50MAX grows…and grows

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

KIWI TRANS­PORT OP­ER­A­TORS ARE CON­TIN­U­ING TO adopt High Pro­duc­tiv­ity Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles (HPMVs) as network ac­cess also con­tin­ues to grow.

e pop­u­lar­ity of the safer and more pro­duc­tive trucks – par­tic­u­larly those run­ning on 50MAX per­mits – has been demon­strated in the New Zealand Trans­port Agency’s lat­est quar­terly gures, from Jan­uary through to March….with around 112 mil­lion kilo­me­tres trav­elled by 50MAX ve­hi­cles.

at was up from 82 mil­lion kilo­me­tres trav­elled dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2016 – thus an in­crease of 36%.

e NZTA says that “this up­take of 50MAX in the rst three months of 2017 has avoided an es­ti­mated 10-15 mil­lion kilo­me­tres of travel, with es­ti­mated bene ts to the econ­omy of around $20-30mil­lion.”

e Agency says that changes that took e ect last month make a 50MAX per­mit faster to get and eas­ier to use. Op­er­a­tors now get one na­tion­wide per­mit, rather than a North Is­land or South Is­land per­mit. Re­new­ing per­mits will also be eas­ier as op­er­a­tors us­ing the same ve­hi­cle will not need to re­sub­mit an at­tributes sheet and a new web­site in­ter­face will speed up the ap­pli­ca­tion process, says the NZTA.

e Agency says that the ad­di­tion of two more lo­cal coun­cils to the 50MAX-1Net­work per­mit sys­tem, means that 50MAX ve­hi­cles can now op­er­ate on ap­proved-ac­cess lo­cal roads from Cape Reinga to Blu .

e South­land and Far North District Coun­cils have al­lowed 50MAX ac­cess in the past three months, bring­ing the num­ber of coun­cils signed-up to the sin­gle per­mit sys­tem up to 61.

“is is a great mile­stone for the 50MAX pro­gramme, com­plet­ing the jig­saw of ma­jor and lo­cal freight routes from the top to the bot­tom of NZ,” says Trans­port Agency freight strat­egy man­ager Mar­i­nus La Rooij.

“It’s also a re­minder that ac­cess for 50MAX can and will change, so op­er­a­tors need to.... keep check­ing our on­line maps reg­u­larly to en­sure they know ex­actly which routes they can use,” he says.


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