NZ Road Transport Industry Awards

The New Zealand Road Transport Industry Awards were announced earlier this week at the end of the 2016 RTF Conference in Tauranga. The NZ Road Transport Industry Awards were one of the highlights of the two-day conference. Forum chief executive Ken Shirley says, “The annual awards recognise individuals and organisations that have gone above and beyond industry expectations in raising skills, safety practices, knowledge, training, innovation and expertise.”

Kathy Ross and Zane Fulljames (co-winners) – Outstanding Contribution to Innovation

kr-and-zane-fulljamesWhile it is unprecedented to have dual winners, the judging panel considered it impossible to separate Kathy and Zane for this award.

Kathy Ross of iCOS Live has created an innovative business that makes real-time tracking technology that is simple and easy to use for operators of trucking companies. Their flagship product incorporates world-leading technology, meaning that company management have more control over their business, can better identify where to lower costs and how to maximise profits.

In April this year NZ Bus announced a $43 million deal to retrofit its iconic Wellington trolley buses with the Wrightspeed electric powertrain, bypassing diesel hybrid technology to go straight to electric. NZ Bus, under its chief executive Zane Fulljames, became the first major transport company in New Zealand to make such a move. The whole team at NZ Bus won this award for their innovative thinking and courage to invest in such cutting edge technology.

SCLAA National Chairman, Mark Skipper, has on behalf of the SCLAA, congratulated SCLAA Corporate Member, Kathy Ross and her iCOS LIVE team on winning the NZ Transport Award for Innovation and Change at the NZ Road Transport Awards Event.