Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)

By: Dean Middleton


Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)
Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2) Old-school trucks: NZ Express (pt 2)

After more than 30 years under the ownership of the Simson family, New Zealand Express Transport in Christchurch changed hands twice in less than two years.

In 2005, the Lyttelton Port Company purchased the transport company, and in 2006, sold it to a consortium of Mid-Canterbury carriers who retain ownership to this day.

Company trucks now make up the bulk of the fleet. However, the contractor model has remained with numerous owner drivers still running under the New Zealand Express banner. Many makes and models of trucks are still commissioned within the fleet, and in recent years, some influence has been seen with the purchasing of new equipment in line with that of sister transport companies within the group.

A large portion of the workload has remained centred around the Lyttelton Port and greater Christchurch area, which has made the New Zealand Express livery one of the most easily recognisable transport companies throughout the region. It would be extremely unusual to drive from one side of the city to the other without passing at least one of the cream and red liveried trucks working and carrying on a long history for a company that will next year celebrate its 150th anniversary.

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