Special Reports

Aug

Generous spirit of truckers shines through

2011-08-01 19:44
FleetWatch editor Patrick O’Leary (right) presents the certificate highlighting the names of all those who donated money to the cause to Philip Hull (centre) and Barry Niemand of Community Medical Services. Well done to the Call to Action delegates for opening your hearts and your wallets. You are Super Stars.

One of the sidelines at the Call to Action day was to raise funds for Community Medical Services in support of the great work they do in helping save lives in the Van Reenen’s Pass area. Operating out of their

Aug

Thanks to Time Freight

2011-08-01 19:44
Thank you Time Freight

A word of thanks must go to Time Freight for the sterling job their guys did in hauling some 350 drums between Johannesburg and Shongweni for the Call to Action day. Paul Boyter, the lead drummer, was seriously concerned about

Aug

A Call to Action

2011-08-01 19:44
 Managing Editor of FleetWatch, Patrick O’Leary (left), welcomes the MEC of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison for KZN, Mr Willis Mchunu, to the Call to Action day. In congratulating the trucking industry on this initiative, the MEC extended a hand of co-operation and support to the trucking industry in its striving for safer roads.

The Call to Action went out from FleetWatch and was answered by some 350 truckers and suppliers who arrived at the Shongweni Truck, Car and Outdoor Show ready and willing to make a difference to South Africa’s horrendous road safety

Jul

Massive fall off of tyre treads

2011-07-01 15:11
Have a close look at these treads picked up on the N3 during 2010. Looks to us like a lot of the treads are still in good condition which means they have fallen off prematurely. Why? After all, a tyre tread does not indicate the end of its legal life by flying off the tyre. So why should it do so before that time has arrived? Something is going wrong out there.

Wow! There’s something going horribly wrong with tyres, retreads or the in-service operational management of them in this country. Gideon Cloete, Incident Management Systems Manager for the N3TC, sent us the accompanying photographs of heaps of scrap tyres and tyre

Jul

Braking towards ZERO accidents

2011-07-01 15:11
Braking towards ZERO accidents

Reversing a trailer is one of the most dangerous truck and trailer operating procedures with statistics indicating that up to 35% of incidents involving trailer damage – colliding with pallets, docking stations, gates, trees, forklifts and other vehicles – and

Jul

Cap that valve

2011-07-01 15:11
The right way - The extension to the valve on the inner tyre on this dual set of tyres made pressure checking easy for author of this article Dave Scott (right). However, having an extension is not the beginning and end. You actually have to check the pressure. This inner tyre was totally flat which resulted in the driver having to change the tyre after it was pointed out to him.

When inspecting a tyre, many will look at it in its entirety , if you will excuse the pun. However, there is one component of the tyre that needs closer attention for it plays a huge role in the lifetime

Jul

Better grip bigger savings

2011-07-01 15:11
The SBS 2220 is equipped with an inverted roller bellow for the adjuster and calliper mechanism.

The fact that brakes and tyres are primary safety-critical components of any vehicle is common knowledge but how many people know how they really affect a truck’s running costs? FleetWatch looks at new brake and tyre technologies from SAF-Holland that

Jul

Know your braking systems

2011-07-01 15:11

Tremendous progress has been made with braking technology but the problem is that the end user does not always benefit from it or use it to its full potential. This is no doubt due to a lack of understanding of

Jul

Tyres don’t operate in isolation

2011-07-01 15:11
Bridgestone warns that mismatched tyres with different widths and treads on the same axle will not only have an effect on the life and performance of those tyres but also on other components on the vehicle. It’s the wrong thing to do.

Tyres do not operate in isolation to the rest of the vehicle and the way the whole vehicle is maintained can have a huge effect on tyres , and vice versa. This is the warning from Bridgestone South Africa which

Jun

Telematics tells All

2011-06-01 21:02
Operators need to know where their vehicles are at all times.

Responsibility for managing a fleet of trucks to achieve ongoing competitive, cost-effective and compliant transport services is now, more than ever, a daunting challenge facing transporters, fleet managers and their respective managements and owners. This is where telematics is coming