales, followed by Suzuki Swift with 6,283 registrations and a market share, for the year, of 4.2 per cent.

Toyota cemented its place as the number-one used imported car brand. It sold 37,557 units in 2016 for a market share of 25.1 per cent, Nissan and Mazda were second and third place respectively with unit sales of 28,145 and 22,663 and 18.8 and 15.2 per cent market share for the past 12 months.

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Seeport festival

Ports of Auckland is inviting interested parties to step behind the iconic red fence and find out more about what goes on at Captain Cook wharf.

Following on from the success of the 2016 festival, where 60,000 visited the port, 2017 will be bigger and better with in-air helicopter displays, family-friendly rides, tours and day-long entertainment on and off the water – including the SeePort Sunset Symphony & Fireworks with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and special guests.

A lucky few will also be given the opportunity to experience the port from the heights of a crane and the Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel, HMNZS Taupo.

The festival will kick off with an official opening at 10am on Sunday 29th January. For more information, click here.

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Northern Corridor progress

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has accepted the NZ Transport Agency’s application for the construction of the Northern Corridor Improvements project.

“This is one of the Government’s top priority transport projects for Auckland and will make a noticeable difference to the city’s transport network,” Transport Minister, Simon Bridges says.

The project will build a continuous motorway route from the North Shore connecting with the Western Ring Route, providing an additional route to State Highway 1, as well as extending the Northern Busway.

Once completed, the dedicated busway will operate through to Albany Bus Station, improving journey time reliability and time savings for bus passengers on the Northern Express route.

It will also improve local road links, and create more than 5kms of new walking and cycling paths.

“These improvements will work cohesively to further improve transport options on the North Shore, opening up access to the Western Ring Route and the airport,” Bridges says.

“This will work to ease congestion and provide better connections between the North Shore and the growing populations in neighbouring areas in the north and north west of the city.”

The EPA will now make recommendations to the Minister of the Environment relating to the national significance of the project and the appropriate consenting process for the NZ Transport Agency to follow.

Public consultation will take place early next year with construction planned to start in 2018.

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Bridges still Transport Minister

Simon Bridges has moved up the ranks of the National Party to the top five in Cabinet.

The former Energy and Transport Minister now holds the Economic Development portfolio and has taken on the Associate Finance and Communications roles, as well as remaining as the Transport Minister.

Meanwhile, Hamilton East MP David Bennett has taken over the role of associate Transport minister.

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Strategy open for consultation

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has opened public consultation on a national renewable energy strategy.

The draft replacement of the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy is planned to assist New Zealand in making use of its clean, renewable energy sources.

“Energy efficiency and increased use of our renewables are critical for our environment and our economy,” Mr Bridges says.

“This strategy will aim to steer businesses, individuals and the Government towards taking actions that enable our transition towards a smarter, lower-carbon and more productive economy.”

The strategy covers the period 2017-2022 and will focus on three priority areas including transport, the heat used in industrial and manufacturing processes and innovative and efficient use of electricity.

”It also complements Government initiatives already underway such as the Electric Vehicles Programme, which will take advantage of New Zealand’s renewable electricity and reduce transport emissions by accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles.”

The strategy was developed in consultation with a range of targeted stakeholder groups with the public consultation process seeking views to inform the development of the final strategy, for release in 2017.

Submissions can be made here and close 5pm, February 7, 2017.

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Volvo’s Gran Artic

In order to cut down on traffic and reduce emissions, vehicle manufacturers are working on clever new products such as road-trains.

For Volvo, the Gran Artic 300 could be the answer to cutting down on the need for increasing amounts of public transport options.

The biarticulated chassis of the Gran Artic can haul 300 passengers at a time and is measured at just under 31 metres long.

The baby Artic, available in 150 and 180 passenger variants, takes up 19 and 21 metres of urban road, respectively. The Super Artic 210 is just under a metre longer than the Artic 180 but can handle an extra 30 passengers.

According to Fabiano Todeschini, head of Volvo Bus Latin America, the vehicles will provide more efficient transportation systems, offering a higher quality for the passengers and improved cost efficiency for the transport operators.

There is no information yet on when the company will start selling its new buses, however the range will include city buses, intercity buses and tourist coaches.

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Freight demand doubles

Ports of Auckland (POAL), Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) and Kiwirail are working together in order to make up for the freight demand which has doubled following the earthquake on Monday.


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