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April 2018 – the worst month in SA’s trucking history

The month of April 2018 will go down as one of the worst ever experienced in the history of the trucking industry in South Africa. It’s been a month of hell where, in a series of vicious attacks, we saw

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These pictures show the damage caused to two TRAC toll booths at the Nkomazi Plaza when a truck and trailer transporting sugar cane entered the plaza with an over the legal width and height load of sugar cane. Note the inside of the toll booth. Luckily the toll collector was not injured but this a danger given that this is not the first time such an incident has occurred. In the past few months, TRAC has incurred hundreds of thousand Rands in infrastructure damage from incorrectly loaded vehicles. Get it right guys.
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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
FleetwatchMay 17, 2018 at 10:43am
May 17th: FleetWatch wishes all our Muslim friends and associates well over the Ramadan fast. May this special month be blessed with love, peace and spiritual upliftment for each and every one of you.
FleetwatchMay 15, 2018 at 11:24pm
May 15th: Trends are showing that another massive fuel price hike is likely at the end of May. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. "Last month's fuel price account was closed earlier by the Department of Energy resulting in the postponement of a substantial 50 cent-per-litre increase brought on by a weakening Rand and rising international oil prices at the end of April," the AA explains. "However, this means the country started the month (May) with a substantial fuel price deficit. In the first half of May, the fuel picture has continued to worsen, with steep oil price rises and on-going weakness of the Rand against the US dollar." According to the AA, South African fuel users are currently facing increases of 81 cents a litre for diesel, 74 cents a litre for petrol and 78 cents for paraffin. The AA expresses its concerns over the impact of these price hikes on the economy. "Rises in the fuel price increases the cost of doing business and companies have few options but to pass these costs on to consumers. The deferred loss from last month will be included in this month's adjustment, which is currently looking to be substantial," the Association concludes.
FleetwatchMay 15, 2018 at 6:59pm
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May 12th: FleetWatch is sad to hear of the industry losing yet another of its valued truck drivers when a truck went off the N1 this morning about 60kms south of Beaufort West. It is suspected that the driver, who was killed in the crash, fell asleep behind the wheel. The long stretch of road through the Karoo on both the north and south side of Beaufort West has made this area of the N1 particularly prone to driver fatigue and we urge all drivers to stop and rest along this route. Owners should also make provision for scheduled rest stops for their drivers. There are safe truck stops in Beaufort West. FleetWatch extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased driver. May he RIP.
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May 8th: Lephalale police together with Lephalale ORS are busy with unrest that arose from Gaseleka village. The situation is tense. Already three trucks have been torched on the R572 Lephalale-Swartwater road. The allegation is that the fight is over chieftenship. Truckers from Botswana, Swartwater and from Steiloop should avoid using the R572 and use the N11 and other roads from it. Those who are from Lephalale can use R518 and other roads.
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