The Drakensberg Mountains acted as a fine backdrop to this year’s Road Freight Association (RFA) conference giving a sort of ‘all is well with the world” atmosphere to the event. Personally I would have preferred to see the conference being
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
Preventative measures have been taken by the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) to curb the theft and vandalism of traffic lights which has reached alarming proportions. More than 365 cases of theft and vandalism of the city’s traffic signals have been
All DAF trucks being sold into the southern African market will now come standard with an Executrax on-board fleet management system that incorporates a full-featured GPS fleet location, tracking and vehicle performance management system. “We’ve taken a hard look at
Hino SA intends enlarging its range of offerings in the popular 300-Series truck line-up to meet customer requirements and changing trends in the market. Among the major target markets for the range are bakeries, security companies and local municipalities with
FleetWatch has often spoken of the ‘heart’ of this industry and this has once again come to the fore via Bridgestone donating R1-million to PinkDrive to assist the organisation in its fight against breast cancer. The money was raised via
And this News 24 story, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a prime example of why FleetWatch is urging the Minister of Transport to work with those in the know when to comes to big decisions that affect the trucking industry. This story is about rail but we don't want the same type of 'blunders' to affect our industry sector - and banning trucks for six hours a day to prevent road crashes - as has been proposed by the Minister - will be a bigger 'blunder'. Work with us Minister Peters.
It is interesting - and really sad - when one compares the road safety standards in Germany where I am now - compared to what is happening in South Africa on this front. The situation can be summed up in the picture here which i have just received via email from ER24 of a car which ‘flew’ off the road and crashed into a house earlier today in KwamakhuthaTownship in Durban South. The driver of the vehicle said that he drove over a “ramp” of some sort, which led him to collide with the house. ER24 paramedics who arrived on the scene found – amazingly - that no injuries were sustained in the collision. One person who was sleeping in the house was woken by the car falling on the house. That’s one hell-of-an alarm clock. Certainly crashes do happen in Germany but the difference here is that the talk and actions on so many fronts show a determination to reduce the number of crashes. There is genuine passion and intent here from those who can influence the situation – such as the designers, developers and engineers from Mercedes-Benz who I am meeting with again today. In South Africa, I feel there is intent but no definitive, tangible, ‘make a real difference’ actions on the part of those who can positively influence the situation. It can be done but knee-jerk reactions – such as implementing truck restrictions to reduce the ‘carnage’ – is not the way to go. I am now off to find out more about what is being done in this arena on this side of the ocean. And I will interact with this picture in my mind. Quite sad actually. I wish I had a more positive picture to carry with me but on the other hand, what such an image does do, is motivate FleetWatch to ‘carry on the fight’ with a greater intensity.
Was very priviledged to have met and spent time with Georg-Stefan Hagemann, project manager of the Mercedea-Benz Future Truck 2025 in Berlin today. That's the 'driverless' truck introduced to the world last year. He reckons from initial sceptism, the concept of an autonomous truck is being more favourably viewed by drivers, members of the public as well as legislators in Europe who are seeing more clearly the benefits offered in terms of road safety, productivity and driver satisfaction. There is still a way to go in terms of altering legislation to allow for it to operate on public roads but take it as reality that it is going to happen. And for any driver who thinks it will replace the guy behind the wheel, not so. It makes your task out on the open roads a lot easier and enhances your life. Think of a Jumbo jet taking off with the pilot behind the controls but once he's up there on the highway in the sky with a long 'road" ahead of him, he switches over to auto pilot mode and then sits back, relaxes and chats to the air hostesses. Kewl hey. It's going to happen. The picture shows the visionary Hagemann with his 'baby".
The simple action of one man with an honest heart can restore so much faith. At OR Tambo going to Germany with Mercedes-Benz and popped in at the sweet shop for a packet of fags. Discovered after I checked in that my wallet was missing. I rushed back to the shop and there was a message from a guy by the name of Riaan giving his cell number. He works at ACSA. I phoned and he said he had it and would meet me to hand it over. When he arrived we had a chat and what a great guy. I had all but given up on ever finding anything I lose anywhere in SA. Two weeks ago I left my cell phone in a toilet. When I realised it was missing, my son phoned but it was off which invariably mean the thief has got it and you'll never see it again - which proved to be true. Thank you Riaan for restoring my faith in the simply honesty of South Africans. The way I'm losing things lately, it is most encouraging.