For Auckland firm Gleeson & Cox Transport, an investment both in high productivity motor vehicles (HPMVs) and a supporting software system has resulted in increased productivity on a busy route.
Gleeson & Cox is using a number of HPMVs for its contract with NZ Steel for transport from the Glenbrook mill through to Ports of Auckland, and also around the wider region. Project Manager Paul Holdom says the company has seen an impressive lift in productivity from the new generation of freight vehicles.
“It’s a win-win all round with the productivity gains from the new vehicles and their reduced impact on the roads and the environment,” Paul says.
Gleeson & Cox has also developed a tablet-based application for its drivers to use to ensure they are compliant with their permit. It performs a calculation based on the gross vehicle weight, number of axles and the route, which saves time and reduces the potential for error.
“We’ve made a substantial investment both in the vehicles and the time to get the permits, so there’s no point putting that at risk by being non-compliant,” Paul says.
“It’s all about getting the right vehicle with the right permit on the right route.”
The NZ Transport Agency’s Manager Transport Officers Iain Rossiter says “from our perspective it’s great to see operators like Gleeson & Cox appreciating the fact that compliance and productivity go hand-in-hand”.
Paul says there’s no doubt that the introduction of HPMVs has been a success and Gleeson & Cox is looking forward to seeing more routes and connections opened to HPMVs and further streamlining of the permitting process.