General News

Nov

From doubt to success

2011-11-01 13:27

Automated Manual Transmissions have become increasingly popular among South African drivers. Given that Volvo Trucks’ I-Shift is now 10 years-old, FleetWatch thought it apt to take a look back at here it all started and how Volvo developed it over

Aug

Taking it Further

2011-08-01 19:44
If all reputable operators were to lower their standards, we'd see a lot more accidents on our roads. We need to RAISE not lower the bar and that is what the CALL TO ACTION is all about

The FleetWatch Call to Action day held at the Shongweni Truck, Car, Bike and Outdoor Show was truly that , an action day with live music incorporating the launch of our road safety song, interactive drumming, presenters sharing interesting and

Aug

Women join hands on road safety

2011-08-01 19:44
Clare Vale, chairperson of Women in Road Safety. The 'mamas' are now in the safety arena - and about time too.

At last the women of South Africa are getting off their collective butts to do something about road safety. This is happening through a newly formed organisation called Women in Road Safety, a forum of the Road Safety Foundation, which

Aug

Trailer maintenance a major concern!

2011-08-01 18:56
Internationally recognized brands help ensure trailer profitability.

Despite a growing trend among leading operators to manage their fleets according to ‘˜best practice’ principles, recent Brake & Tyre Watch statistics show that truck trailers continue to be under-serviced. Apart from the obvious road safety implications, poorly maintained trailers

Aug

Moegoe of the Month!

2011-08-01 18:56
To carry on driving is false economy and costly damage could occur - buckling or distorting of extended cylinder!!

These photographs were taken by Amiel Maritz of Jost while visiting customers in the Pretoria area. He sent them to us as a contender for our Moegoe of the Month. Here’s what he wrote: “Something obviously went wrong with the

Aug

Running-in a new trailer? Yes, it’s for real!

2011-08-01 18:56
You wouldn’t think it needs to be run in. But look closely and you will see the signs on the chassis that says it does.

What? Running-in a new trailer? You gotta be joking! Man, that’s for grandpa’s garage. In fact, truckers will tell you that providing you are using the correctly specified lubricant, you should work a new truck engine hard for the bedding-in

Aug

Not for the cool hearted

2011-08-01 15:11
Reports from some of the ecoFridge users indicate they are happy with the performance of the units but in general, the cost of going green is costly and questionable.

Are refrigerated transporters properly rewarded when rendering an efficient specialised service? In this annual review of this sector, FleetWatch correspondent Max Braun reckons many are not given that shippers, consignors and consignees show little willingness to accommodate the rising overhead

Aug

From boutique to blue chip

2011-08-01 15:11
Imperial is setting a good benchmark by positioning the group's environmental efforts at the cutting edge of international research, and within the context of the Millennium Development Goals. Mail & Guardian 'Greening the Future Award'

When Peter Williamson launched Javelin Trucking on March 1, 1986 with one bull-nose Mercedes-Benz truck tractor and two semi tankers, he had a very clear idea of the kind of service his company would offer. “My colleagues, Alf Cloete and

Aug

Javelin Trucking – There is always a better way

2011-08-01 15:11
Extra distance studies and Network Redesign for greener trucking

Imperial Logistics assists its customers in their sustainability efforts by redefining existing supply chain networks with a view to reducing ‘˜dead kilometres’. Technology systems such as i2 Supply Chain Strategist are used to model existing networks. “A feature that has

Jul

Walking the Talk

2011-07-01 19:44
 The tradition of transport in the Christowitz family goes back to 1921 when  CJ Christowitz started a transport company in Nyasaland using a Model-T Ford. It was rough and pioneering stuff.

A company which lives to the maxim that ‘˜successful businesses are built on relationships not transactions’ is Wynberg-based AC Carriers which has been doing the same work for the same client since 1990, using Iveco trucks supplied by the same