Bay fleet operator leads way at transport awards
Mount Maunganui company Tranzliquid Logistics Limited received the Fleet Operator of the Year award in Rotorua last week.
The company impressed the judges with its employment relations, which includes regular training sessions and social functions, and use of technology to prevent petrol vapours being released into the atmosphere.
Its compulsory training that includes a one-on-one buddy training programme for the first two to four weeks of employment also helped win the award.
The award was presented at the Institute of Road Transport Engineers of New Zealand’s (IRTENZ) bi-annual conference.
The IRTENZ Transport Industry Awards received entries from five transport operators for the Fleet Operator of the Year award.
Jackie Carroll and Greg Pert have owned and operated Tranzliquid Logistics for 10 years.
Miss Carroll said it was the first time the company had entered into that category.
“[I am] thrilled to get the award. It’s good for putting the business out there and setting a benchmark against other businesses.”
The award comes four years after the company received awards for business innovation and the judge’s commendation at the Tauranga Business Awards in 2006.
Miss Carroll said the award showed the company was leading in industry standards.
“We aim to meet and exceed industry standards.
“It’s a bit like doing a business review.”
The criteria for choosing the winner included safety improvements, relationships with customers, employment procedures and applying new technologies.
“A key theme of the conference was productivity and efficiency,” Miss Carroll said.
“We had to demonstrate how we were productively operating our fleet.”
Miss Carroll said two of the aspects that helped win the award were the company’s information about employee training and the standards the firm set with
As news of the award filtered through the company the reaction of the employees has been very positive she said.
“A lot of them didn’t know we had entered.”