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
I am sure by now most of our readers would have heard of the tragic incident where one of the two giraffes being transported in a trailer on the N1 hit its head on an overhead bridge near Centurion and
There are a lot of ills running through the trucking industry, many of which need urgent medical attention. The problem is that no-one seems to be calling in the doctors. As a result, the illnesses remain, with some getting worse
For how many years have we been talking about South Africa experiencing a truck driver shortage? For how many years have operators bemoaned the fact that they can’t get well qualified, professional drivers? The answer is: “For far too many
On page 22 of this edition you will find an article headed ‘Rising of the Phoenix’. It is an article which expounds the virtues of G.U.D. Filters while at the same time chastises the company for hiding its light under
I recently saw a cartoon in The Star which caught my eye as being so apt and relevant in linking the trucking industry to the current political leadership crisis in South Africa. Yes, I know I’ll be knocked for saying
The following statement has just been received by Barney Curtis, (pictured below), Executive Director of The Federation of East and Southern Africa Road Transport Associations, on the tragedy that took place on November 24th at the Kasumbalesa border post between
Only two out of 10 trucks taken off the N3 last Wednesday evening for testing by the FleetWatch Brake & Tyre Watch team of industry partners and cops in training passed the roadworthy tests. That is horrendous given that the
In a review of fuel prices over the past few months, Eqstra Fleet Management has established that the 2014 fuel price has bucked the historical trend and that the increase during the current financial year will only be in the
Bandag’s 2014 recently hosted their National Franchise conference in Hermanus. The best of the best Bandag franchisees were acknowledged and rewarded for excellence in variety of spheres. This year’s event celebrate 10 Years of locals at the wheel. This was
Dammit - Dammit - DAMMIT! Just as I finished posting news of the Fields Hill tragedy below, thinking that’s the last bit of bad news I’m handling this week, comes news of another accident involving a truck – this time on the N1 north before William Nicol in Fourways where a man in his twenties miraculously escaped without serious injury when a truck collided into the back of his Ford earlier this morning. Shortly after 11h00, paramedics found the vehicle facing oncoming traffic with a large truck standing several meters away from the wreckage. Bystanders on the scene explained that the truck crashed into the back of the Ford crumpling the whole back of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fortunately sustained only minor injuries and was treated on the scene before being transported by another service to a nearby hospital for further medical treatment. The driver of the truck was not injured in the collision. ER24 paramedics said that should there have been anyone in the back of the Ford, they would have been killed during this collision. When does it all stop for goodness sake. It’s a bloody – with accent on ‘bloody’ in the literal sense - war zone out there. What's the answer? Where to from here?
I am so sorry to have posted so much of the bad news side of the industry this week. It doesn’t give us any joy either but we do so to raise awareness that all is not well in the industry at the moment. Unfortunately, proof of this has once again come to hand via a tragic accident involving a truck and a car which took place on Field’s Hill, Kwa-Zulu Natal this morning where an elderly woman was killed after her vehicle was crushed under a truck on the M13. When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene this morning, they found a light motor vehicle lying crushed beneath the truck and crane attachment. On assessment, they found that an elderly woman lay trapped in her vehicle. Unfortunately she had already succumbed to her injuries. Rescue services were on the scene to extricate the woman’s body from the vehicle. The exact cause of the crash is not yet known. FleetWatch extends its sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased women. This accident took place about half way down Field’s Hill on the north-bound side – the same hill where a truck ran away in September last year and hit into numerous cars and taxies at the bottom of the hill killing 24 people. After that horror crash, locals wanted all trucks banned from the M13. This call is sure to be taken up once again after this morning’s crash.