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CRA Business News – New Zealand

People returning to the road today are set for a shock. 

The AA says it’s expecting a record number of roadside assistance calls today.

The country moved into alert level three at midnight – and hundreds of thousands of Kiwis have returned to work.

AA’s Bashir Khan says they were expecting an influx of calls, but they’ve been overwhelmed.

“Daily average would be around 1200 to 1300 jobs – that’s starting from midnight to midnight.

At 3pm today, we had about 1300, so we are expecting around 1700 to close to 1900 jobs today.”

It comes as the Collision Repair Association is warning that repairs could take a lot longer, thanks to new sanitization standards and parts that need to be brought here from overseas.

Neil Pritchard from the Collision Repair Association told Heather du Plessis-Allan that if parts aren’t available in New Zealand, they have to air freight them in, and there is no air freight at the moment. 

“What was say a two-week transit time suddenly becomes a 10 to 12 week transit time.”

He says that 15 to 20 per cent of repairs would require imports, as not every part can be kept for every vehicle in New Zealand. 

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