FuelWatch by Max Braun – Nov 2010

2010-11-01 15:15

A major area of interest when visiting the bi-annual IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, is to catch up with the latest developments in fuel and emissions technology and what is in the pipeline for South Africa either now


Fuel Cost Trends – Nov 2010

2010-11-01 15:10

The following graphs and figures are designed to highlight various fuel cost trends as a percentage of trucking costs based on various transport operations. FleetWatch deems this to be vital information if rate adjustments are to be fair and timely.


Biofuels Update – Nov 2010

2010-11-01 15:05
LP Gas

This report concerning a variety of fuels is drawn from the comments made by various companies and organisations that were reported in the VDA publication “Future Drive Systems and Fuels’ on the occasion of the 63rd International Truck Show in


Straight from the Spout -Nov 2010

2010-11-01 15:00

The University of Vienna says fuel consumption is 17% less than it would have been if it was not for the need to satisfy Euro 5 emissions. The Opec meeting of oil ministers that took place when this edition of


Transport Productivity & Efficiency

2010-11-01 14:55

The motivation for manufacturers of commercial vehicles to promote better productivity and transport efficiency as described at the beginning of this issue is a natural and somewhat overdue development. It is, however, surprising that it has been left to commercial


FuelWatch by Max Braun – Sept 2010

2010-09-25 17:56

The crude oil price continues to hover between the weak US$ (strong rand) and a variety of ongoing geopolitical and international economic events. Thankfully, the Deepwater Horizon well lying almost a mile below the sea is now plugged. How long


Biofuels Update – Sept 2010

2010-09-25 17:21
Scania South Africa has an ethanol fueled bus on test in Johannesburg

There is not a much new to report on biofuels. Some progress appears to have been made regarding the production of ethanol. It seems the preferred choice of feedstocks will be sugar cane and sugar beet. While prospective producers wait


Straight from the Spout – Sept 2010

2010-09-25 17:19

No doubt our readers are aware that by the time you read this, a new carbon tax is being charged when purchasing a new passenger car or light commercial vehicle (a bakkie). This tax is calculated by SARS according to


Structuring a Maintenance Policy Plan & Procedures

2010-09-25 17:14

Recommended steps to structuring a Maintenance Policy Plan & Procedures Structuring a Maintenance Policy Plan & Procedures Gain widespread commitment to regular maintenance. Ensure there is ongoing motivation to support the plan and procedures. Emphasise the need for discipline in


Fuel Tips

2010-09-25 17:11

Every fleet owner knows how the lack of timely and appropriate maintenance inflates the cost of operating vehicles in a variety of ways from breakdowns to poor customer service. We also know that fuel represents the highest single cost driver