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New Zealand moves closer to telematics based road tax system

  11.06.2009    

The New Zealand Transport Minister, Steven Joyce, has indicated that New Zealand’s diesel road tax, the Road User Charge (RUC), will move to an electronic monitoring, in the near future. 
The move toward a telemetry based road tax system is inevitable according to Dean Marris from leading global Telematics company International Telematics.  The company has spent three years researching, developing and road testing an advanced telemetry system called ibright. Ibright provides a host of telematic functions for fleet management, including electronic distance measurement, making it ideal for a road tax recording application.
International Telematics is providing its ibright hardware devices to the New Zealand Government for independent ratification of its electronic distance measuring function. Once this testing phase is complete the government will make recommendations for compliant hardware to become officially approved electronic devices.  This is likely to happen within the next 12 months.
“An electronic tax system eliminates the time-consuming and cumbersome process of manually recording distance by using an out-dated hub-odometer system,” said Dean Marris.  “Our ibright solution will do it all automatically.”
The installation of an electronic RUC system opens up a whole new world for transport operators continued Marris; “This is just the tip of the ice-berg in terms of what a truly modern telemetry system will deliver for operators.
“The functional advances in telemetry have been rapid over the last few years and there are huge benefits for transport operators,” said Marris.  “Systems like ibright provide transport operators with some very simple and effective solutions, using some very sophisticated technology.
“ibright has the capability to perform additional functions, which will  save transport businesses a great deal of money over time.  Things like driver performance and engine management can reduce fuel consumption dramatically.
“The new system will quickly become part and parcel of the day-to-day activity of the Road Transport Industry,” says Marris. “This means that telematics technology will become mainstream in New Zealand, which is a great step forward for the whole industry.  We are extremely excited, and proud to be a part of this move.”


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