FleetWatch 2015

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Urgent action needed to address road safety says AA

2015-12-03 09:33
19 people died and four were injured in this one accident which occurred last weekend near Westonaria when a taxi lost control, hit into a truck and overturned. The AA says crashes and deaths on our roads are too common and believes more can be done to improve the situation. FleetWatch agrees with this sentiment.

Last weekend, South Africans again experienced another disastrous time on the country’s roads with one incident alone claiming the lives of 19 people in Westonaria in Gauteng. The human cost of these crashes is immeasurable and requires urgent action. “It


AON launches new fleet risk management solution

2015-12-03 09:32
Linking hands to improve driver behaviour on the road using technology as the tool are AON’s Deon Grobbelaar (left) and Louis Swart, MD of DriveRisk.

The increasing number of vehicle accidents on South Africa’s roads, particularly those involving trucks, raises many questions about the standard of driver training, the safety of all road users and the soaring costs to repair the damage and lost productivity


Why we need a state-run third-party insurance provider

2015-12-03 09:32
While injuries to your person are covered by the RAF, damage to a vehicle is not – and if an uninsured or underinsured driver has an accident with another vehicle, they would be liable for the costs incurred in that accident. Introducing third=party insurance would also be an opportunity to reduce the number of uninsured vehicles on South Africa’s roads says Chris Barry, MD of HCV Insurance.

Chris Barry, managing director of HCV Insurance, has been punting for the introduction of a state-run third-party insurance provider for many years. In this opinion piece, Fleetwatch affords Barry the chance to enlarge on his thoughts of why he feels


Hino SA comes out top in regional parts contest

2015-12-03 09:32
The Hino South Africa winning team, from left: Khathu Mudonde, Hino Parts Operations Support Manager; Dorcas Karosa, Hino Parts Senior Analyst; Gao Malau, Hino Parts Inventory Manager; Chris Jansen van Vuuren, Hino National Parts Manager; Charl Oosthuizen, Toyota Parts Interpretation; and Sudesh Sanilall, Senior Manager Hino Customer Service and After Sales.

Congratulations to Hino South Africa for coming out tops in the annual regional parts contest for distributors in Africa, the Middle East and Europe for the second consecutive year. Hino SA was competing against 15 other countries. The winner was


Themba Vilakazi is South Africa’s Highway Hero

2015-11-26 13:52
Themba Vilakazi, winner of the 2015 Highway Heroes with Wayne Rautenbach, general manager of Regent Commercial Vehicles (left) and employer David Street from Fairfield Long Haul.

Huge congratulations to Themba Vilakazi, a 45-year-old truck driver employed by Fairfield Longhaul in Kwa-Zulu Natal, on winning the accolade of South Africa’s Highway Hero at Regent Insurance’s inaugural Highway Hero awards ceremony held in Delmas, Gauteng. Vilakazi and the two


Embrace change or die warns bank head

2015-11-26 13:51
Dr David Molapo, head of Standard Bank Fleet Management: “Only those who expect and prepare for change will survive.”

Dealing with the usual business-cycle and strategy fluctuations is difficult enough for any executive but fleet managers have to stay upright while the entire foundation of the profession is shifting underneath their feet due to rapid and unrelenting technological advances.


ExxonMobil expands and appoints new distributor in SA

2015-11-26 13:44
Senior management from ExxonMobil and Centlube at The Mobil Lubricant Experience, from left: Gerald De Causemaeker from ExxonMobil; Clint Nickall of Centlube; Paul Mansour from enX Group; Lawrence Kearns and Vincent Cartier from ExxonMobil.

ExxonMobil has opened a new office and appointed a new authorised distributor, Centlube, to represent its lubrication business in South Africa. While ExxonMobil has operated in the country for many years, the new Cape Town branch is the first dedicated


Volkswagen launches new Caddy

2015-11-26 13:41
The new Caddy has been enhanced and refined in every area to ensure that it continues to be the benchmark in its segment.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched the fourth generation of its popular Caddy in South Africa. Around 1.5 million units (23 400 sold in South Africa) of the third generation model were sold worldwide during its eleven years in production. The