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Inspirational Isuzu handover IT WAS A NEW TRUCK HANDOVER POSSIBLY UNLIKE any other – as Hamilton transport operator Robbie Allen picked up the keys to his latest truck from CAL Isuzu. Guests at the CAL Isuzu function – to deliver a new Isuzu CYJ530 AMT and recognise Allen as a standout customer, with two trucks having each already clocked over one million kilometres – were clearly moved when Allen dispensed with the usual pleasantries of such occasions…. And recounted an inspirational story of success….despite a difficult and troubled early life. The MD of Robbie Linehaul, which runs 10 trucks contracted to Freightways company Parceline Express, managed to get half of his staff in attendance, even as he kept most of his trucks in operation – and thanked his drivers and support staff for their part in his success: “They are the real Robbie Linehaul Ltd,” he reckoned. CAL Isuzu MD Ashok Parbhu and Allen each spoke of their pride in the relationship between their companies – and the fact they’d come from humble beginnings. Parbhu added that in business “it’s not how much money you make, it’s how many friendships you make that counts.” Allen had the gathering captivated with the story of his transformation from a tearaway youth and young adult to a successful businessman – evidence, he said, that “a person on the wrong road can turn his life around.” Robbie Linehaul has been in business for 16 years – starting out with a secondhand Isuzu FSR400 4x2 and CAL Isuzu is delighted that, while the business has bought other makes over the years (his fleet includes Volvos and Hinos), “he’s gone full circle and come back to Isuzu.” Main picture: Robbie Allen (left) and CAL Isuzu sales consultant Andrew Farrell Below: Robbie Linehaul, CAL Isuzu and Isuzu NZ staff were present for an occasion that Allen described as “massive....it blew me away”

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The six Isuzus in the current fleet range from 2011 and 2012 CYJ460s (the trucks that have each clocked up over one million Ks) to the new CYJ530 delivered at the function. T&D

CAUTION CALL ON RAIL BRIDGES KIWIRAIL IS WARNING HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVERS OF the potential dangers of rail brdge strikes following an increase in incidents in 2017. In 2016, KiwiRail recorded 26 bridge strikes in total. In 2017, to early November, 32 incidents had already been recorded. “Drivers of trucks and heavy vehicles should always check the height of their vehicle or load before passing under a rail bridge,” says KiwiRail group general manager asset management and investment David Gordon. In one of the most recent incidents, in Whangarei, “it was fortunate that the driver….was not seriously injured, and that no other motorists were harmed. “It’s also lucky that the impact on the bridge was not too severe. If the driver had been going faster, or hit the bridge with more force, it could have weakened the structure and/or caused misalignment of the tracks,” says Gordon. “Drivers involved in these incidents can suffer serious injuries, and the public, our staff and our trains are potentially at risk if they travel over a damaged or seriously compromised structure. “Regardless of the level of damage, in an incident such as this the line has to be closed to allow further inspection of the bridge. This disrupts our services and the public.” KiwiRail has been investigating ways to reduce bridge strikes, including working with road controlling authorities on potential road improvements and installing more signage at problematic bridges, as well as working with GPS companies to ensure their systems are up-to-date. Adds Gordon: “The message to motorists is to always obey the road signs, which give plenty of warning of a low bridge. If you think your vehicle or load is above the clearance height, then do not try to pass underneath. Take an alternative route.” Anyone involved in a bridge strike, or who witnesses one, should immediately report it to KiwiRail on 0800 808 400, or to the Police, so the bridge can be inspected and any necessary repairs undertaken. Gordon says that “any driver who collides with a rail bridge could be liable for the cost of repairing the damage, as could their company, so please always watch your height.” T&D

NZ Truck & Driver Dec/Jan 2018  
NZ Truck & Driver Dec/Jan 2018