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If I get pulled over, what will the police check regarding my load of dangerous goods?

In New Zealand, in most cases, if you are transporting dangerous goods you are required to abide by the Land Transport Dangerous Goods Rule 2005 and, as such, you are liable for prosecution if you do anything that contravenes the

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How to placard your vehicle when carrying dangerous goods

Any vehicle or combination (e.g. tractor unit and trailer) transporting dangerous goods that are a potential hazard to any person or property or to the environment must display placards or special marks as appropriate to the nature, quantity and use

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Can you transfer an Australian truck licence to a New Zealand truck licence?

If you have a full Australian truck licence you can convert it to an equivalent New Zealand licence. MR (medium rigid) can be converted to class 2. HR (heavy rigid) can be converted to class 4 Combination vehicle licences (HC

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What is a curtainsider?

A curtainside truck or trailer has canvas curtains on rails down the side that can be drawn back to allow easy loading and unloading by a forklift from either side. Behind the curtains is a flat deck truck. The roof

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Easy car repairs that you can do yourself

Owning a car is a big responsibility because you need to maintain your vehicle regularly to reduce the risk of any road mishaps that can be prevented if your car is in its good running condition. You may need to

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What is a truck-loader crane or truck-mounted crane?

A truck loader crane, truck-mounted crane, HIAB or ‘crane truck’ is a crane that is mounted to a truck, either just behind the cab or just behind the deck. It’s designed to lift goods on and off the truck and

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Are you allowed to smoke with children in the car?

It is against the law for anyone to smoke in a motor vehicle which is carrying anyone under 18 years old (i.e. aged 0-17). Under the Smoke-Free Environments Amendment Bill, police will be able to issue an infringement fee (fine)

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When doesn’t the Dangerous Goods legislation apply?

The Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods 2005 governs the carriage of dangerous goods in New Zealand, but in some cases, certain services are not required to abide by the Rule. These circumstances could be because the dangerous goods being carried

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What is TORO (Transport Operator Register Online)

Transport operators have a legal obligation and an obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to ensure that their drivers are licensed and competent to drive. It’s possible that a driver could lose their licence, not tell

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A guide to selling a worn-out vehicle

You might love your car – it doesn’t matter if it’s a brand new Ferrari, or the same beat-up Toyota your grandfather gave you when you first started driving – but sooner or later, that love affair will fade, most

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Car care techniques that professionals don’t want you to know

Keeping your car clean and hygienic is important because not only can it actually increase the value of your vehicle, but will also make your vehicle last longer. In making your vehicle look shiny and new, you have the option

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Cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings

More pedestrian crossings are being constructed where a cycle lane also exists. Who has the right of way? There are two scenarios: There’s currently no legislation to define the right of way of cyclists crossing in this manner (it was

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Do you need to keep a logbook for a class 1 truck?

You can drive this tipper on a car licence, so do you need to keep a logbook when driving it? It’s an area where you can easily get caught out. The legislation says that you must keep a logbook if

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How do you get a bus licence?

To drive a bus on a public road in New Zealand you will need the correct class of licence plus a P endorsement, which you can apply for through NZTA. Licence classes Licence classes are organised by maximum vehicle weight

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What’s power take-off (PTO) on a truck?

Trucks often have attachments or features that need power to operate. For example: A truck loader crane has both the crane and a mechanical grabber attachment A lines truck has a knuckle boom crane with a bucket for lifting someone

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Should you cut through a car park or petrol station forecourt to avoid a traffic light?

Does it annoy you when people cut a corner through a car park or petrol station? You’re not alone, but is it OK to do it? Here are the advantages: Less time idling or crawling slowly in traffic means less

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How do you sanitise your car or truck?

To ensure that your vehicle is completely sanitised to reduce the risk of catching a transmissible disease such as COVID-19, follow these steps: When cleaning, you must wear gloves. A face mask and safety goggles must be used if working

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and online driver training

To eliminate unnecessary travel and reduce your drivers’ exposure to strangers in confined environments, online driver training is an excellent option to continue to meet your training requirements. During self-isolation, a driver can use online training to: Refresh knowledge Learn

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How to prepare for motorbike lessons

Decided to make the move from a four-wheeled cage to a two-wheeled chariot? Good call. You won’t regret it!  Unfortunately though, making that decision is just the first part of what can be an intimidating process for many. You need

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Save fuel in your truck by reducing engine idle time

If you’ve seen a modern sleeper cab then you’ll know how luxurious they can be. It’s not uncommon for drivers that do long journeys to have a flat-screen TV, microwave, gaming console, refrigerator and laptop available to them. Keeping the

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