What holds the potential to be the most damaging piece of legislation ever to be introduced into the country pertaining to the road freight industry has been gazetted in Government Gazette 38722. I quote from the Gazette: The following regulation
I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again. Thank goodness I am associated with the trucking industry of South Africa. If I weren’t, I’d be in a total state of despair given the amount of bad news
The Automobile Association (AA) has come out with an argument which FleetWatch whole-heartedly and fully endorses. It relates to the 48 percent increase in the Road Accident Fund levy effective as from April. The AA’s argument is that the government
It seems to have been a torrid year for trucking. While all the good stuff that happens in the industry seldom hits the headlines, the bad stuff always makes it onto the front pages of the national – and at
Look at the photographs on this page. This is the environment I have been operating in over the past weeks – most of which is detailed in this edition of our FleetWatch eMag. It’s all so sad. Apart from the
am so sick and tired of seeing the name ‘Zuma’ on the front pages of our newspapers – all for the wrong reasons. If it’s not Nkandla, it’s the arms corruption scandal, or a dubious nuclear deal he signs with
Many readers will know of the FleetWatch Brake & Tyre Watch project which has been conducted with our much valued partners over the past five years. The project had been lauded as a world-leading exercise receiving much praise for the
Volvo Group Southern Africa has officially opened a new dedicated Volvo Used Truck Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng. The facility, close to the company’s head office and Regional Distribution Centre, was developed at a cost of R3 million. “Although the Volvo
Negotiations around the establishment of a single free trade area – spanning across 26 nations in Africa, also known as the Tripartite Free Trade Area – have been finalised, with the launch expected in May 2015. In light of Africa
Each year 15 993 deaths occur on South Africa’s roads, according to the South African Medical Research Council. In April 2015 alone, nearly 700 people died on the roads during the peak season, the worst Easter period in recorded history. The Department
Imperial has bagged a R123-million contract for transport, warehousing and logistics for the PG Group. “Imperial’s experience and expertise in transporting and handling glass, coupled with the organisation’s ability to deliver tailor-made logistics solutions, led to this contract award,” notes
Had a romantic meeting at the Institute of Road Transport Engineers monthly gathering earlier tonight. All by candle-light thanks to Eskom. Chick sitting next to me seemed quite nice so I reached out in the dark but it turned out to be a big burly bloody trucker. “Hey, wat maak jy? Ek bliksem vir jou one time jou etter.” Only joking. He must have also thought I was a chick as he actually took my hand and held it. Still joking. Not joking though is about Eskom power outages. Second night in a row where a meeting had to make do without Eskom power. Tonight was the IRTE. Last night was the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals where I was privileged to be the guest speaker on the topic ‘The Road Transport Industry - its Current Status and its Future.” It was held at the SAP offices in Woodmead where a generator substituted for the lack of Eskom power. Thank you for nothing Eskom but also, thank you for nothing to those bright politicians who, many years ago, decided not to build power stations to cater for South Africa’s future growth but rather to invest in housing for the poor, such as Nkandla. It was actually a little scary driving around Bedfordview earlier tonight in the dark looking for a way back onto the highway after getting caught in the traffic which had jammed from the evacuation of Eastgate due to a bomb scare. Amazing – no power, bomb scares in shopping centres and then, at the IRTE meeting, talks about no controls or standards on non-OEM aftermarket safety critical ‘pirate’ parts. Great place South Africa has become!!!!
Consignees of road freight as well as those receiving loads will need to carefully manage and administrate vehicle freights to prevent prosecution in term of recently promulgated overloading legislation.
Failure to comply with, will carry a maximum penalty of up to R240 000 fine or a six-year prison sentence or both. Read more here - http://ow.ly/Ne9Tc