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Who can legally tow your vehicle, or ask for it to be towed?

Public property Police officers and parking wardens have the authority to organise your vehicle to be towed. A tow authority must be completed before the tow truck driver can tow your car. A tow authority contains information about the vehicle

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Are you allowed to park on the footpath?

Narrow streets and a lack of off-street parking are often causes of people parking on the footpath, so that they don’t get their wing mirrors clipped by other motorists. Unless there’s a dashed yellow line prohibiting parking, people are usually

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Is reverse parking safer than parking forwards?

There are three types of parking: Parallel parking Bay parking Angle parking Parallel parking Parallel parking is when you park with the wheels up against the kerb. If the available space is at least three times the length of the

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What is a skeletal trailer and how do you load them?

A skeletal trailer is a lightweight semitrailer most commonly used for transporting one or two shipping containers. Shipping containers are intermodal – they can be loaded onto a ship, unloaded using a crane, moved using a forklift, empty container handler,

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What’s a sleeper cab and how should truck drivers use them?

Trucks have either a day cab, rest cab or sleeper cab. A day cab has one compartment which contains the driver and passenger seats with nothing behind them (or perhaps just a small space for personal belongings). Day cabs almost

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What size forklift do you need to lift a shipping container?

Shipping containers are usually lifted or moved by one of six vehicles: Empty container handler Loaded container handler (a heavier version of the empty container handler) Reach stacker Crane Straddle carrier Side loader Forklift The first five usually lift from

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Is a vehicle a place of work by law?

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, a vehicle is considered as a place of work. Vehicles include roadgoing vehicles as well as off-road vehicles such as LUVs, forklifts and farm equipment. Statistics for incidents and accidents involving

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What is a tanker truck?

Tanker trucks are a convenient way to move around bulk liquids, gases and powders. Sizes are variable, from small fuel trucks and biohazard waste trucks up to large b-trains and semitrailers. The tank can either be attached to the truck

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What is a limited licence and how do I get one?

A limited licence, sometimes called a ‘work licence’ gives you the right to drive under certain conditions, even if you have been suspended or disqualified from driving. You will have to present your case to a judge and convince them

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Does your forklift need warning beacons and reversing alarms?

Are warning lights, alarms and other safety devices legally required to operate a forklift? There are thousands of forklifts still in operation that were purchased over 30 years ago. These are perfectly good forklifts operating in all kinds of capacities.

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What’s the difference between driver licence suspension and disqualification?

A suspension happens to your licence – the licence becomes temporarily invalid, therefore you can’t use it to drive. A disqualification happens to the driver – the driver becomes unable to drive or hold a licence, whether they have a

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Can you drift or do burnouts on the road if you remain in control?

The Land Transport Act 1998 36A describes a number of antisocial vehicle-related activities which attract fines or other penalties. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are behind the wheel – you could be an ex-F1 driver and still be prosecuted.

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Hydraulic system checks on forklifts, loaders, excavators and other machinery

What do hydraulic systems do? Hydraulic systems are used to raise, lower, turn, contract, expand, turn and otherwise move attachments and parts of many different types of equipment such as forklifts, backhoes, excavators, loaders and truck loader cranes. When an

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Is it difficult to drive on the other side of the road?

It’ll be a mental challenge for you when you first get in a car and drive on the other side of the road, but your brain will adapt quickly. There are just a few pitfalls you need to be aware

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How can you unload or load a truck without a forklift?

A forklift is usually the best way to unload palletised freight from a truck, but if you don’t have a forklift, what can you use? Manual pallet jack Cheap, durable, but a bit dangerous if you’re on a slope. A

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What increases accident and injury risks on a motorbike?

While everyone knows that riding a motorbike comes with more risks of injury than driving a car, there are choices motorcycle riders can make that make crash risk much worse. Sports bikes: riders on these have a greater risk of

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How do you drive on mountain roads?

Heading away snowboarding this winter? You’ll almost certainly need to drive on mountain roads, as you will if you are crossing the ranges for work or family visits. Roads on mountains vary from well-maintained state highways down to rough tracks.

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Exterior checks required for a truck and trailer pre-trip inspection

We’ve covered the interior cab checks a driver should do in a pre-trip inspection. Here are the exterior checks. There are two ways to do it: all around the truck and trailer in one direction, then all around in the

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What’s a hubodometer or hubo?

A hubo or hubodometer measures the distance a vehicle has travelled by counting axle revolutions and displaying them on a counter. In New Zealand, they must be calibrated to read in kilometres. How are hubodometers used? Accurate trailer mileage: trailers

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What is diesel exhaust fluid (AdBlue) and why is it used?

Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) helps heavy vehicle drivers achieve Euro-5 emission control standards by reducing the level of nitrogen oxides emitted. As the spotlight is turned on pollution caused by diesel vehicles, it has gained popularity due to European trucks

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