It gives me great pleasure to direct our readers to three different stories in this magazine relating to the recognition of our truck drivers in various ways. The first, on page 28, tells of the launch of the 2016 Highway
My y last Editor’s Comment for 2015 was headed: “Make me once again Proudly South African!” YOU CAN READ IT HERE . Well, on March 31st I was once again able to stand tall and proud as a South African. It was
Why does FleetWatch place such a high accent on road safety? Well, I can write endlessly about this – the dead, the injured, the costs, the tragedy, the tears, the horror! But I am not going to do that. I
Editor’s Note: This editorial was written before President Zuma started playing musical chairs at the Ministry of Finance. His latest blunder – which has cost the country Billions – merely endorses my view as stated in this comment. So, the end
Sometimes I sits and thinks. Sometimes I just sits. Over the past two months or so, there has been no time to just ‘sits’. I have been criss-crossing the country attending events, doing interviews, giving talks to various forums and generally
By now most of you will have heard of what has turned out to be the biggest scandal to ever have hit Volkswagen in its 78 year history. The saga revolves around Volkswagen being caught out for deliberately cheating and
In the general climate of gloom, doom and declining standards that currently permeates the South African economy and society in general, the trucking industry continues to throw out rays of hope that with the right vision, attitude, determination and resolve, there
Driving to a meeting the other morning, I was listening to Radio 702’s John Robbie interviewing a lawyer who he introduced as an international expert on mining issues. I have been following happenings in the mining sector quite closely trying
There is one hardship I don’t think those who experienced it will easily forget. I refer to the inaugural Sun International/Radio 702 CEO SleepOut which took place in Sandton in June. The idea behind the SleepOut was to get captains
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
As part of BPW’s global strategy to expand its presence in the aftermarket, BPW Axles (Pty) Ltd has acquired a majority stake in the JMR Trailer Parts Group. BPW distributes its spare parts in Southern Africa through a wide network
While we are seeing standards dropping in many areas of South Africa, it is heartening to hear of a world-class service which has come about through Resolve’s recent R400-million partnership extension with Pick n Pay which represents the company’s biggest
Isuzu Truck South Africa recently tapped into its belief that “education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world’ by launching the #ITSAEMPTYTRUCK book collection project – and the end result has been a phenomenal success
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.