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CODA celebrates an increase in membership at its recent AGM, with a focus on helping drivers through the tough times

Road funding may have been a boon for those traveling on Auckland roads day in and day out, but for South Island drivers, there has been little to cheer about lately in the wake of rising fuel costs and bad weather.
It is these tough times, however, that have brought drivers closer together through organisations such as the Combined Owner Drivers Association (CODA).

At CODA’s recent AGM held at Clearwater Resort in Christchurch on July 1, approximately 100 members gathered to celebrate the great work that CODA has done over the past year, which was reflected in increased membership, one-on-one driver programmes and healthy financials.

Fresh from his appearance at the National Road Carriers AGM the evening reinforced the Forum’s position on the need for structured road tolls in order to see the freight industry through to 2020, when it is predicted to double. Already Friedlander pointed out, only seven percent of New Zealand’s roads are contestable by rail, putting serious pressure on the nation’s infrastructure.

Bruce Reid, executive director of National Road Carriers (NRC), highlighted to members what he had told Auckland drivers the night before – the industry’s has had immense success in chipping away at the driver shortage issue. NRC has been working closely with Work and Income and schools to place people into long-term driving positions. In the past year, NRC has placed 250 unemployed people into jobs, 90 percent of whom are still employed.

Reid also outlined a close working relationship with ACC, and says the industry has set itself a target to reduce injuries by 50 percent by 2012.

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