The TruckR app is funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, in partnership with the Road Transport Association NZ.
It was created and built by two New Zealand companies, Webtools and Green Signal, with a lot of help from the Road Transport Association NZ. The team at Hilton Haulage tested TruckR before the app was introduced to the freight industry. #teamwork
Trucker is part of a wider Alternate Route Truck Crashes/Rollover Prevention Plan that has been developed by the South Island’s Truck Crashes/Rollover Prevention Team.
The team is made up of representatives from Waka Kotahi, Road Transport Forum, NZ Trucking Association, Road Transport Association of NZ, Heavy Haulage, National Road Carriers, NZ Police, Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit, Waka Kotahi contractors and consultants, and the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery Alliance (NCTIR).
After the earthquake the team got together to brainstorm ways of reducing single heavy vehicle rollover crashes on the alternate Picton to Christchurch route.
The aim is to reduce death and serious injury crashes and minimise closures and delays for all travellers.
TruckR is one of many actions from that plan underway. In addition to the plan, Waka Kotahi has reviewed speed limits along the alternate route to make it safer, and has committed to a $60 million improvement package to improve safety and resilience. These improvements include guardrails, pull over areas for heavy vehicles, slow vehicle bays and road widening. There is also an increased Police presence on the route this year.