The Automobile Association says there is an urgent need for a solution - one way or another - to bring closure to the “messy saga” of e-tolling on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).
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May 17th marked the end of the extended period for Gauteng motorists to pay their outstanding historic e-toll accounts at a reduced rate of 60 percent in relation to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). In May last year, Deputy

The JMR Trailer Parts Group, in which BPW Axles has acquired a majority stake, has eight branches throughout South Africa offering a wide range of trailer parts and accessories to more than 1 500 transport companies. This is the company’s Polokwane branch.
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Core to the service provided by Resolve to Pick n Pay are central planning and proactive execution management, ensuring compliance with distribution plans which, in turn, improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs. It’s no small task as this photograph shows. As I have proposed in the Editor’s Footnote to this story, if such a complex task can be conducted for the thousands of different consumer items delivered on a daily basis to Pick n Pay stores, then surely – via cooperation between the Government and the trucking sector - the delivery of books to schools can be done without the hassles we have seen in the past.
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It was an ambitious aim, to fill up this truck with books but through a gallant effort by Isuzu Truck South Africa and a supportive public, it was done via the Isuzu Truck South Africa #ITSAEMPTYTRUCK book collection project.A total of over 38 400 books were collected over a period of 22 days.
Over 38 400 steps taken towards a better South Africa
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FleetWatch was launched in 1993 initially as a fleet risk management journal, and has since evolved into a trucking magazine covering all aspects of the trucking industry with the primary focus on the “issues” facing modern day truckers. The magazine operates under a banner of independent and objective journalism while striving to elevate the trucking industry onto a platform of high priority within the context of the South African economy. We regard ourselves as partners in the industry rather than just mere reporters on the business of trucking. Our prime readership target is aimed at management operating in all areas of transport - ‘professional haulage’ for reward as well as ancillary operators who run transport as part of their overall operations. Many companies have followed the modern trend of outsourcing their transport and the suppliers of such services are also addressed as our target audience. We also get to product suppliers and service providers. The latest Audit Bureau of Circulation figures (January - June 2009) certifies our current distribution at 5 050 copies per month. FleetWatch was voted by the Specialist Press Association as South Africa’s Best Transport magazine six years in a row - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999. The magazine has won 60 awards for publishing and journalistic excellence since its launch in 1993 - the most ever won by any magazine in the history of MPASA. (Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa). To get in touch with us, please make use of the FEEDBACK form posted on our site or call us on +27 11 794 2490 – we’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, we leave you with the highest Irish wish: “May the wind be always at your back”. Keep on Trucking, Patrick O’Leary Publisher and Managing Editor
FleetwatchMay 24, 2016 at 9:10pm
May 24th: Three people died in a collision between a bakkie and a light delivery vehicle on the R555 in Ogies, Witbank, this morning. ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found the two vehicles crushed against each other in the veld on the side of the road. One person was trapped in the light delivery vehicle. Upon assessment, it was found that he sustained fatal injuries. Seated in the bakkie were two other men. Sadly, upon assessment, it was found that they also sustained fatal injuries. The men are believed to be in their 30’s. The exact cause of the incident is unknown and authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
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FleetwatchMay 22, 2016 at 9:49pm
May 22nd: I want to revisit the post put up on this page on May 20th under the headline “Three injured as truck read-ends passenger car”. The post stated that: “Three people were injured this morning after a truck rear-ended a light motor vehicle on the N11 Amajuba Pass in Newcastle in KwaZulu Natal.” The story solicited comment in terms of what the car was doing and how the crash happened. FleetWatch goes on information received from various Emergency Services who are on the scene of the many crashes that take place around the country on a daily basis. This is never definite information – and they always point out that the authorities would be doing a full investigation into the causes of the particular incident. However, the information supplied is invariably accurate based on their observations of the scene and talking to various witnesses. In this case, however, while the truck did indeed read-end the light vehicle, the impression was – based on this – that the truck was in the wrong. It was not. Far from it in fact. The company was Quantum Energy and the fleet manager Hansie Van Rensburg pointed out on our Facebook post that he had an in-cab video showing it was not the truck driver’s fault. The truck did not hit the car. The car hit the truck – rear-end from the front. How on earth? I contact Hansie and he sent me the video. Talk about an about-turn. I publish the video below, along with pictures showing the frontal damage to the truck. It was not the truck driver’s fault at all. Sure he read-ended the passenger car but, as can be seen from the in-cab video, the car had lost control on the wet road and came spinning towards the truck on the wrong side of the road. The truck driver could do nothing to avoid it. The car did indeed hit the truck – rear-end, from the front. What this highlights is that the fitment of an in-cab camera in today’s high crash climate is becoming a ‘must’. It eliminates all doubt as to who is at fault when a crash does occur. In this case, it takes the perceived ‘fault’ totally off the shoulders of the Quantum Energy driver. Thank you Hansie for allowing us to publish this video and please tell your driver we send him a huge ‘thumbs-up”.
Car spins out of control into front of truck
In cab camera shows how car spins out of control into truck
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FleetwatchMay 20, 2016 at 7:15pm
May 20th: One man was killed and three others injured this afternoon after a refuse truck overturned on Dirkie Uys Street in Somerset West in the Western Cape. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found a large refuse truck lying on its side in the middle of the road. They discovered the body of a man in his 20s lying a few metres away from the vehicle. Unfortunately the man had already succumbed to his multiple fatal injuries and was declared dead on the scene. Three other men, aged between 20 and 30, we're assessed and found to have sustained only minor injuries. Paramedics treated the patients and transported them to Mediclinic Vergelegen for further treatment. It is believed that the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to overturn. FleetWatch extends its condolences to the family of the deceased man.
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Fleetwatch added 2 new photos.May 20, 2016 at 1:55pm
May 20th: Three people were injured this morning after a truck rear-ended a light motor vehicle on the N11 Amajuba Pass in Newcastle in KwaZulu Natal. On arrival at the scene, ER24 paramedics found that three passengers from the light motor vehicle - a man and two women - had sustained minor to moderate injuries. Paramedics treated the patients and transported them to a nearby hospital for further treatment. Fortunately, neither the driver of the truck Nor the light motor vehicle sustained any injuries.
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FleetwatchMay 19, 2016 at 10:05pm
May 19th: CNBC Africa approached FleetWatch Managing Editor Patrick O'Leary to join Gavin Kelly, the Road Freight Association's Technical and Operations Manager, to talk 'things trucking' on its Driving Forward programme broadcast on May 18th. Here is the clip of the programme which I put up not to punt the RFA or FleetWatch but to ask for your input on some of the points raised. Agree or disagree with our comments - and don't hold back.
Freight Fright statistics: Unroadworthy trucks on S.A roads
According to trucking publication FleetWatch, for every 10 heavy trucks on our roads, between six and seven of them are unroadworthy. On this episode of driving forward, we discuss rigorous road tests truck and heavy duty vehicles have to undertake and why it's important to raise awareness for heavy...
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