MasterTrucker – a division of the MasterDrive Advanced Driver Training Company upgrades Fleet on Internationally accredited Rollover Prevention Training
Johannesburg-based RAC Group, through its MasterTrucker division is now into its 4th year of training drivers on a crucial aspects of road transport which prevent rollovers
The training was introduced to the Afrox fleet and its contractors in 2012 with a view to ensuring that drivers who deliver Afrox products to customers were equipped with the best internationally recognised capabilities
Affirming its commitment to the Heavy vehicle driver training industry the training fleet has subsequently been expanded to include a custom designed Tanker which facilitates training by allowing drivers to experience the impact on a fully loaded Tanker
Revealed to the media and industry leaders at the RAC training facility the new equipment – fitted with cameras and monitoring equipment – was pushed to limit as participants at the MasterTrucker open day took turns to experience first-hand the dynamics of the training.
The frequency of roll-over accidents involving tankers in South Africa is of a much higher frequency than most people realise, and by allowing affected parties to test drive the this training rig in a safe environment sensitivities with regard to its challenges was highlighted. .
The cost of a roll-over accident is excessive, as the truck-tractor and the specialised tanker equipment is expensive and invariably results in environmental damage to the road surface and surrounding areas. These accidents are usually high profile events with plenty of media coverage, which can harm the reputation and public image of the company involved too. Costs can be as high as R 30 million depending on various factors, not the least of which is Company Image – think of the oil spillage and North America when an offshore rig failed!
With a view to improving driving standards and supporting road safety MasterTrucker have in cooperation with GRW developed a dedicated Tanker training unit based on the latest European specifications. The tanker is fitted with the latest and greatest from braking specialists – Knorr Bremse – and axle specialists BPW. Their partnership in developing a training tool suited specifically to South African conditions was invaluable as was the input of tyre giant Continental. The tanker runs on super single tyres on the 3 axles as well as the bespoke outriggers, which take incredible strain in the driver training.
In order to achieve optimum efficiency in the actual training design engineers from GRW’s tanker division spec’d optimum load distribution factors – an important component in enabling drivers to understand the factors that contribute to a rollover.
The original programme developed under the auspices of TUV Rheinland, a German Certification Company, has subsequently been enhanced to the point where drivers who engage in ‘mandatory’ two year refresher training see a significant benefit in the time spent in the classroom and truck cab. MasterTrucker’ s success in South Africa – for which it hosts drivers from the across the African continent – as far afield as Nigeria and Kenya has resulted in engaging with companies in South America as well as in Asia.
Eugene Herbert Group CEO comments “ it’s an endorsement of our training skills in SA that we can benchmark the standards in other emerging countries” and added “ many companies recognise that trying to apply training methodology from Europe or other 1st world companies doesn’t work – rather go to the experts in the 3rd world”.
The MasterTrucker instructors recently underwent a specialised HGV training program with VVCR from Holland – acknowledged experts in this field – so as to ensure that besides being the only “gold standard” of rollover prevention training they can as easily deliver any other truck driver training to international standards.
The local programme, enjoys the support of MAN Truck & Bus, BPW Axles, Knorr Bremse, Bandit Signs, Unitrans and Continental tyres
Commencing with a theoretical session where scale models of trucks and tankers are used for tactile demonstrations – allowing drivers to be fully engaged – the participants are immersed in practical training, experiencing in reality what was learned in the classroom.
Evident in the compilation of the 2016 training program was the fact that Trucknology is developing at a phenomenal rate that means drivers need to know how this impacts on their use of a truck. A component of the training is dedicated to upskilling and / or educating participants through an interactive component behind the wheel, testing fist hand such technology.
MasterTrucker initially focussed on the gas industry and now with a proven track record the benefits have been made available to any transporter exposed to such risks. With other players – such as dry bulk movers a concrete transporters are becoming beneficiaries of bespoke training modules.
“It took a few months to get our specialised equipment in place and the team trained to international standards, but now the sky’s the limit as we are confident that our training will result in a marked drop in the number of crashes involving heavy vehicles on our roads,” added CEO Eugene Herbert.
MasterTrucker also provide:
- Accredited HGV training
- Dangerous Goods training
- Forklift training
- HGV Defensive driver training
- Train the Trainer training