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What is a driver licence stop order or DLSO?

Let’s say you’ve had some fines that are overdue or you have been ordered to pay reparation but haven’t. In this case, the Ministry of Justice might impose a driver licence stop order and suspend your driver licence. How long

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How do you do a U-turn?

A U-turn is a manoeuvre where you turn the car 180 degrees so that you’re facing in the other direction. Rules The Road Code states that traffic doing a U-turn gives way to all other traffic. You must not do

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Rats in your car engine: what to do

In the colder months, rats will look for a nice warm place to nest, and your engine bay is the perfect dark, enclosed shelter away from the wind and rain. Rats are also attracted to some of the materials in

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How would flying cars revolutionise New Zealand transport?

Permitting flying cars to New Zealand would generate some significant changes, both positive and negative. New Zealand is a relatively sparsely populated country that is mostly urbanised. It has some difficult terrain with a mountain range running from the bottom

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What should you do if your vehicle breaks down?

If your vehicle breaks down, the things to consider are: In all cases, if your vehicle is causing a danger to other road users, advise the police on *555. If you have a breakdown service, call them. If you are

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You received a fine for being overweight on one or more axles. Why, and what can you do?

Working out how much your truck can weigh on each axle is complex and, if you get it wrong, you can receive a fine if CVST weighs your truck. Most people who receive fines have either been given the wrong

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How does wind speed affect sideloaders, forklifts, EWPs and truck loader cranes?

Four different vehicles, but one risk factor that needs to be considered before operating or lifting with them. The bigger the object being carried, the more wind resistance it creates, so the more force will be exerted on the machine.

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Why don’t we have to redo a driving test every few years?

When you look around, you’ll see plenty of examples of bad driving and you might be wondering why it’s not compulsory to do some form of ongoing driver training every few years, especially as migrants from 25 countries don’t need

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What is twin-steer on a truck?

Four- and five-axle trucks have a twin-steer tandem axle set at the front. This enables the truck or tractor unit to carry more weight. Rather than only being able to legally support 6000kg, 7200kg or 7600kg, which is the rating

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Common sideloader accidents and how to avoid them

Sideloaders can lift containers exceeding 30 tonnes, and whenever you’re dealing with a heavy, suspended weight, there are always hazards. It’s important to get sideloader or sidelifter training to understand how to operate the sideloader safely, and to understand the

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Bridge strikes: what are they and how can you prevent them?

New Zealand has a large number of roads that pass under bridges for roads, rail and pedestrians. The legal maximum height for a vehicle before a permit is required is 4.3m, and the majority of bridges fall into that category,

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How to avoid trapping and crushing injuries when using a scissor lift or boom lift

Trapping and crushing injuries are all too easy on scissor lifts and boom lifts. They have lots of moving parts, they can work in hazardous areas getting close to other objects, and they move with force (there’s some weight behind

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Pedestrian safety around EWPs – how to reduce EWP accidents on worksites

Accidents between EWPs and pedestrians can be serious. Because EWP operation is high-risk, EWP training is required every 3 years. EWPs move slowly and generally have good visibility for the operator, so accidents involving them and pedestrians due to driving

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How do you choose an internal person to be your EWP assessor/trainer/supervisor?

WorkSafe says that “Trainers and supervisors of workers should be competent. They can be in-house or from external organisations.” As everyone is in the chain of responsibility, this enables you to choose a person in your company to look after

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What is a certificate of fitness?

Heavy vehicles (trucks, heavy trailers and motorhomes over 3500kg), passenger service vehicles (taxis, shuttles and buses), and rental vehicles must have a certificate of fitness check (CoF) every six months. It’s like a warrant of fitness (WoF) for a commercial

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What is the 4-second rule?

You’ve probably heard of the 2-second rule. It’s a rule that light vehicle drivers can use in dry weather on good road surfaces to maintain a reasonably safe following distance to a vehicle in front. You simply count two seconds

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How do you safely drive a forklift on the road?

Roads have more uncontrolled dangers than warehouses and factories when it comes to operating a forklift. For this reason, forklift operators must hold both an F endorsement and operator’s certificate, plus the right class of licence (class 1 for forklifts

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How to design the perfect garage for your car hobby

If you’re partial to a bit of tinkering with your vehicle, a garage or large shed is essential so that you can keep your tools safe, and so that you have a sheltered place where you can take things to

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How to avoid a fire in an EV (electric vehicle)

Electric vehicles are far less likely to catch fire than vehicles powered by petrol or diesel, but when they do, it’s more difficult to bring the fire under control due to the structure of the battery cells and lithium’s properties.

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Working as a driver or operator during hot weather

Summer presents some major challenges for drivers and machine operators. Here’s how you can stay safe: Fatigue Hot, muggy nights disrupt your sleep, as does an early sunrise. Invest in a low-noise fan and thermometer for your bedroom, and some

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