NZ Intermodal Transport Safety Group formed

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 20, 2018

A new body has been formed to establish and maintain best practice safety and compliance standards for all road transport operators loading, handling and delivering intermodal imported and exported freight.

The NZ Intermodal Transport Safety Group (NZITSG) is to address the significant safety and other issues associated with the interface between road transport and other modes associated with import and export freight.

The NZITSG provides the road transport industry a single and convenient portal to talk with government, officials, port management, manufacturers and other stakeholders affecting road freight operators working in the import/export arena.

“We can achieve a lot more to improve safety and compliance once all the key industry players are working collaboratively than we can doing our own separate things,” says group chair Murray Young.

“It also makes sense for the industry to have information disseminated down through the group and on to the businesses affected rather than having each company trying to engage with WorkSafe NZ, ports, manufacturers and training institutions on their own.”

As a sign of the industry‘s commitment to improving workplace safety, 21 separate transport companies were involved at the NZITSG‘s initial meeting in August. At that meeting the group‘s members were elected, essentially representing the interests of the majority of road freight transporters operating in this space.

The group‘s first major project will be to improve sidelifter safety. A number of companies have shared internal policy that will be incorporated into an industry code of practice for the use of sidelifters.

The NZITSG is also engaging with Worksafe NZ, manufacturers and educational and qualification institutions such as MITO to assist with development of the code of practice.

“The use of the Sidelifter Code of Practice, while recommended, will not be mandatory, although the mandatory requirements that will be referenced in it cannot be avoided,” says Young.

“It is the intention of the NZITSG to make compliance uncomplicated and make sure that needless costs or compliance burden are not unnecessarily placed on operators. This Code of Practice will be the simplest and most effective mechanism available for industry to develop for the improvement of safety and compliance. The alternative is to wait for government to intervene and take a heavy-handed regulatory approach.”

The group‘s members represent each of the main port regions throughout New Zealand and are: Murray Young (NZ Express Transport, Christchurch); Ian Pauling (CODA Group, Auckland); Calven Bonney (L.W. Bonney & Sons, Auckland); Mike Herrick (TDL Group, Auckland); Grant Darrah (Reliance Transport, Auckland); Clinton Burgess (CODA Group, Tauranga); Nigel Eden (Tomoana Warehousing, Napier); John Anderson (LG Andersons Transport, Wellington); Richard Smith (Hilton Haulage, Christchurch); and Mark Purdue (H.W.R Group, Dunedin).

The Road Transport Forum is providing secretariat services to the NZITSG.