As a passenger car driver in heavy traffic over the Easter period, I felt a lot safer driving behind a truck than I did in the chaos of the cars. Note the cars on the right. No, they’re not parked in a queue. They are traveling at around 120kph all up each other’s back-sides. Maintaining a safe following distance is a basic of road safety and yet here, it is a distant dream. Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go – to an early grave.
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Road death toll up 14% over Easter – 510 people killed

Given the widespread media coverage received since Transport Minister Blade Nzimande released the Easter road death toll, many readers will be aware of the shocking 14% increase in road fatalities over the period from March 29th to April 9th 2018

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The latest move in Cargo Carriers’ offering is a new warehousing and distribution arm operated through CargoSolutions, a division dedicated to making clients’ logistics more cost-effective. “This is a first for us. We’ve never done this before but it is something that has grown organically from our involvement with manufacturers in their factory processes,” says CargoSolutions divisional director, Dawid Janse van Rensburg.
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Clement Mokoenene and his team with the Vehicle Energy Harvesting System (VEHS). The system is fitted below the road surface with the vehicles driving over it creating the pressure that powers a turbine. A two kilometre stretch of highway fitted with the system could potentially power an entire city.
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FleetWatch was launched in 1993 initially as a fleet risk management journal, and has since evolved into a trucking magazine covering all aspects of the trucking industry with the primary focus on the “issues” facing modern day truckers. The magazine operates under a banner of independent and objective journalism while striving to elevate the trucking industry onto a platform of high priority within the context of the South African economy. We regard ourselves as partners in the industry rather than just mere reporters on the business of trucking. Our prime readership target is aimed at management operating in all areas of transport - ‘professional haulage’ for reward as well as ancillary operators who run transport as part of their overall operations. Many companies have followed the modern trend of outsourcing their transport and the suppliers of such services are also addressed as our target audience. We also get to product suppliers and service providers. The latest Audit Bureau of Circulation figures (January - June 2009) certifies our current distribution at 5 050 copies per month. FleetWatch was voted by the Specialist Press Association as South Africa’s Best Transport magazine six years in a row - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999. The magazine has won 60 awards for publishing and journalistic excellence since its launch in 1993 - the most ever won by any magazine in the history of MPASA. (Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa). To get in touch with us, please make use of the FEEDBACK form posted on our site or call us on +27 11 794 2490 – we’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, we leave you with the highest Irish wish: “May the wind be always at your back”. Keep on Trucking, Patrick O’Leary Publisher and Managing Editor
Fleetwatch shared Day Trading Attention's video.April 21, 2018 at 10:31am
Look at this video and then think: What are you putting in your way as a stumbling block to realising your full potential and achieving your dreams? This youngster is amazing. So are you....
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We normally post random stuff but when we seen this we just had to share this mans amazing story... Breathtaking Max Quaglio is one of them. It has affected the way he moves and the way he speaks, but it certainly hasn't affected the way he thinks. He's a got a job, he's going to uni, and he's looking for an internship, to further his business studies.
Fleetwatch added 3 new photos.April 21, 2018 at 12:41am
April 20th: Bigger, better and a first prize of R100000 in cash and prizes for the winner is what Hollard Trucking promised today at the launch of the 2018 Hollard Highway Heroes competition. As opposed to past competitions, the event has also been broadened from one to four categories - tautliners, tippers, tankers and flatdecks to more accurately reflect the diversity of operations in the trucking industry. Each category winner will receive R25 000 is cash and prizes and for the rest of the 30 ultimate finalists, there are also cash prizes. Attending the launch for the first time were Neil van der Westhuizen and Dieter Jensch from Tip-Top Milk who told FleetWatch they will be entering three drivers from their 60 drivers in the competition. They see this as a great value added project for drivers and operators alike acting as a motivational tool for all to improve standards with a resultant positive impact on road safety. They are seen in the picture below with Pieter Nel from Libra Insurance Brokers on the right. Also seen here are Wayne Rautenbach and Paul Dangerfield from Hollard Trucking. These two men pioneered this competition three years years ago and have seen it grow from 220 entrants in 2015 to 890 in 2016 and a whopping 2000 last year. FleetWatch is totally supportive of this competition as it truly does replace the word 'Unsung' with 'Highway' thereby recognising the truck drivers of South Africa as Highway Heroes rather than Unsung Heroes. It's all the right stuff. Salute to Hollard Trucking.
FleetwatchApril 20, 2018 at 9:15am
April 19th: FleetWatch is sad to report of yet another truck driver being killed in a crash. It happened this afternoon on the N1 Highway near the Rivonia offramp in Johannesburg when the truck and a light motor vehicle collided. ER24 paramedics, along with another service, arrived on the scene to find a large truck in the two right-hand lanes on the northbound highway. A light motor vehicle was found parked a short distance away. Paramedics discovered the body of the truck driver lying in the fast lane of the south bound highway. It is understood that the truck had collided with a light motor vehicle on the north bound highway. The truck driver was then ejected onto the southbound highway where he was then hit by another light motor vehicle. Paramedics assessed the man and found that he had sustained numerous injuries and showed no signs of life. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for him and he was declared dead. A driver of one of the light motor vehicles was assessed and found to have sustained moderate injuries. He was treated and transported by another service to a nearby hospital. Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations. FleetWatch extends its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased driver. May he Rest in Peace.
FleetwatchApril 18, 2018 at 2:38am
April 17th: A truck driver, believed to be in his 40s, was killed after the truck he was in collided with another truck on the N2 South in Umgababa, KwaZulu-Natal this afternoon. When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene just after 14h00, the man was found entrapped in the truck and the fire department was busy extricating the man with the Jaws of Life. The man was found to be in a critical condition and treatment and advanced life support interventions were immediately initiated to stabilise the patient’s vital signs. Unfortunately, the man succumbed to his injuries and he was declared dead at the scene shortly afterwards. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not yet known but police were on the scene for further investigations. FleetWatch extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased driver.
FleetwatchApril 17, 2018 at 7:51pm
April 17th: Seventeen people were left injured this morning when a taxi and truck collided at the Nic Dierderiks and Hendrik Potgieter Road intersection in Strubens Valley, west of Johannesburg. ER24 paramedics, along with another private service, arrived on the scene to find the truck and light motor vehicle on the side of the road. The taxi was found lying on its side against the truck. Several people were found either lying around or walking around on the scene. Paramedics assessed the patients and found that a total of seventeen had sustained minor to moderate injuries. Fortunately, no serious injuries or fatalities were found on the scene. Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to various hospitals in the area for further treatment. Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
Fleetwatch shared a memory.April 17, 2018 at 12:37pm
How good is this. Doesn't really make sense for SA but certainly does for the USA where many husband/wife owner drivers travel together full time living in their trucks for months before taking a break. They pitch up at consolidation points and hook up a trailer which needs to go where they feel like going - and off they go. In the USA you see many smaller truck tractors parked at motels while their owners take a 'luxury' motel room rest break. Who needs a motel room when you have this home on wheels.
The owner of one of the private security companies contracted to ensure safety during the match that turned violent over the weekend, says he is thankful that his employees didn't die in the chaos.
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