HVTT14: Rotorua, New Zealand, 15 – 18 November 2016
Welcome to HVTT14!
The International Forum for Road Transport Technology (IFRTT) is proud to present the 14th
International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Transport Technology (HVTT14). This conference
will provide a unique forum for legislators, road administrators, academics, consultants, vehicle
manufacturers and suppliers, transport organizations and transport operators to discuss and
exchange ideas on ways to improve the safety, efficiency, productivity and sustainability of the road
We expect to have delegates from all around the world including Asia, Africa, Central and South
America, Europe, North America and Oceania. In common with previous symposia, the format will
include plenary sessions, parallel technical sessions and evening social events for more informal
interactions. The opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow delegates has always been a highlight of
Throughout the world, countries are faced with a growing freight task. This presents significant
challenges in terms of congestion, sustainability, environmental impact and safety. Approaches to
addressing these challenges vary widely from country to country and reflect both the local situation
and community expectations. Productivity, safety and sustainability gains can be achieved through
Intelligent Transport Systems, enhanced logistics, vehicle technology developments, inter-modal
operations, increased size and weight, Performance Based Standards etc. The optimal mix of
approaches varies from country to country. The actual mix of approaches that occurs is driven by
policy and legislation.
Previous symposia have been held in Canada, England, United States, Australia, the Netherlands,
South Africa, France, Sweden and Argentina. HVTT14 will be the first time in New Zealand. The host
city, Rotorua, is a major centre for the road transport industry in New Zealand with several trailer
manufacturers based there and with substantial forestry activity in the region. Rotorua is also a
major tourist centre and provides a wide range of activities for accompanying persons.